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August 14, 1986 | By Linda Herskowitz, Inquirer Staff Writer
Elizabeth Cleavey of Levittown was perturbed. Her son, who had injured his leg in a car accident, lay in a Temple University Hospital bed awaiting surgery. She wanted only blood from family members to be used if he needed a transfusion. The hospital's blood bank refused. Like many people concerned about AIDS, Cleavey believed that her son would be safer with blood from home than with blood from the general population of donors. The assumption is understandable, doctors say, but it appears to be wrong.
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November 13, 1994 | From Inquirer wire services
Representatives for David Crosby, who is awaiting a liver transplant, have put out a call for his blood type, O positive, so that there will be enough on hand when he has the surgery. The blood type is in short supply in Los Angeles County. A spokeswoman for UCLA Medical Center said donors cannot specify blood for the singer's use because his surgery has not been scheduled and blood can only be kept for 42 days. "If we keep the supply up," the spokeswoman said, "there'd be no problem when he needs his. " Crosby, 53, who might need as many as 100 pints for the operation, was reported in fair condition Friday.
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January 26, 1995 | By Dominic Sama, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
James E. Downey of Drexel Hill says he's no hero, but the people at the American Red Cross know he has saved more than a few lives. Downey has donated more than 100 pints of blood over the last 17 years. Last week, he was ready to donate again, in the midst of an urgent call for blood donors issued by the Red Cross in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey region. The area is 13 percent behind its goal of 179,079 pints of blood for the period between July 1, 1994, to Jan. 20, 1995.
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January 3, 1996 | By Andrew Backover, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The holiday season may be a time for giving but apparently not when it comes to blood. "Disease doesn't take a holiday," said Jay H. Herman, director of transfusion medicine at Temple University Hospital. "But donors do. " That's especially true this year, according to officials from the Penn-Jersey Region of American Red Cross Blood Services, based in Philadelphia. They blame everything from the flu to an unusually cold and icy December for blood shortages that are reaching dangerously low levels.
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June 13, 1992 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The cool kid walked into the cafeteria and sat down with her friends. She opened her mouth to speak. Nothing came out. Cut! The cool kid walked into the cafeteria and sat down with her friends. She opened her mouth to speak. But it was so noisy no one could hear her. Cut! The cool kid walked into the cafeteria . . . take three . . . take four . . . take five. The lights were pretty hot by the time the shoot for the American Red Cross promotional video at Springfield (Delco)
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January 6, 1990 | By Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
The outlook has brightened for surgical patients at area hospitals as the American Red Cross begins to catch up with a regional shortage in blood supply. The organization's 13-county Penn-Jersey region said yesterday that the worst shortage in a decade was fading as blood donations increased. The Red Cross told 93 area hospitals yesterday "that if the response from the public continues, we will be back to normal on Monday," spokeswoman Christie Phillips said. The organization had warned hospitals Thursday that it could not supply blood for elective surgery.
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June 12, 2010 | Daily News Staff Report
Gay-rights activists yesterday blasted a decision by a federal panel to maintain a ban on blood donations from gay men. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Committee's Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability voted 9-6 not to recommend lifting the ban despite calls from lawmakers and the American Red Cross to reconsider a prohibition that was created at the height of the AIDS epidemic. The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates blood donations, forbids any man who has had sex with another man in the last 33 years from giving blood.
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August 16, 1990 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, Special to The Inquirer
The Greater Delaware County branch of the American Red Cross hopes to increase its blood collection by about 50 percent in the 1990-91 fiscal year, according to branch administrator Peggy Reider. Blood collection in Delaware County was about 17,000 pints in 1989-90, Reider said. That figure does not include blood collected in Haverford and Radnor Townships, which are included in the territory covered by the Main Line branch. "We want to get the number up," Reider said, adding that the Delaware County branch wanted to collect about 25,000 pints of blood in the 1990-91 year.
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March 9, 1989 | By Chuck McDevitt, Special to The Inquirer
Sharon Hill resident John Keppler was in critical condition yesterday after undergoing a second liver transplant Sunday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Keppler, 31, of Ridley Avenue, underwent the second transplant Sunday afternoon about 3, according to hospital spokesman Steve Brown. Keppler underwent a first liver transplant Feb. 27, after the hospital notified him a day earlier that a donor had been found. He had been waiting for a donor for about three weeks after doctors determined that he was in the final stages of liver disease and could not be "sufficiently managed by medical therapy or other surgical procedures," said Brown.
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June 14, 2000 | By Kelly Woo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The American Red Cross is appealing for blood donations, saying a seasonal vacation drop-off that started early, combined with higher-than-expected hospital needs, could lead to a regional shortage. Nearly all the blood used for transfusions by nearly 100 hospitals in the Philadelphia region comes from the Red Cross, officials said. Types O and B are in particularly short supply. Though donations typically drop off during the summer and winter holidays, Red Cross spokeswoman Susan Sponar said yesterday that the current shortage was "out of the ordinary.
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April 28, 2014 | By Paul Jablow, For The Inquirer
Holly, a 5-year-old greyhound, barely flinched as the needle was inserted into her jugular vein. Veterinary technician Kym Marryott turned on the pump, drawing a stream of blood through plastic tubing as the dog's owner, Burke Meyers of Pottstown, steadied Holly's slender head with one hand and stroked her flank with the other. "Good girl," he said. Holly wasn't sick, and Meyers was smiling. The dog is one of more than 200 regular blood donors at the bloodmobile of the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School.
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June 16, 2012 | By Peter Mucha and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Here's your chance for fans to prove they bleed Phillies red, as in red corpuscles. The American Red Cross says there's an urgent need for blood donors, and until 1 p.m. today, the public's invited to stop by the Hall of Fame Club on the third base side of at Citizens Bank Park to give blood, get a rally towel, and have a chance to be selected to throw out the first ball at a home game. The Phanatic will be on hand from 10 to 11 for the Phillies Blood Drive, held jointly with the Red Cross.
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April 24, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Irving Millman, 88, a microbiologist who helped develop the first hepatitis B vaccine while working at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, died of natural causes April 17 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington. He had lived in the nation's capital for the last decade. In the 1960s, Dr. Millman collaborated with researcher Dr. Baruch Blumberg in the latter's laboratory at the cancer center to create the vaccine, which is credited with saving millions of lives worldwide.
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February 24, 2012
Friday Donate blood for children's health The Sickle Cell Association and the American Red Cross are hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Philadelphia Business & Technology Center, 5070 Parkside Ave. Donate blood to help children with sickle cell disease, a blood ailment passed down through families. Blood donations to the Red Cross can be designated specifically for the sickle cell programs of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Information: 215-471-8686, www.sicklecelldisorder.com/ Saturday Strutting at the Shore Sixteen string bands featured in the 2012 Philadelphia Mummers Parade will travel to Atlantic City for their annual "Show of Shows," an encore performance of New Year's Day routines.
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August 22, 2011 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
These 2,000 aren't just any loyal Phillies fans. They opened a vein for their team - and for the region's blood supply. The Phillies held their seventh annual blood drive Sunday with the American Red Cross at Citizens Bank Park, an event that has become one of the region's largest blood drives. The summer is generally a slow time for blood donations - but not Sunday. "We had more interest than we could accommodate," Phillies spokesman Rob MacPherson said. Some people were asked to donate another time, but they won't have Sunday's perks as incentive.
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May 25, 2011 | By CHRISTINA GALLAGHER, gallagc@philly.com 215-854-5926
A small army of blood technicians clad in red T-shirts and holding posters, banners and pennants raised their voices yesterday afternoon outside the building at 7th and Spring Garden streets housing the American Red Cross' blood-donor center. "Red Cross, double cross!" the employees chanted. About 100 members of Local 5103 of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees began striking yesterday morning in a fight for contract changes regarding safety, pay, scheduling and staffing.
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May 24, 2011 | By CHRISTINA GALLAGHER, gallagc@philly.com
A small army of blood technicians clad in red T-shirts, holding posters, banners and pennants raised their voices outside all four corners of the American Red Cross Building yesterday afternoon. "Red Cross, double cross," employees chanted outside of the blood donation center along Spring Garden Street. About 100 union members of Local 5103 of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees began striking yesterday morning as they fight for changes to their contract concerning safety, pay, scheduling and staffing.
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June 12, 2010 | Daily News Staff Report
Gay-rights activists yesterday blasted a decision by a federal panel to maintain a ban on blood donations from gay men. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Committee's Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability voted 9-6 not to recommend lifting the ban despite calls from lawmakers and the American Red Cross to reconsider a prohibition that was created at the height of the AIDS epidemic. The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates blood donations, forbids any man who has had sex with another man in the last 33 years from giving blood.
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February 26, 2008 | DEBBIE WOODELL
IT IS TIME TO END the federal ban on blood donations from gay men. The policy, established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1983 after the rise of the AIDS crisis, is based, at least, on outdated science, and, at worst, on bigotry. The FDA forbids the use of blood donated by any man who has had sex with another man since 1977, claiming on its Web site that they "have an HIV prevalence . . . 60 times higher than the general population, 800 times higher than first-time blood donors and 8,000 times higher than repeat blood donors.
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June 5, 2007 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For months, people have complained that filling up the car is costing them an arm and a leg. American Red Cross officials believe they have a better deal: give blood for a chance to win $3,500 worth of gasoline. Trying to counter the annual summer blood shortage, the Red Cross has decided that people might be more willing to give the "gift of life" if they got a chance to win an item some consider equally important to living. "Each summer we struggle to get people to donate blood," said Kristy Kane, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Region.
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