April 28, 2014 |
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.
June 16, 2012 |
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.
April 24, 2012 |
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.
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.
August 22, 2011 |
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.
May 25, 2011 |
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.
May 24, 2011 |
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.
June 12, 2010 |
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.
February 26, 2008 |
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.
June 5, 2007 |
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.