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FDA Recommends Ending Lifetime Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men

AP | MATTHEW PERRONE | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-y...

Never Limit Where Running Can Take You

Brian Boyle | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Brian Boyle

To be able to not only walk, but to run is a beautiful thing.

It's Time to Allow Gay Men to Donate Blood

Otávio Dias | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Otávio Dias

Why are gays banned from donating blood even if they are not HIV-positive and have safe, protected, judiciously considered sex?

Game of Leukemia Fight

Rose Tafoya | Posted 10.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Rose Tafoya

GOLF may be just a game for many, but for Jarrod Lyle it means much more. Whether we wear pink, yellow or any color, no matter what our cancer story...

Why Allowing Gay Men To Donate Blood Could Have A MASSIVE Impact

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices

By Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Lifting a ban on blood donations from gay men would increase the amount of ava...

Just One Republican Calls For End To Blood Donation Ban For Gay Men

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) stood out last week as the only Republican to support a call on President Barack Obama's administration to end a longstanding ...

Will The Gay Blood Drive Impact The FDA's Ban?

The Baltimore Sun | Michael Gold | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices

Since 1983, the Food and Drug Administration has banned blood donations from men who have had sex with other men any time after 1977. Created in the n...

Will Gay Men Finally Be Allowed To Donate Blood?

Posted 06.20.2013 | Gay Voices

The American Medical Association (AMA) spoke out against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) controversial ban on gay male blood donors. ...

The Socially Responsible Pet

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 05.29.2013 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

I believe that everyone has the capacity to have a positive impact in their community. It may be as simple as offering a meal to someone who is hungry, teaching someone a new skill, or solving a problem that has perplexed society. I believe that your pet can be socially responsible as well.

Surgery: What to Expect in the Hospital

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Mirza Grotts

I have always loved my doctors, and I regard general anesthesia as a chance for the kind of deep sleep that I don't often get. At the time of my last surgery (nothing big), I thought of several tips that can help anyone who is admitted to the hospital for a medical procedure.

Big News For Mexico's Gay Community

Posted 12.27.2012 | Gay Voices

Mexico has reportedly become the first North American country to end its ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. Blabbeando reports that...

Let's Take a Stab at the Medical Myths Surrounding Vampires

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

A considerable body of scholarly work seeks to explain what might have created the folklore of the vampire or Nosferatu -- a name that comes from the Greek nosophoros, or plague-carrier.

After Dying 8 Times, Triathlete Accomplishes Amazing Feat For Charity

Posted 10.24.2012 | Impact

Brian Boyle died eight times after a dump truck sidelined him on his way home from swim practice, but the resilient athlete just wouldn't let go. ...

Why Gay Men Still Can't Donate Blood: The Atlantic

The Atlantic | Tara Sun Vanacore and Abigail Barnes | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices

I gave blood in the caucus room. That sounds like a Bob Dylan song, but it's actually a description of my experience donating blood to the Red Cross a...

FDA: Blood From Bio Waste Bin Used In Transfusion

Posted 08.16.2012 | Miami

The FDA sent a stern warning to a large South Florida blood bank after finding multiple cases of unsafe practices -- including the use of platelets st...

Red Cross: Blood Supply Lowest In 15 Years (What You Can Do)

Posted 07.31.2012 | Impact

The American Red Cross’ blood supply has hit a 15-year low, USA Today reports. According to the nonprofit’s website, it got 50,000 fewer donati...

Blood Donations Urged Among Blacks. Why The Push?

Posted 03.01.2012 | Black Voices

While high rates of sickle cell anemia and lupus prevail in the black community, often requiring blood transfusions, experts say African Americans cur...

Million Hearts Program and the New York Blood Center

Bruce A. Barron | Posted 01.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Bruce A. Barron

Two million Americans have a heart attack or stroke every year and more than 800,000 of them die. Million Hearts is a joint venture involving governmental agencies together with private sector partners.

After Massive Storms, National Blood Supply Hits 10-Year Low

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Since massive snowstorms have blanketed the United States, blood supply levels across the country have dropped substantially. The American Red Cross ...

Fort Hood Tragedy: How You Can Help Right Now

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Thirteen people are dead and 31 are wounded after a horrific shooting Thursday at Fort Hood's soldier processing center. The suspected gunman, Major N...