Infection and vaccination both leave their mark in your blood.
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There’s pretty much no one left in the US who hasn’t been exposed to the coronavirus, whether by vaccination, infection or both.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are many occasions when there is a shortage of blood.
The reasons for the hesitancy to donate blood are complex and include a fear of needles and lack of awareness. Awareness and education drives to dispel the fear of donating are important.
The rewards for doing this usually aren’t monetary.
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Because most people want to be perceived as generous, sometimes monetary incentives for doing a good deed are counterproductive.
Blood has special traits unique to every person.
Every person’s blood is identified by type. Why does this matter?
Sicily, 1943: Whose blood was this U.S. soldier getting?
Until 1950 the Red Cross segregated blood. It was thousands of African-Americans during World War II who forced the Red Cross to include them as donors and helped pave the way for activism of the 1960s.