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26th October 2016
Aging is not bad - even for blood
 
The view that "when blood transfusions are needed, it may be best to use the freshest blood" no longer holds true according to a research from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada published October 24, 2016 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
 
The study included 31,497patients and was conducted at six hospitals in four countries (Australia, Canada, Israel and the U.S) has shown that having a transfusion with the freshest blood did not reduce the proportion of patients who died in hospital. The mortality rate was 9.1% with people receiving the freshest blood, and 8.7% among those receiving the oldest blood. No significant difference were observed with regard to the patients' blood type, diagnosis, hospital or country.
Lead author and a professor emeritus of medicine for McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Nancy Heddle said, "Our study finally puts an end to the question about whether stored blood could be harmful and fresher blood would be better. Our study provides strong evidence that transfusion of fresh blood does not improve patient outcomes, and this should reassure clinicians that fresher is not better."
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Shri Satyendar Jain & Dr SY Quraishi inaugurate Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI)’s annual flagship event – the MTNL Perfect Health Mela

Being organised from October 25-29, 2016 at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi
 
New Delhi, October 25th, 2016: Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), a leading national non-profit organisation committed to making India a healthier and disease-free nation flagged off its annual flagship event - the MTNL Perfect Health Mela today. Celebrating 25 years since it’s inception, the 23rdedition of the Mela is being held from October 25-29, 2016 from 8 am to 8 pm at the Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi. 

Inaugurating the event were none other than Shri Satyendar Jain - Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of NCT of Delhi andDr SY Quraishi - Former Election Commissioner.Other dignitaries present included Shri Naresh Kumar IAS, Chairperson NDMC & Shri P K Purwar, CMD MTNL.
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