Over the Summer I read about a surprising side affect of the recession: blood drive donations were down. Fewer employees hiding out in cubicles translated to fewer arms available to give blood. Blood banks around the nation suffered a second blow this Fall due to swine flu outbreaks, when many blood drives at schools as well as businesses were canceled due to a high volume of absenteeism credited to the H1N1 virus.In light of the dwindling blood supply, why not give a charitable gift this year that truly keeps on giving. You can donate blood. Think of it as an altruistic twist on the vampire phenomenon sweeping the nation. Not sure what to expect? Here are a few details on giving blood for the first time.
There is a common misconception among kids that blood, as it courses through our veins on its return trip back to the heart, is blue.When you look at your arms you see blue veins, but this is a trick of light, or rather a problem with wavelengths. According to Live Science, the blue waves of light are not absorbed by your skin, unlike red light waves, so blue is the color you see because it bounces back.
So what does happen to your blood as it moves about your body? Learn the details by reading more.
Without generous donors — like Jackson here — veterinary surgeons couldn't do their lifesaving work. Seen here is Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank in Severna Park, MD, where Dr. Ann Schneider and veterinary assistant Dave Anderson soothe the pooch as the fluid is collected. Have any of your pets donated blood, or used blood from others?
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I have always wanted to donate blood, but just looking at blood sometimes makes me feel like I'm going to faint. I break out in a cold sweat and feel woozy. Oddly, it only happens when I see real blood, not onscreen blood in movies (I loved Twilight). What is causing this, and can I do anything about it?
— No Love For Blood
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Blood is essential to our living, yet I know many people who aren't sure what type of blood is running through their veins. A simple test involving a needle can tell you whether you're a type A, B, AB, or O. If you're a type O, then you're considered a universal donor because anyone can receive type O blood.
I'm type A positive, what about you?
We've heard about the school of thought that says blood type should dictate the kinds of foods we should eat, and there's also an idea that blood type defines our personality. A popular presence in Japanese culture, the topic was the subject of four books which were rated among Japan's top 10 bestsellers for the past year.
Much like the way eating for your blood type tells you to eliminate certain foods and eat more of others, the philosophy around blood type and personality says your blood should play a role in the jobs you take and the people you date. Japanese TV offers blood horoscopes, while employers may use blood type in hiring decisions and dating agencies include this information in their profiles.
The Guardian found a few examples of blood type and personality; to find out what your blood type might say about your personality read more
Accident in the kitchen? Pricked yourself sewing new curtains? You don't have to be an ax murderer to encounter a blood stain in need of removal. Getting blood out of fabric is a piece of cake. The trick is dealing with it as soon as humanly possible. Just pour hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain, and then rinse it with cold water. Repeat this until the stain disappears, and then launder as usual. How about that for a coverup?
Since today, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day, I thought I could dispel some myths and lay out the facts about HIV and AIDS. It is a serious issue so let's get down to business.
HIV - the human immunodeficiency virus - is a virus that kills your body’s "CD4 cells," (also called T-helper cells), that help your body fight off infection and disease.
HIV can be passed when an infected person's bodily fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluid, or breast milk) come in contact with an uninfected person's mucous membranes. The HIV virus can be passed during any type of sexual contact - including oral and anal sex. Sharing needles can also transmit HIV from one user to another. HIV-positive mothers can also pass it onto their babies when they are pregnant, when they deliver, or if they breastfeed.
AIDS - the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome - is a disease you get when the HIV virus destroys your body’s immune system. That means that viruses, parasites, fungi and bacteria that usually don't cause any problems can make you very sick since your immune system is damaged.
To prevent HIV and other STIs in the first place abstaining from sexual contact is your best bet, but the likelihood that happening is rare. So always use a latex or polyurethane condom when having sex. Or better yet, have you and your partner get tested before you get intimate.
Fit's Tips: Many people who have HIV do not show symptoms for many years, so the best thing to do is get tested just to make sure.
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