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As severe blood shortages continue, mothers and babies are counting on donors

Dec. 20, 2021—Mothers and their babies depend on the generosity of blood donors to ensure that they return to good health following labor and delivery. “As a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist, I have at least two patients at a time — mom and baby — and both need ample blood to stay well,” said Lisa Zuckerwise, MD, FACOG,...

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Family knows firsthand the critical need for blood donations

Dec. 17, 2021—Vanderbilt cancer patient Brody Cramer knows all too well how crucial blood donations are. Since he was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year he has needed 23 units of red blood cells and 16 units of platelets.

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Treating children with cancer requires a strong blood supply; donations critically needed

Dec. 8, 2021—The ongoing national blood shortage has serious implications for young cancer patients, says Dan Benedetti, MD, MA, assistant professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. “I am a pediatric cancer specialist who takes care of infants, toddlers and school-aged children with solid tumors of their abdominal organs. To cure...

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Study shows mass shootings trigger blood donations

Oct. 29, 2018—When the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history unfolded in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017, former TV news reporter M. James Lozada III, DO, was in Chicago completing a fellowship in obstetric anesthesiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Now an assistant professor of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Lozada had worked in Las Vegas from 2004 to 2006, his final two years as a broadcast journalist.

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