The July issue of "MedBytes" brings you Web sites covering blood-related issues and the blood supply situation.
American Association of Blood Banks
Visit www.aabb.org for the latest news on the blood supply, diseases affecting the blood, transfusion information, and more. The site contains links to a calendar of upcoming events, facts about blood and blood banking and transfusion-transmitted diseases, and a special section of interest to medical professionals. The site also gives links to outside sites, such as government agencies, and to outside resources and organizations.
America's Blood Centers
For links to the larger blood banks in Texas, go to www.americasblood.org. Users can click on a state to locate their nearest blood center, and also find information about the America's Blood Center Foundation, and facts and news about blood and blood donation.
American Red Cross
Located at www.redcross.org, this site provides news of recent disasters and people who need blood or other help. The site gives links to Red Cross services, a calendar of events, information about how to help, and a list of organizations that have recently supported the Red Cross.
National Institutes of Health
Visit NIH's Web site at www.nih.gov/index.html, and type "blood supply." You'll find links to recent blood-related articles such as "Blood Supply Safe, But More Needed," and "Monitoring the Blood Supply."
MedLine Plus, at www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus, allows you to choose a topic by category. By selecting "Blood/Lymphatic System," you'll pull up links to topics such as blood transfusion, bone marrow diseases, bleeding disorders, anemia, and cholesterol.
Armed Services Blood Program
This program's site is located at www.militaryblood.dod.mil/. Each year, military blood donor centers need to collect 110,000 units of whole blood. The site provides links to a mission statement, organization chart, general information, and recently published articles on the site. You can also search the site by key word.
National Hemophilia Foundation
Go to http://www.hemophilia.org/NHFWeb/MainPgs/MainNHF.aspx?menuid=0&contentid=1 for bleeding disorders information, blood-related news, links to the latest research being performed, information about hepatitis, and a schedule of the foundation's conferences and events. The site also provides a list of outside Web sites relating to blood.
Texas Medical Association
Visit TMA's recently redesigned Web site at www.texmed.org and click on "Gateway to Health Resource Links." This area of TMA's site was approved by the TMA Library and Council on Public Health as providing links to credible health and medical resources. The Gateway gives clinical information designed for physicians, as well as resources for patients. Topics to search include consumer/public health, clinical information, journal links, health in the news, health science libraries, and drug/pharmacy information.
MedBytes is a quick look at new, or newly discovered, Web sites of interest to Texas physicians. The column also highlights features of the TMA Web site at www.texmed.org. If you know of some cool medical sites or have questions about how to use the TMA Web site, e-mail Erin Prather. Publication of information about Web sites in this column is not to be considered an endorsement or approval by the Texas Medical Association of the sites or sponsors, or of any products or services involved.