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  • Need to Know

Need To Know | Blood test: What you don't know about blood | PBS

Duration: 15:13
Program: Need to Know #116
Broadcast Date: Aug. 20, 2010

For decades, blood has been called "the gift of life." Each year, close to five million Americans receive a blood transfusion. For many, that transfusion will be a lifesaver. But for others, a transfusion may do more harm than good, according to some doctors and researchers. For those patients, there may be a better alternative. Need to Know medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay reports on the potential problems, and ingenious solutions, to the time-honored practice of blood transfusions.

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Post Date: August 21, 2010