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Plasma Donations

If you already donate blood, you know about the lifesaving benefits, but you’re limited to donating up to 24 times a year. If you find yourself wanting to do more, consider donating plasma. Just like blood donations, plasma donations can help people in need. Here are some things you may want or need to know before donating plasma: What’s the… Read more →

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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 →