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Blood Stored Too Long May Threaten Patient Safety: Better storage methods might prevent dangerous breakdown of red blood cells, researchers say. “Transfusion of stored blood is one of the most common medical therapies,” said study senior author Daniel B. Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics and director of the Translational Science Center at Wake Forest University, in the news release. “For example, perhaps we can restore nitric oxide activity that is lost upon transfusion, use preservation solutions that better limit the degradation of blood cells, or develop agents that scavenge free hemoglobin.”

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