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Blood Shortage

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Blood Shortage

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Blood Shortage

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NPR's Joanne Silberner reports that America's blood supply has become extremely low this summer. Since Sept. 11, blood banks have vowed to keep five days of supply available at all times. But the FDA has recently created sweeping new restrictions on people who may have been exposed to mad cow disease abroad. Health experts say the measures have restricted a lot of the banks' most loyal donors, so they're trying new measures to get others to give blood.