Allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood would help alleviate chronic blood supply shortages in the U.S.
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In 1983, during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, the US Food and Drug Administration made the decision to ban gay men from donating blood. Now, 40 years later, it is dropping that rule.
Sitting with legs crossed for prolonged periods may have negative health effects, expert warns.
The science behind why crossing your legs while sitting could be detrimental to your health.
Type 2 diabetes, characterised in its advanced stages by insulin resistance, is an important risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
Impaired insulin receptors in the blood vessels between the blood and the brain may contribute to the insulin resistance observed in Alzheimer’s disease.
The red blood cells were made by extracting stem cells from a blood sample.
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Lab-grown technologies may help change the way certain human diseases are studied and treated.
A 44th blood group was recently discovered by researchers at Bristol University.
Blood plasma and products made from it are used to treat conditions ranging from blood clotting disorders to immunodeficiencies to Rh-negative pregnancies.
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There has been a monumental policy shift in paying blood plasma donors in Canada.
In what’s called ‘benign masochism,’ some people find the feeling of disgust pleasurable.
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Going out of your way to get grossed out might seem like a contradiction of human nature. But it serves a strong evolutionary purpose.
We calculated there was a one in 1.4 billion chance of someone contracting vCJD from a blood transfusion. And that risk will get even smaller with time.
Dozens of bed bugs and their eggs and fecal material on a metal bed frame.
Bed bugs are pretty much universally reviled. But a public health entomologist explains how – while potentially traumatizing to deal with – they aren’t likely to make you sick.
Researchers can test blood samples taken for other reasons to see if patients have previously had COVID-19.
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Your blood can hold a record of past illnesses. That information can reveal how many people have had a certain infection – like 58% of Americans having had COVID-19 by the end of February 2022.
Blood donations have dropped at the same time that the need for blood is soaring.
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Life-saving blood is needed for everything from treating cancers and chronic conditions to helping trauma victims. But blood donations have dropped to crisis levels during the pandemic.
Sweat contains information on the condition of our bodies.
Sensors that measure sweat could be coming to the market soon, but for them to be useful, we’ll need to understand more about this fluid that our body produces.
The body starts plugging up wounds as quickly as it can to prevent blood loss and infection.
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Blood plays a vital role in keeping us alive, from delivering oxygen to the body’s organs to fighting off infections.
Capillaries are the body’s smallest blood vessels, and allow oxygen, nutrients and waste products to be delivered and removed from tissues.
European regulators are investigating a possible link between the vaccine and a second rare blood disorder.
Our bodies heal in some amazing ways. Scabs can be an important part of the healing process after we get a cut or a graze.
UK transfusion services are world-leading in being the first to take an approach based on the sexual behaviour of all donors.
New laws due this summer will allow gay men who have had the same partner for three months or more to give blood
Workmen dissecting a whale carcass in Antarctica, circa 1935.
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For 200 years, a small number of countries have exploited the marine wildlife of Antarctica, often with devastating impact on their populations.
Pink blood, green blood, or no blood at all – when it comes to what’s inside a worm’s body, the answer is more complicated – and fascinating – than you’d think.
Plasma is the yellow liquid component of blood. It is separated into its component proteins and used in medical treatments.
A potential shortage of crucial blood plasma highlights the case for paying Canadians for plasma donations, rather than continuing to import most plasma from the United States, where donors are paid.
Here’s some facts you ought to know.
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We’re full of blood – around five litres, on average.