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Blood Donation Barriers

Donating blood saves lives. Patients the world over, who suffer from a multitude of conditions, need blood. The blood transfusion process seems pretty simple, right? Just take one person’s blood and stick in the veins of another person. Wrong. Blood transfusion is complex, and without proper safeguards, the process would be incredible risky. In fact, blood transfusions used to be… Read more →

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Donating Blood: Good for Your Health?

Donating blood is usually perceived as something donors do to help other people. And that’s good—donating blood does help countless people the world over every day. Blood donations help people with chronic diseases, victims of severe trauma, and people in many vulnerable positions.   But does donating blood also help donor? Some say yes. This may seem counterintuitive—less blood should… Read more →

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Blood Transfusions: Why They’re Safer than Ever

Watch the news every night, you might get the impression that blood is is a sorry state. With diseases like ebola, chikungunya, and a new hepatitis c relative getting media attention all the time, you could be forgiven for worrying about the safety of the blood we’ve got available. People are understandably squeamish about blood at the best of times,… Read more →

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Erratic Readings: Inconsistent Blood Pressure and Heart Risk

Keep an eye on your heart. More specifically: watch your blood pressure. Scientists are currently uncovering interesting trends in the relationship between circulatory strength and potentially lethal events. Their major finding: that variation in pressure–sudden spikes, erratic readings, etc–is perhaps a bigger warning sign than consistently high readings for heart attacks and strokes. Inconsistent pressure, it seems, signals serious issues.… Read more →

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Synthetic Blood – A Game Changer

In 2017, the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom will attempt the first synthetic blood transfusions on humans, as reported on Medical Daily. If the clinical trials are successful, it will be a major medical breakthrough in the area of blood transfusions. Scientists at NHS and the University of Bristol have manufactured red blood cells using stem cells… Read more →

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The Importance of Blood Availability on the Battlefield

Getting a blood transfusion is not without risk. The life-saving advantage of a transfusion, however, far outweighs the risk. In a battle or war zone, blood is a precious commodity that must be supplied quickly and safely. One primary factor to consider before a transfusion is whether the blood donor’s blood matches the recipient’s blood type. Using a wrong blood… Read more →

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Technology to Improve Your Overall Health – Via Your Blood

New medical technology developed in China makes it possible to rapidly, accurately, and economically detect pathogens in the blood. As reported in an article in Chemistry World, Chinese scientists have developed a silicon chip containing nanoparticles of silver that can accomplish sensitive detection of bacteria in the blood, quickly and at a much more economically than other diagnostic tools. Detecting… Read more →