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5th March, 2018
Rational use of blood: Jaroorat bhi hai kya?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

RBC transfusions are now decreasing in hospitals in the US after steadily increasing for more than 2 decades. "From 2011 to 2014, statistically significant reductions in RBC transfusions were seen among all sexes, race/ethnicities, patient risk severities, payer types, and admission types," Ruchika Goel, MD, MPH, from the Department of Pathology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, and colleagues wrote a large, population-based report published in JAMA.

More hospitals have launched blood management programs to restrict transfusions.

The percentage of hospitalized patients who received RBC transfusions decreased from a peak of 6.8% in 2011 to 5.7% in 2014. At the same time, the proportion of patients who received a plasma transfusion went from 1.0% in 2011 to 0.87% in 2014. ... read more

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Gluten-free diet may help people with neuropathic pain

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Varicose veins may lead to blood clot and vascular diseases over time
There is a lack of awareness about this condition which may affect further prevention
 
New Delhi, 04 March 2018:A study published in the journal JAMA, has found that adults with varicose veins may be at increased risk of suffering from blood clot that could lead to vascular diseases. It has indicated that such people are also at a five times increased risk of developing a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) -- a clot in the legs which can lead to amputation or even death.
 
Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen, and twisting veins, often appearing blue or dark purple. They occur when faulty valves in the veins allow blood to flow in the wrong direction or to pool. The study also indicated that those with this condition are twice as likely to develop a pulmonary embolism and are at double the risk of peripheral arterial disease, which reduces blood flow to the arms and legs.
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