Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Young blood can help to rejuvenate the brain


Posted on Wednesday, 5 June, 2019 | Comment icon 9 comments

Can a transfusion of young blood reduce the effects of ageing ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Musicalvienna
New research has added further credence to the idea that young blood can make older people healthier.
It's an idea that has been at the center of some heated debate in recent years with scientists working to determine just how much merit there actually is to the concept that giving older people transfusions of young blood can stave off age-related diseases and improve overall health.

Now in a new study designed to better understand this effect, researchers at Stanford University have conducted an experiment involving applying blood from both young and old mice to human neurons.

Intriguingly, the blood from the young mice seemed to have a significant effect - causing the growth of several key structures and generating more synapses. The old blood, by contrast, did nothing.

Two proteins in the young blood - THBS4 and SPARCL1 - are thought to be responsible.

While the findings don't necessarily mean that a transfusion of young blood in a person would boost the regenerative capabilities of the brain, the research certainly doesn't rule out the possibility.

Perhaps there really is something to this idea after all.

Source: New Scientist | Comments (9)

Tags: Blood

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Dark_Grey on 5 June, 2019, 13:56
Where do they typically source this young blood? There is an aging population of millionaires and billionaires around the world and they seem to be keen on rejuvenating themselves with new blood. You know, like literal vampires? 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Impedancer on 5 June, 2019, 14:13
test shown that walking 30 min per day rejuvinates your brain this is why exercise is so good for you in many ways.
Comment icon #3 Posted by RabidMongoose on 5 June, 2019, 14:20
Have they identified the proteins yet? The fact is if you take a young mouse (say 10 months old) and an old mouse (say 30 months old) and stitch their blood systems together then after a couple of weeks the end result is two mice that biologically speaking are 20 months old. Starvation alters hormone profiles producing some of the same results but not complete de-aging. The missing components in blood haven't been identified yet as far as I know. I have noticed before in scientific literature that people who eat young animals live longer. Maybe the vampire myths of eternal life from drinking t... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by cyclopes500 on 5 June, 2019, 15:03
Next they'll be milking young death row convicts and using their blood to rehabilitate Alzheimer's disease in the elderly.
Comment icon #5 Posted by equshemonius on 5 June, 2019, 22:39
scary thought scifi horror becoming reality.
Comment icon #6 Posted by darkmoonlady on 6 June, 2019, 1:27
Guess she was sort of right.. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Báthory
Comment icon #7 Posted by kapow53 on 6 June, 2019, 5:38
Nonsense.  Lots of money in transfusions rarely work.
Comment icon #8 Posted by joshy on 6 June, 2019, 6:48
The lizard people have known about this for years.   Not that I'd know anything about it.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Dark_Grey on 6 June, 2019, 14:40
Nothing? This was a serious question: is there a clinic where college freshmen can donate blood for money? Do they siphon blood from recently deceased kids? Illegal organ harvesting is at an all time high, almost rivaling the drug trade in some areas. It makes you wonder.  The very wealthy have been obsessed with the idea of young blood for a long time. For example, the story of Elizabeth Bathory who would allegedly bathe in young girls blood to "retain her beauty".  


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Footage of weird 'gorilla crow' goes viral
6-25-2019
A recent video from Japan shows what appears to be a crow engaged in some rather peculiar behavior.
Woman who 'died' wrote haunting message
6-25-2019
A woman whose heart stopped for 27 minutes wrote down something unexpected after regaining consciousness.
Guitar store CCTV captures ghostly activity
6-24-2019
A store selling musical instruments in Brighton, UK has been gaining something of a haunted reputation.
Vast freshwater reservoir found under the ocean
6-24-2019
Scientists have discovered a giant aquifer of freshwater hidden deep beneath the North Atlantic.
Stories & Experiences
Witnessing tree spirits
6-25-2019 | Ontario
 
I didn't move my blankets
6-25-2019 | Spring, TX
 
Bitten by a spirit?...true story
6-15-2019 | Dallas, Tx
 
Bed shaking
6-15-2019 | India
 
Red floating lights
6-15-2019 | Canada
 
A night-time encounter
5-28-2019 | Missouri
 
UFO flies over home
5-28-2019 | Ypsilanti, Mi
 
Crashed UFO off Gig Harbor Wa.
5-15-2019 | Gig Harbor Wa.
 
 
My enlightenment
5-12-2019 | Sacramento, California
 

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
'Deleting' disease using CRISPR
Posted 6-15-2019 | 5 comments
A look at science's goal of eliminating genetic diseases using gene-editing techniques.
 
What happens when lava meets ice ?
Posted 5-18-2019 | 2 comments
This intriguing experiment reveals just what happens when you pour lava on to ice.
 
7 ghost stories from the Queen Mary
Posted 5-10-2019 | 2 comments
A look at some creepy tales of ghosts and hauntings from the retired ocean liner.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2019
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ