Is Mumbai ready to tackle blood shortage this festive season? 

The festive season is right around the corner and the State Blood Transfusion Council is anticipating the blood shortage in the city during this period and has directed the blood banks in Mumbai to make necessary arrangements. Keeping this situation in mind, the blood banks and individuals are planning to organise blood donation camps as this tends to happen in October every year

Is Mumbai ready to tackle blood shortage this festive season? The festive season is right around the corner as Dussehra and Diwali are just a few days away. And the State Blood Transfusion Council is anticipating a blood shortage in Mumbai during this period and has directed blood banks in the city to make necessary arrangements, keeping this situation in mind. “May and October are […]

Sath: A blood bank on your phone

Sath is an app which makes sure that patients get blood on time. A detailed requirement of blood for the patient who is in need of the blood is posted on the timeline of the app and the notification alerts other members about the emergency. Thereafter, arrangements are made accordingly. It is is currently being used in eight districts in Maharashtra and has saved over 1200 lives. The app is available on Google Play Store

Sath: A blood bank on your phoneBlood is the fuel of the human engine and can act as a lifesaver for a patient, and that’s why a lot of efforts are put into spreading awareness about blood donation. An app that facilitates blood donation has been developed. The app named ‘Sath’ was created by a group of young corporate professionals and […]

All you need to know about amputation for diabetes

Amputation is preventable or it can be delayed. People with neuropathy, peripheral artery disease, or both can take steps to preserve their health

All you need to know about amputation for diabetesPeople with diabetes have high blood sugar, which can lead to serious complications if untreated. Two serious complications are nerve damage and peripheral artery disease. These can lead to the need for amputation below the knee. Diabetes overview Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, refers to a group of metabolic diseases where the body cannot […]

Early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer now possible with simple blood test

This discovery helps more than just pancreatic cancer patients. EphA2 protein, while absent from the discharge of healthy cells, is abundant not only pancreatic tumours but also in early stages of colon cancer

Early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer now possible with simple blood testDoctors might be able to catch pancreatic cancer sooner by looking at what your cells are ejecting. Pancreatic cancer is so deadly in part because it is hard to find early enough for treatment to be effective. But a study in Nature Biomedical Engineering explains how scientists can look for a certain protein in what […]

Ten things you didn’t know about blood donation

While there are many misconceptions about blood donation, we hope these facts help you look at it in a new light

Ten things you didn’t know about blood donationIn a world where nearly everything can be manufactured, rebuilt, and redesigned, scientists are still unable to make artificial blood, meaning people who need blood transfusions must still rely entirely on donations. Unfortunately, donations haven’t been able to keep pace with their tremendous need. Here are some interesting and alarming facts about donating blood that […]

How much blood can your body afford to lose?

Without blood properly performing its duties, we are in trouble. Take a look at what happens when we lose blood, how we’re in danger of losing it fastest, and how much we can lose before damage is irreversible

How much blood can your body afford to lose?The sight of it causes anxiety, alarm, and sometimes even fainting. But without it, there would be no transport of oxygen, regulation of temperature, or metabolism. This substance plays a key role in our immune system, and supplies the tissues of our body with the nutrients they need. I’m talking, of course, about blood — […]

Here is what donated blood does to your body

The real risks from a blood transfusion come from the body’s reaction to a stranger’s blood

Here is what donated blood does to your bodyIt can be an icky thought to imagine someone else’s blood flowing through your own veins. Blood is one of the bodily fluids through which all sorts of diseases can be transmitted. And adding to the weird factor, blood carries a person’s DNA, the signature that is supposed to be unique to their body. But […]

Major breakthrough: Scientists make blood from skin cells

This development could lead to a robust source of new blood or immune cells becoming available to treat patients with immune disorders, or those who require blood transfusions

Major breakthrough: Scientists make blood from skin cellsResearchers in Singapore have artificially generated new mouse blood and immune cells from skin cells. This is a significant first step towards the eventual goal: the engineering of new human blood cells from skin cells or other artificial sources. One of the major challenges of regenerative medicine is to manufacture new blood and immune cells […]

It’s official. People are afraid of blood donation

It’s official. People are afraid of blood donationUsually, not many people are comfortable with the thought of blood donation. It is not because they are afraid of the needle, but there are several myths that surround blood donation.  In an interesting survey of over 200 people by Dr Sagar Mundada has revealed that people are afraid of donating blood. His survey has […]