Blood transfusions are an essential component of modern-day medicine, saving lives in a variety of situations, ranging from genetic diseases like sickle cell anemia to road accidents. But, the history of blood transfusion is a rocky one. For instance, did you know that a German physician founded the world’s first blood transfusion institute in 1926 because he believed blood transfusions led to immortality?Continue reading “The Secret in Your Veins: The History of Blood Transfusion”
If you’re unlucky enough to end up in hospital in need of a blood transfusion, you trust that your transfusion will help you recover. You certainly hope that it won’t infect you with a serious disease with long lasting effects. To prevent that from happening, blood undergoes a bunch of tests so doctors can make sure it’s safe to transfuse into patients. Continue reading “The Tests That Donated Blood Goes Through”
What’s your type?
Blood type, I mean. You may already know that you’re an “O negative” or a chirpy “B positive.” Or one of many other combinations of A, B, O, positive and negative. But what do those letters mean, why do they matter, and what does the future of blood typing hold? Continue reading “Blood Types and Donuts: How Blood Typing Works and Why it Matters”
Where would we be without blood? That red stuff that carries vital oxygen from our lungs to our muscles, and helps move our body’s chemical waste to where it can be recycled or disposed of? Blood is vital for life in humans, but did you know that not all animals have blood, and that some have blood that is very different to our own? Continue reading “Where Would We Be Without Blood?”