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A Vampire Can Drain Your Blood in a Matter of Minutes

Students turn to fluid dynamics to arrive at a number

(Newser) - If you've ever wondered how much time you'd have were a vampire to find your carotid artery and begin to guzzle, students at the University of Leicester have worked up an analysis. Using fluid dynamics and a few interesting assumptions, they arrived at an average time of 6.... More »

Postal Service Is Sorry for Delivering Blood-Stained Mail

No, it wasn't viral marketing for a mail carrier-based horror movie

(Newser) - The US Postal Service has apologized to residents along an upstate New York mail route who received mail stained with blood, the AP reports. A Postal Service spokesperson for the agency's western New York district tells the Olean Times Herald that the blood was from a mail carrier whose... More »

Lead Levels in Michigan Kids' Blood Prompts State of Emergency

Flint mayor is worried about fallout from tainted water

(Newser) - Flint, Mich., drew its water from the Flint River for about 18 months after ditching Detroit's water service—but that was enough time to cause lead levels in local kids to spike, which has now led the mayor to declare a state of emergency, Michigan Live reports. Mayor Karen... More »

Startling Key to Saving Soldiers, Trauma Victims: Estrogen?

Preloaded estrogen syringes could be key to halting major blood loss

(Newser) - More than 80% of US soldiers' deaths between 2001 and 2011 were the result of blood loss and septicemia. There's limited time to save trauma victims experiencing significant blood loss—the so-called "golden hour"—and researchers at the University of Alabama have been working for 19 years... More »

Scientists Find New Virus Passed Through Blood

Don't fret yet: HHpgV-1 might be good for you

(Newser) - Scientists have discovered a new virus apparently transmitted through blood transfusions. Little else is known about human hepegivirus-1, or HHpgV-1, besides that it looks a bit like hepatitis C and the harmless and perhaps beneficial human pegivirus. "It is the first transfusion-associated virus that's been described in a... More »

The Solution to Our Blood Shortage: the Dead

It sounds macabre, but it could work, argues columnist

(Newser) - You may have heard a plea from your local Red Cross to donate blood recently, given the usual shortages of summer. At Real Clear Science , Ross Pomeroy suggests a permanent solution to the problem: "Drain blood from the dead." It sounds macabre, but it's actually quite safe,... More »

$25 Blood Test Finds Every Virus You've Ever Had

VirScan lets doctors scan for hundreds of viruses at once

(Newser) - Blood tests can reveal a lot about you, from your suicide risk to your need for antibiotics . Now, researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute say a simple blood test can identify every virus you've ever had. From just a single drop of blood, VirScan can detect the remains of... More »

Scientists Unlock Key of Octopus's Blue Blood

New research could explain why they'll thrive in warming Antarctic waters

(Newser) - Unlike human royalty, a species of octopus that thrives in frigid Antarctic waters has actual blue blood, and scientists think they've figured out its advantage: The key is a blue-hued protein called hemocyanin—which Phys.org notes is comparable to hemoglobin in vertebrates, and which distributes oxygen throughout the... More »

Winston Churchill's Blood Being Auctioned

A nurse kept it after British leader was hospitalized

(Newser) - Winston Churchill fractured a hip at age 87 and stayed in a London hospital, leaving behind a vial of his own blood. Now it's resurfaced for auction and could fetch hundreds of dollars, the Guardian reports. "It is impossible to put an accurate estimate on this unique piece... More »

Robbers Steal Bag of Ebola Blood in Taxi

Though they probably weren't aware of it

(Newser) - Three robbers stopped a taxi in remote Guinea yesterday and relieved its nine passengers of their wallets, phones, and jewelry. They also grabbed a cooler bag from one of the passengers, and the contents could prove their undoing: vials of blood believed to be infected with Ebola, reports AP . A... More »

What It's Like to Have the 'Golden' Blood Type

Rh-null patients face dangers, can be heroes

(Newser) - When it comes to blood types, you may know A, AB, B, and O—but those larger groups actually contain millions of different varieties. That's because the surface of our blood cells are coated with antigens—up to 342 of them. Whether you have certain ones determines your full... More »

US Ebola Survivor Gives Blood to New American Patient

Kent Brantly flies to Nebraska to help his friend, Rick Sacra

(Newser) - If one person knows what Ebola patient Rick Sacra is going through, it's Kent Brantly. Both American doctors contracted the disease while doing charity work in Africa, though Brantly made a full recovery after returning to the US. To help his friend do the same, Brantly flew to the... More »

To Fight Ebola, Experts Look to Blood of Survivors

Method used on Kent Brantly debated at WHO meeting

(Newser) - As the Ebola outbreak reaches apocalyptic proportions , an experimental method to help fight the virus is emerging: injecting victims with the blood of survivors. American Dr. Kent Brantly underwent the procedure in July, though it isn't clear if it improved his condition. Yet with vaccines only just beginning human... More »

Young Blood Can Reverse Aging Process

Researchers find the fountain of youth—in blood?

(Newser) - Who knew blood-sucking vampires were actually onto something? According to new US studies, the blood of young mice can rejuvenate the brains and muscles of older mice, effectively reversing the impact of aging, the New York Times reports. "I am extremely excited," says a professor. "These findings... More »

'Ghost White Baby' Born Without Most of Her Blood

Hope Juarez lost an estimated 80% of her blood before birth

(Newser) - Hope Juarez's first name is an appropriate one: The 6-week-old is only the second known "ghost white baby" born in recent years to actually survive. She's so described because she was born with almost no blood, giving her a very white appearance. ABC 7 reports on the... More »

Pope John Paul II's Blood Stolen

One of only 3 known vials taken from Italy church

(Newser) - A vial of Pope John Paul II's blood has been stolen ... by Satanists? The first part is fact, the second speculation. NBC News reports that the relic was taken on Saturday from the Church of San Pietro della Ienca, which is located in central Italy's Abruzzo region. Reuters... More »

Toilet Paper Can Disguise Cancer Sign: Doctor

Blood in the toilet bowl could actually be red ink, he says

(Newser) - What looks like blood in your toilet bowl could actually be red ink seeping from your toilet paper, says colorectal surgeon Guy Nash—but he's still upset about it. That's because people who use toilet paper decorated in red may think they're seeing blood in the toilet... More »

Transylvania Scientist: I've Made Artificial Blood

It's been successful in mouse transfusions

(Newser) - Synthetic blood that can perform all the tasks of the real thing may be far off. But in the meantime, scientists have been working, with varying degrees of success, on an artificial substance that can at least transport oxygen around the body in emergencies. Now, a scientist in Transylvania—where,... More »

Docs Stumped By Guy Who Cries Blood

Condition rare, but not unheard of

(Newser) - The first time Michael Spann cried blood, it "felt like I got hit in the head with a sledgehammer." It wouldn't be the last time. Blood began pouring out of Spann's eyes, nose, and mouth on a daily basis when he was 22, he tells the... More »

Blood Banks Shift Strategy as Need Drops

Fewer elective surgeries, better medical devices lead to decreased demand

(Newser) - Here's something you might not expect: Blood banks generally aren't hurting for your business as of late. Thanks to fewer elective surgeries (blame the economy) and improved medical procedures that reduce bleeding during operations, blood banks are actually having to cut staff and reduce operations, the AP reports.... More »

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