Blood Cancer Awareness Month {September}

Due in large part to the Lymphoma Research Foundation's (LRF) Advocacy Program, September was designated as National Blood Cancer Awareness Month in 2010 by the United States Congress. Since then, LRF has been a leader in raising public awareness about lymphoma and Blood Cancer Awareness Month, not only during the month of September but throughout the year.     Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that occurs when lymphocytes--white blood cells that help protect the body from … [Read more...]

Women and HIV/AIDS (Infographic)

HIV/AIDS has claimed 30+ million lives since discovery. Its impact on society can be seen worldwide through the illness itself, discrimination, and even economically. Learn how this disease affects the lives of women around the world. Human immunodeficiency virus infection / acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system caused by infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). During the initial infection, a person may experience a brief period … [Read more...]

What is diabetes?

 Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood sugar (glucose) levels, that result from defects in insulin secretion, or action, or both. Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as diabetes (as it will be in this article) was first identified as a disease associated with "sweet urine," and excessive muscle loss in the ancient world. Elevated levels of blood glucose (hyperglycemia) lead to spillage of glucose into the urine, hence the term sweet … [Read more...]

Biologist Bryan Ballif, Langereis & Junior blood type proteins

You probably know your blood type: A, B, AB or O. You may even know if you’re Rhesus positive or negative. But how about I tell you that in addition to those 2 systems (ABO and Rhesus), one could have as far as 28 other types in his blood? Intriguing, isn’t it? 28 in fact, until a week ago. The number has now grown to 30 with the discovery of 2 new blood types, raising the total, alongside the classics we know to 32 blood types discovered so far. MNS, Lewis, Duffy, Kidd, Kell are the … [Read more...]

RYAN WHITE-20th Anniversary of Death-Tribute April 8

  PRESIDENT OBAMA signs RYAN WHITE Care Act (Bill HR6143), Twenty years ago on April 8, 1990, Ryan White died, just months before Congress passed the AIDS bill that bears his name. WHO is RYAN WHITE? Jeanne and Elton John beside Ryan White in his hospital bed in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children's Hospital in Indianapolis several days before Ryan'd death in April 1990. Jeanne had asked me not to photograph Ryan's face because she did not want to remember his very … [Read more...]

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