Nearly 70 percent of all people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime. Will the blood be there when you or your loved ones need it? Currently blood supplies remain at a critical level throughout Michigan. Only willing blood donors can help the American Red Cross be prepared to help patients with life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

"Every day, patients throughout the region rely on hospitals for the blood they need," says Robertson Davenport, M.D., medical director, ...

(Washington, DC) - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) sent a letter, signed by 69 members of Congress, calling on key members of the House Appropriations Committee to increase funding for global AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria programs.

"The United States can and must do more to lead the fight against these devastating pandemics by increasing funding for the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, ensuring that children are treated and cared for, and increasing our contribution...

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) responded to the CQC's first report into dignity and nutrition for older people.

RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dr Peter Carter said: "Some of the concerns raised in this report are truly shocking and we are clear that there is simply no excuse for failing to treat patients with the respect and dignity they deserve. All nurses, doctors and allied health professionals should be able to meet the physical, social and emotional needs of patients an...

Having parents or friends who smoke, dropping out of high school and trying cigarettes at a young age are all linked to adolescents being more likely to become smokers.

A study based on a national sample of more than 14,000 young adults 21.8 years old on average found many common factors contribute to smoking among youth. Depression, for example, increases a young person's risk of becoming a smoker, as does finding cigarettes pleasurable when first trying them. Being a "novelty seeker"...

The BMA said it was essential to help children say no to cigarettes, in its response to the Government consultation on tobacco control1, launched recently. Dr Vivienne Nathanson, Head of BMA Science and Ethics, said:

"Many of the proposals outlined in today's tobacco control consultation were put forward in a recent BMA report 'Breaking the cycle of children's exposure to tobacco smoke' and it is good news that the Government has taken many of our recommendations on board.

"It es...

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