Part of Jordan Eagles’s Blood Equality – Illuminations, 2017, an installation that uses imaged blood on plexiglass.
Contemporary artists from Judy Chicago to Stelarc have made art from blood. And an exhibition at Melbourne's new Science Gallery addresses our ambivalent attitudes to this life-giving fluid.
Our blood flows through our every organ and gives us life. So problems can have wide-ranging consequences.
An overview of the most common problems in our blood: bleeding disorders, clotting disorders and cancer.
Blood transfusions save lives - at least they do now. Here’s how an ancient experiment became a routine life saver.
Here we look at how blood transfusions started as an experiment four centuries ago, and became the modern-day life saver they are.
We know blood is vital for life, do we know why?
Illuminations: Blood Equality by Jordan Eagles (USA) Image credit: David Meanix and courtesy of artist as part of Science Gallery Melbourne’s BLOOD exhibition
Everything you never knew about the red stuff in your veins.
Millions of lives are saved by blood transfusions every year.
The guidelines don't go far enough to clarify what to do in the case of refusals by children.
Metabolism can change after weight loss.
Women measuring waist image via www.shutterstock.com.
Weight loss often leads to declines in our resting metabolic rate – how many calories we burn at rest – which makes it hard to keep the weight off. So why does weight loss make resting metabolism go down?
Patient-specific aorta models with diseased coronary arteries.
Computer simulation and 3D printing are allowing scientists to develop faster, safer ways to test medical devices without installing them in live humans or animals.
Warfarin was first used as a pesticide.
Warfarin is a blood thinner that has been used for more than 60 years to help prevent clots and strokes. But it also increases the risk of bleeding.
Bloodletting was treatment for infection in the past.
Wellcome Library, London
While some ancient therapies proved effective enough that they are still used in some form today, on the whole they just aren't as good as modern antimicrobials at treating infections.
Blood is just one of the body fluids we need to survive.
Blood bag via www.shutterstock.com.
By learning a bit more about these body fluids, we can develop a deeper appreciation for the beauty and complexity of our own biology.
It’s good for you.
Blood donation via www.shutterstock.com.
After years of conflicting research and often extreme opinions on iron, it turns out that like anything else that is a benefit in moderation, in excess it is a detriment.
Menstrual art with raspberry syrup.
The only approach that you don’t find used in menstrual power protests is the use of menstrual blood as a love charm. Perhaps that's because it taps into the deepest fears of people, especially of heterosexual men, of being entrapped by the power of women’s fertility.
Staph aureus bloodstream infection has a 12-month death rate of between 20 and 35%.
Which of the following conditions would you prefer to have during your next stay in hospital? A. Staphylococcus aureus (Golden Staph) bloodstream infection; or B. a heart attack?
Blood is categorised by the naturally occurring proteins and sugars on the surface of red blood cells.
Few discoveries have revolutionised the practice of medicine as much as the discovery of human red blood cell groups. Unlike modern vampire and Time Lord mythologies, blood groups don’t have a particular…
Clean up act.
Sepsis claims the lives of 8m people worldwide each year. It is the leading cause of hospital deaths in the US, a major threat to soldiers wounded in battle and a killer of children, particularly in under-resourced…
A child in Senegal waiting to be tested for sickle cell anaemia - in parts of Africa up to 40% of the population can carry the sickle cell gene.
Genetic mutations that affect our blood cells’ haemoglobin are the most common of all mutations. It has been estimated that around 5% of the world’s population carry a defective globin gene. Haemoglobin…
Things have moved on.
Swiss scientists have developed a breakthrough technique that could see full-thickness skin grown in the lab, complete with…
Researchers have discovered a new way to stabilise haemoglobin, the oxygen carrier protein in the blood. Researchers wrapped…
Researchers have created an artificial blood substitute with a protein extracted from marine worms, rather than based on…
Offering small gifts to blood donors has a positive effect on generating numbers of blood donors and the frequency they donate…