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All Blood Donation Centres Should Be This Shade Of Red

Every once in a while, form meets function in such a wonderful way that an architectural pun is born. It’s hard to find a better example than the Blood Center in Raciborz, Poland. Let’s just say they don’t have to worry about a spill staining the carpet.


How One Australian Man's Blood Donations Saved Over Two Million Lives

Today I found out about a man who saved over two million lives just by donating his somewhat unique blood plasma. Australian James Harrison is called “the man with the golden arm” due to the unusual composition of his blood. Harrison’s blood contains an antibody called Rho(D) Immune Globulin that is used to treat Rhesus disease, a severe form of anemia where antibodies in a pregnant woman’s blood destroy her baby’s blood cells.


Why Do We Have Blood Types, Anyway?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t really know what blood types are for. Do they really matter?


A Simple Blood Test Could Predict The Onset Of Alzheimer's

Scientists have developed a new blood test that can predict who will develop Alzheimer’s disease a year after having mild memory problems — and it could be in clinical use within two years.


Could You Get Drunk By Drinking A Drunk Person's Blood?

The average adult contains about five litres of blood. The average drunk contains lots of alcohol. So could you, in theory, have a cheap — if messy — night out by turning vampiric for the evening?


Life-Saving App Knows How Much Blood You Lost Just Looking At A Sponge

During a surgery, doctors and surgeons use a measurement called EBL — or estimated blood loss — to determine how much blood a patient has lost, and how much needs to be returned via a transfusion. Unfortunately it’s really just an educated guess, until Gauss Surgical’s new Triton Fluid Management System makes its way into operating rooms.


A Blood Donation Poster That Helps Save Lives And Charges Your Phone

The simple act of donating blood could actually help save someone’s life one day. And to help drive that point home, ad agencies Publicis Sao Paulo and Fundação Pró-Sangue in Brazil created a poster with a built-in charging cable that also helps save a dying smartphone.


Why Can't You Receive Blood From Someone With A Different Blood Type?

Hot, cold or just plain bad, throughout history, people have used blood as a metaphor to describe their changing moods. One aspect of blood, however, is immutable — its type. Since each blood type carries unique characteristics that can wreak havoc in the wrong body, it is vitally important to know yours and its attributes.


British Scientists Say They Have Created Artificial Blood For Humans

Somebody ring the bell at the blood factory, because it’s almost time to get those assembly lines running. Almost. A team of British scientists say they have created red blood cells suitable for transfusion into humans, a breakthrough that could change the lives of millions — if it works.


The Fascinating Journey Of A Blood Donation

If you’re super squeamish about blood this might be a teeny bit uncomfortable, but I found it absolutely fascinating. City of Hope shows each step a unit of donated blood takes on its journey from a donor’s arm to a patient in need. It’s a peek into the circulatory system that helps your hospital save lives every day.