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CLINIC AL ISSUES


Hematologists bound for Hollywood fame and fortune?


If you have not yet seen “Blood Detectives,” which aired earlier this year on the Discovery Health Chan- nel, Washington DC’s WETA, or PBS-affi liated stations around the country, you can now watch it online at www.bloodthevitalconnection.org/blood-detectives/Default. aspx. The hour-long documentary focuses on the highly specialized medical professionals — hematologists — who unravel the secrets and mysteries of human blood. The fi lm not only examines the lives of patients affected by both common and deadly blood disorders but also features the hematologists as they race against time to fi nd treatments for conditions ranging from leukemia to bleeding disorders and more. A DVD is available for use in the waiting room as an educational tool for patients, or for medical students to inspire them to pursue a career in hematology. “Blood Detectives” discussion guides are available to help facilitate a dialogue with participants about topics seen in the fi lm. Joseph Lovett is the docu- mentary’s producer and director.


Sunny Florida is December site for 2010 meeting/expo


The 52nd annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) is scheduled for Dec. 4-7 this year at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Advance registration and housing is available from Aug. 3 through Nov. 4; early- bird registration ended Aug. 2. From Oct. 21-28, the extremely competitive late-breaking abstract submissions will be open; only six abstracts will be selected, regardless of the number of submis- sions. This deadline is not intended as an extension of the general submission deadline, and focuses on abstracts with ground-breaking, novel data that, oth- erwise, could not be presented at the annual meeting. Offi cial ASH headquarter hotels are The Peabody Orlando and the Rosen Centre for ASH members only. For hotel and other travel information, go to www.hematology.org/Meetings/Annual-Meeting/ General/2744.aspx.


WFH supported by Baxter International


Medical News TODAY reported that Baxter International launched “Our Lives with Hemophilia: The Stories of Vaibhav and Paul” at the Hemophilia 2010 World Congress of the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH), July 2010. The video podcast provides a


look into the daily lives of two young men — Vaibhav Nehra of New Delhi, India, and Paul Wilton of Lon- don, Canada — from diverse backgrounds living with severe hemophilia A. This podcast is the fi nal episode in the educational series: “Achieving Treatment for All: Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders,” which was developed to encourage a global dialogue as well as action based on the need for broad-based access to care and treatment for patients worldwide — 75% of them do not receive appropriate care. See the podcast at www.wfh.org/index.asp?lang=EN.


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