ACCESS GRANTED: Successful Blood Transfusion With Fake Blood
Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.
Every second is precious in an ambulance, especially when your life is at risk.
You’re lying on your deathbed, hoping you make it to the hospital in time. Once you get there, they test your blood type. Finally, they can pump new blood into your system.
Trips like this don’t always end well...
But for you, scientists say you could avoid this whole jaw-clenching process with fake blood.
Japanese scientists claim they’ve developed an artificial blood that can treat patients of all different blood types…
And it can be done well before a doctor rolls you into the emergency room.
For now, the fake blood has been tested on rabbits. In a recent study, scientists gave the artificial blood to 10 rabbits suffering from severe blood loss.
So how many of those transfusions were successful?
SIX of those 10 rabbits survived… These stats are comparable to that of real blood transfusions.
No wonder some call it “life saving,” as its shelf life surpasses current options.
The Asahi Shimbun reports:
[Blood] platelets [which stop bleeding] can be stored for four days if shaken to prevent solidification, while red blood cells can be kept for 20 days at low temperatures.
The artificial blood [which consists of platelets and red blood cells] can be stored at normal temperatures for more than a year.
With such a long shelf life, experts believe this could be particularly useful in secluded places, like remote islands.
As Manabu Kinoshita, an associate professor of immunology at the National Defense Medical College, puts it:
It is difficult to stock a sufficient amount of blood for transfusions in such regions as remote islands.
The artificial blood will be able to save the lives of people who otherwise could not be saved.
Want to stay on top of this mouth-dropping discovery? Read more here.
Who knew there could be a day where humans survive without real blood?
But science suggests that truth can be stranger than fiction…
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Take red meat, for example. You’ve been told to avoid it so you don’t develop cancer or heart diseases.
But just recently, new reports based on three years of work by a group of 14 researchers in seven different countries suggest otherwise.
The research included 55 populations — totaling a whopping 4 million participants.
The New York Times adds:
In each study, the scientists concluded that the links between eating red meat and disease and death were small, and the quality of the evidence was low to very low.
If you thought a vegetarian diet was the only way to stay healthy, give this story a read.
Today’s theme is clearly “expect the unexpected.”
Everything you thought you knew to be true about health could very well be a lie (or outdated research).
Have you heard about the 82-year-old woman with dementia who got her memory back?
She didn’t recognize her own son. Things weren’t looking too good for her.
But then she switched her diet, and everything changed.
To your health,
President, Longevity Insider HQ