- Banked Blood Could Do More Harm Than Good
Two US studies suggest that almost as soon as it has been donated, banked human blood loses the vital ability to transfer oxygen to body tissue that desperately needs it. The researchers say that for the majority of patients, blood transfusions with banked human blood could do more harm than good.
- Had A Heart Attack? Be Careful Going Back To Work
Middle-aged heart attack victims who go back to chronically stressful jobs are twice as likely to suffer a second heart attack or a related problem than those in less taxing jobs, Canadian researchers reported on Tuesday.
- New Drug May Treat Alcoholism Without Detox
A migraine pill seems to help alcoholics taper off their drinking without detox treatment, researchers report, offering a potential option for a hard-to-treat problem.
- Study Finds Stored Blood Lacks Nitric Oxide, May Trigger Heart Attacks, Strokes In Transfusion Recipients
Much of the stored blood given to millions of people every year may lack a component vital for it to deliver oxygen to the tissues. Nitric oxide, which helps keep blood vessels open, begins breaking down as soon as blood goes into storage.
- Menstrual Irregularity Linked With Lung Function
Women who have irregular menstrual periods with unpredictable flow are more likely than other women to have abnormal lung function and asthma, according to a new report.