Two new blood types discovered

Two new blood types discovered

When a person is involved in a serious accident one of the most important requirements is making sure they receive the correct type of blood. Many people are familiar with the common blood categories such as A, B, AB or O but most may not have heard about the...
Blood test to detect lung cancer?

Blood test to detect lung cancer?

New research could pave the way for a blood test which could detect lung cancer, it has been revealed. A study, published in journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed that microRNA molecules in the blood of people with lung cancer could...

What is a Phlebotomist?

First and foremost, I am a professional. I’ve been around ever since it was discovered that our blood holds deeply complex secrets about human health. Today, thousands of tests are performed on the blood I carefully extract from dozens of patients every day. I...
Blood test ‘could cut hospital heart readmissions’

Blood test ‘could cut hospital heart readmissions’

A simple blood test carried out when a patient is being discharged from hospital could cut hospital readmissions for those with heart failure, research has shown. Researchers from Johns Hopkins have found that patients whose levels of a certain protein reduced by less...
Blood test ‘could measure smokers’ heart risk’

Blood test ‘could measure smokers’ heart risk’

A blood test could be used to measure a smoker’s danger of heart disease, researchers have found. Levels of a lung protein found in the blood of smokers could indicate their risk of dangerous plaque build-up in blood vessels, according to a study published in...
Mobile App Puts Phlebotomists on Call

Mobile App Puts Phlebotomists on Call

A Richmond, Virginia startup company has created an app that is changing the way physicians connect their patients with phlebotomists when lab tests are needed. The app is similar to software used by Uber and other on-demand services. Here’s how it works: A...