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Recent News Articles

June 2, 2017

Lorena Aranda, director of the QualTex Immunohematology Reference Laboratory (IRL), presented on HLA antibody screening at the South Central Association of Blood Banks (SCABB) in Orlando, Florida.

Her on Friday, May 26, titled “HLA Antibody Screen- Retrospective Review,” it includes what we know about TRALI, and how requirements from AABB committee members can help those patients receiving transfusion in the future to be safe.

“We are trying to decrease patients from possible transfusion reactions,” Aranda says. “When a patient needs blood, we are providing them blood products and some in rare instances are having transfusion reactions – versus no reactions and improving their health”

Human leukocyte antigens (HLA) are found on platelets, white blood cells, immature red blood cells and nucleated cells. Before a patient gets a transfusion, testing must be performed to determine if the donor blood is compatible with the patient.

May 9, 2017

Recent research about tests for the Zika virus have shown an active infection is harder to detect than originally thought.

As a result, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new health advisory for women of childbearing age.

The CDC is suggesting that women who may be exposed to the virus because of where they live or where they travel should consider getting a blood test for the Zika antibodies before they get pregnant.

A baseline reading could help with the interpretation of a Zika test during a pregnancy.

The CDC also suggested that pregnant women who may be infected, even if they do not have any symptoms, should be tested at least twice during pregnancy.

April 18, 2017

When it comes to fighting mosquitoes – and especially the Aedes aegypti, which can carry the Zika virus – just about everyone has an opportunity to contribute in 2017. Among them:

Construction workers

A recent report in the Miami Herald said the local outbreak of Zika in Miami Beach was traced back to standing water at a construction site in the city.

Builders of both commercial projects and homes should be on guard for standing water, even in small amounts, at job sites. Inspectors in Miami found hordes of mosquitoes flying around puddles on each of five floors of an unfinished building recently.

Before buildings become weather-tight, workers and their supervisors need to watch for water from rain or plumbing work and make sure the water is not allowed to stand.

Homeowners

March 21, 2017

Genomic research has shown the Zika virus outbreak in Florida last year came not from a single “patient zero,” but from multiple infected travelers.

A team from the Scripps Transnational Science Institute identified four different introductions of the virus in South Florida, testing samples from 17 people. Looking at the total number of infected people in the region, the researchers calculated that there may have been as many as 30 introductions of the virus.

Kristian Andersen from the institute, reporting at the 10th Future of Genomic Medicine Conference in La Jolla, California, noted that sequencing the genome of the virus from mosquitoes and patients also showed that travelers to the Caribbean were the primary means of introduction. The study was summarized at Medscape News.

December 2, 2016

BioBridge Global was one of the sponsors of the 2015 San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Healthcare and Biosciences Economic Impact Study, which was released to the community this fall.

The healthcare and biosciences industry is the fastest-growing sector affecting the economic growth of San Antonio. BioBridge Global is a critical part of that sector, from managing the largest community blood center in South Texas to providing services that enable development of regenerative medicine treatments. BBG is taking the lead in this industry and has forged alliances to help serve patients in San Antonio and around the world.

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