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Young blood could keep older people healthy

By T.K. Randall
September 9, 2018 · Comment icon 20 comments

Young blood may be able to benefit more than just vampires... Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Musicalvienna
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that young blood can help to treat age-related diseases.
According to Dame Linda Partridge, a leading geneticist at University College London, the idea of using transfusions of young blood to keep elderly people healthy for longer has substantial merit.

Research has shown that while such transfusions cannot stop the aging process, they do have the potential to stave off diseases such as cancer, heart disease and dementia in older patients.

The method has been the subject of numerous trials and experiments over the last few years.
One startup company, Ambrosia, is even offering transfusions to its customers for $8,000.

More work needs to be done however to identify the specific molecules responsible for these benefits.

"Identification of these is a high priority for research," Professor Partridge and her colleagues wrote.

"The practical accessibility of both the human microbiome and blood system makes therapeutic manipulation a particularly attractive approach, but research in animals is needed to establish the long-term consequences and possible side effects."

Source: New Zealand Herald | Comments (20)

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Comment icon #11 Posted by danydandan 6 years ago
I didn't think it was a cure, but a treatment. They are used treat, ie help with symptoms and or prevent an illness. Not to cure an illness. The use of them is very up for debate.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Rlyeh 6 years ago
So organ trafficking.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Rlyeh 6 years ago
Sure it's murder, but this research isn't about murdering people.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Rlyeh 6 years ago
No different to anything else then.
Comment icon #15 Posted by FlyingAngel 6 years ago
Comment icon #16 Posted by FlyingAngel 6 years ago
People murder for money too, let's get rid of money first. The root of all evil. Nope, solution to overpopulation problem.
Comment icon #17 Posted by TripGun 6 years ago
The love of money is the root of all evil.  
Comment icon #18 Posted by TripGun 6 years ago
Cured my brother so I misused the term. 
Comment icon #19 Posted by danydandan 6 years ago
By the way glad to hear your brother was cured. Should have been through first thing I said. I had to have chemotherapy and radiotherapy for the cancer I had. Was told by the doctors that stemcell treatment is a 'pipe dream' it's just a treatment not a cure.
Comment icon #20 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
No more scary than the scientists that want to inject H2S into your cells to arrest ageing.

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