No Evidence That Degenerative Brain Disorders Can Be Transmitted Via Donated Blood

HealthDay (6/27, Preidt) reports that research “finds no evidence that degenerative brain disorders can be transmitted via donated blood.” Investigators looked at data on approximately 40,000 patients, all of whom “had received blood transfusions between 1968 and 2012 from people who were later diagnosed with any form of dementia or Parkinson’s disease.” The researchers also looked at data on more than 1.4 million other patients.

The study indicated that “patients in both groups had exactly the same chance of developing a neurodegenerative disorder, which clearly shows that these diseases cannot be transmitted through blood transfusion, the researchers said.” The findings were published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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— “Donated Blood Won’t Transmit Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, June 27, 2016.

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