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Questions about the process, advantages, disadvantages, and rules regarding donating blood

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Being excluded from blood donation due to using protein supplementation

As in the title, I used another clinic from the ones I usually donate blood. The doctor that was responsible for taking my history in regards to approving me as a donor after the usual questions asked ...
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Are there any other probabilities for an O blood typed kid other than O & O parents?

I was watching a Ted-Ed video about blood types. It said that an O kid is only possible for O & O parents. I want to make sure of that fact, and to know whether it's related to only and ...
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Why can't we give blood within 8 days after taking an anti-inflammatory?

I'm used to regularly giving my blood and other blood components (plasma and platelets), but I was surprised the other day to see that one should not proceed to the donation if they consumed anti-...
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Why I should avoid to exercise after blood donation?

I'm quite experienced blood donor, even if I feel anxious during the blood extraction I've never felt dizzy nor tired after donation. Today I've been donating and the nurse told me to avoid weight ...
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Does giving blood lower blood pressure?

While it seems logical that reducing any fluid in a body would reduce the pressure does the body regulate it's own pressure after donating blood or is it lowered?
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How much time will take for receiving 1 bag blood?

I want an idea about time spent for taking 1 bag blood. I have a blood donor he will donate 1 bag blood. After taking his blood it will be transferred to a patient. Would anyone provide an idea how ...
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Why can't Jane give blood?

I have a friend, lets call her Jane. Jane is not allowed to give blood, this is because she has a medical condition whereby she is prone to having polyps in her digestive system. As I understand this ...
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How should I account for a blood donation while couting calories/trying to lose weight?

I am tracking my calories and other nutrients as part of an effort to lose a few pounds. I also have a whole blood donation scheduled today. If you aren't familiar with the process, afterward, they ...
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Health benefits from giving blood?

I heard a rumor that there were health benefits from giving blood. (The rumor claimed that doing so would help to "remove unwanted stuff from your bloodstream" so that your body could create fresh ...
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Is it necessary to hydrate before doing a double red cell blood donation?

So, I gave blood today, as is my habit about every 112 days, going on the apharesis machine to do a double red donation. After the donation, as usual, I found myself having to urinate more often than ...
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Blood donor restrictions (Mad Cow Disease) in Australia/France for people who lived in Britain, is it justified?

I have found out recently that in Australia and France you are not allowed to give blood if you spent more than one year in the UK between 1980 and 1996 because of mad cow disease. I am wondering why?...
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How can I improve my chances of a successful platelet donation?

I have a high platelet count and would love to put that to good use by donating platelets. But the last several times I've tried to give, my veins failed one way or another. The volunteers couldn't ...
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Questions about the use of Vitamin-E to prevent scar formation after blood donation

I am told that applying Vitamin-E before donating blood prevents permanent scar formation. But won't it's effect be nullified when the Phlebotomist applies the disinfectant before drawing my blood? Is ...
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Why lower gauge needles aren't used to draw blood for blood tests?

I am told that lower gauge needles (broader needles) are used during blood donation to minimize the damage to the RBCs. If the probability of damaging the drawn RBCs is greater with Higher gauge ...
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Take different blood components from different people

My aunt needs blood urgently, but she happens to be 0- and neither the hospital nor family and friends are able provide this blood type to her. However, I was wondering if it makes sense to take only ...
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Effect of Blood donation needles on skin

I have donated my blood 3 times now...all three times at different hospitals. The first time, a very fine needle was used...almost similar to the one usually used in injection or to draw blood for ...
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Blood Donation After Effects

So I just donated blood sooner today and now, 6 hours later, removed the tissue covering the extraction point. My question is that while discussing the events, I felt some side effects to it. The ...
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Should plasma and platelet donors be concerned about exposure to plasticizer compounds?

Once removed from the body, blood products have prolonged contact time with a large surface area of plastic: probably close to 2 metres of tubing, butterfly needle + attachment centrifuge bowl (...
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What are the implications of having weak A or B blood?

I have a child with weak B blood. I figured out that this means that the B antigen is only weakly expressed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2267/ So I understand what this is, but my confusion ...
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Blood donation while following GM diet

Is it okay to donate blood while following GM diet plan? I searched over the web but could not find anything relevant regarding this.
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Can blood transfusion help in case of scleroderma?

Can blood transfer can somehow help a case of scleroderma? I know it's not the way to cure it, but I was just wondering if this can slow down the body destruction made by the faulty lymphocytes. ...
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What did people do before the discovery of blood groups? [closed]

Today, we transfer our blood easily as we know our blood group. But what did people do before that discovery (in 1901 by Karl Landsteiner, then independently in 1906 by Jan Jansky and 1910 by William ...
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Toxoplasmosis during pregnancy and blood donation

Can a person who was infected with toxoplasmosis during his/hers mothers pregnancy donate blood, or is it unsafe and thus rejected?
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Risks of blood donation with autoimmune diseases

People with autoimmune diseases are generally either forbidden or discouraged from donating blood. Example: People who have autoimmune diseases (such as autoimmune thyroid disease, ankylosing ...
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how many 'lives' are saved from one donation of blood?

The red cross claims that donating blood can 'save up to three lives' That seems a highly exaggerated best case scenario. I'm curious, how many lives are really saved from a unit of blood? ...
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Are platelet donations more needed then whole blood?

A few months ago I showed up to donate blood and said I was willing to do any type of donation. I ended up getting dragged into donating platelets instead, which I admit I hadn't even realized was an ...
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Does blood donation reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease?

While answering this question about the possible detrimental effects of iron deficiency caused by frequent blood donation, I was reminded of a theory I heard long ago about a possible benefit of mild ...
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Time intervals between blood donations

What interval should blood donors wait between donations, and what are the risks involved in donating with shorter intervals than recommended?