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"What has Luis Suarez done now?!"

I want to be Vampire Luis Suarez for Halloween. I have the soccer kit, I have the fangs, I have the soccer ball. I just need some good fake blood to put around my mouth - blood that won't stain a polyester soccer shirt. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Oct 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Frequent blood draws

How to get through an extended period of frequent blood draws? [more inside]
posted by travelwithcats on Oct 19, 2014 - 13 answers

Do blood banks share blood across borders?

I am curious as to whether blood banks share blood across national boundaries. For example, do Canadian/Mexican blood banks have access to blood products in American blood banks, and vice versa? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Oct 4, 2014 - 9 answers

mosquito net overkill?

I want to get a mosquito net for my bedroom. My motives are functional rather than aesthetic. Some nets are treated with chrysanthemum pesticides, others are just nets. For those who've been to places where the nets are essential, is the pesticide treatment necessary or a just a marketing power-up? I'd rather not sleep bathed in bug killing gases if the nets are as effective sans poison.
posted by Fupped Duck on Aug 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Blood Type - What Blood Group am I in.

My blood type is "A. RH Positive" . I need to fill out a form that has the options A+, O+, B+, AB+, A-, O-, B-, AB- . Which one do I select. I looked on Wikipedia, but wow, blood is a complex subject. Appreciate your help.
posted by happy_sausage on Aug 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Gross virus vector: Should I be concerned or just disgusted?

I am going into more detail than might be necessary to head off questions... Last night I stayed in a nice upper-quality chain hotel that no business person or middle class leisure traveler would ever think twice about booking (think luxury lobby, lots of services, in a downtown urban area, not a highway discount chain.) I dropped into bed exhausted and didn't check the sheets first. When I woke up, I discovered large amounts of dried but still fairly recent looking blood in the sheets. (Definitely not old stained/washed, rather flaking, newish rust color, etc.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me not faint when donating blood

Sometimes I have a dramatic vasovagal response (i.e. I pass out) after having blood drawn or donating blood. Sometimes I don't. This means that I donate blood less than I'd like to. Can I condition myself out of this? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Jul 31, 2014 - 20 answers

Poem (Rimbaud?) about young soldiers' blood in summer fields

I read this poem years ago, and I'm pretty sure it's by Rimbaud, but I can't find it on Google. I think it starts out by describing a beautiful summer landscape, perhaps some wheat fields in France, and then it turns darker and describes dead young WW1 soldiers who lie there bleeding. Which poem is this?
posted by mbrock on Jun 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Why do people enjoy the Saw movies?

As a horror fan, I've never understood the appeal of the Saw movies. Can someone explain the psychology involved with liking that series and similar types of movies? [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Jun 20, 2014 - 40 answers

Randomly getting a pump in one arm?

While working out tonight, I walked/ran for 15 minutes on the treadmill and started to warm up with light weights (one set of overhead barbell press). I then noticed that my left arm was engorged with blood - like a “pump” as if I had been working out intensely for a while, but my right was not. The medical advice line thought it wasn't cardiac, but I'd like to figure out what the cause might be. [more inside]
posted by Sexy Question Bot on Apr 9, 2014 - 15 answers

Take All of Me

How can I maximize my bodily donations? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Apr 2, 2014 - 25 answers

But we are all X-Men!

You Are Not My Genetic Counselor, But Neither Are Any of these Self-Styled Uncertified Genetic Counselors on the Internet. The latest fad/quackwatch for desperate parents and patients dealing with autism spectrum disorders or chronic illness seems to be running raw data from consumer genetics testing through an app (or paying hundreds of dollars more for a "nutrigenomics" panel) to check for polymorphisms. Consumers get back lists (helpfully color-coded like traffic lights) of normal, heterozygous, and homozygous gene pairs, but how common are these variations to begin with (setting aside how often they are actually expressed as illness)? [more inside]
posted by blue suede stockings on Mar 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Jehovah's Witnesses...Organs, Yes; Blood, No?

When I read this story recently about two sisters who received lung transplants from the same donor, I was a bit taken aback. Can someone who is a Jehovah's Witness please explain why accepting a blood transfusion is not okay for a JH, but having someone else's entire organ inserted into and attached to one's own body is? It just seems counterintuitive, since someone else's blood would eventually be purged by the body's own regenerative/filtering systems, but an organ, once attached, is...well, permanent. Please advise, if you know. I genuinely want to understand. Thanks.
posted by Sal Monella on Feb 28, 2014 - 12 answers

Blood work: how do I normalize values over time between different labs?

How do I normalize similar values from multiple medical tests with different reference ranges? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Nov 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Balancing blood loss with blood transfusions

How long / how well would a person survive if they were being regularly drained of blood but receiving blood transfusions of the same volume? What health complications might arise? [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Oct 18, 2013 - 17 answers

If there's a bloodstain on the carpet, what can you learn from it?

Say someone broke into your house and dripped some blood on the carpet. What does the forensics guy do with it? How long would the tests take? And what information could be gleaned from it? [more inside]
posted by hishtafel on Oct 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Should I be worried about a blood count issue?

I regularly give blood in the UK and am currently taking part in an interval study, which involves studying the donors' blood. Yesterday, I received a letter from the organisers of the study that includes the rather alarming sentence, "We have noticed that part of your blood count is outside the range we would have expected." The letter then says, "There are no urgent issues regarding your health. However, we would like to take a second sample and recheck your blood count." Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Make it easier to take my blood.

I have to have a blood test. I have a pretty severe vasovagal response, combined with abnormally tiny, difficult veins (or so I've been told by everyone who has ever taken blood from me). Help me make this easier? [more inside]
posted by millipede on Aug 1, 2013 - 36 answers

Why does my uterus hate me?

How common is light bleeding a few days after your period ends? Should I be concerned? TMI below the fold. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Jun 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Yeah, that's going to leave a stain...

How accurate are TV shows and movies in their portrayal of cutting throats and lopping off limbs? [warning; Game of Thrones spoilers] [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts on Jun 5, 2013 - 14 answers

Pernicious Anemia - Resources Needed

Hi, Need to diagnose pernicious anemia. From what I am learning even though common contemporary blood tests run in most clinics may in fact show *normal* B12 levels - in fact this test is NOT accurate in diagnosing PA. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on May 31, 2013 - 16 answers

Nervous blood pressure

YANMD. My husband gets very nervous at the doctor, and as a result, even for a routine check up, has very high blood pressure every time the doctor takes it. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 30, 2013 - 33 answers

Help for balloon [wo]man

What can I do in the short term to feel better while losing weight when everything seems to make me gassy, swollen and uncomfortable? My doctor's answer to everything seems to be "Lose weight!". That's not going to help these problems in the moment. TMI descriptions follow... [more inside]
posted by jezemars on May 7, 2013 - 24 answers

Blood sugar issues because of anti-psychotics, what to do now?

What should I do in the immediate short term before my appointment to talk about blood sugar issues with my psychiatrist? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Mar 12, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I get to be less squeamish about blood?

Just talking too much about bleeding, shots, or giving blood can make me woozy. This sucks. What can I do to get a stronger stomach about such things? My only thought is desensitization through completely horrific google image searches, but I'd rather there be some other ideas.
posted by davebug on Mar 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Is This Anemia?

I have very low RBC and WBC yet my hemogloblin is normal. Can I still be anemic? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Feb 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Out out damn spot

How to get blood out of a sweater (silk/cotton/cashmere blend)? [more inside]
posted by hrj on Nov 29, 2012 - 13 answers

I'm anticipating possible confrontation, can you help me prepare?

I have been having a "war" with some competitors. They meet in the same restaurant where I've called a meeting next week. My meeting is couched as an "open meeting" (meaning anyone who is interested can come). It's a roundtable meeting of like minded people and meant to be informal, and it's not through any employer. I've put the invitation up publicly onto a blog. The problem is, if the three people who I've warred with were to show up, the meeting could quickly become their meeting. I want to take hold of the reins of my own meeting. [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Nov 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Should my friend go to the hospital? Symptoms inside...

YANMFD... I have a friend who, on Thursday, experienced sharp pains in his left side--he described the location as, "About an inch inside, directly aligned with my underarm". He felt it about 15 times over the course of the day and said it was "sharp and sudden" and caused him to wince and bend over. The next day, he woke up and there was blood in his right eye--not bloodshot, but blood, like a pool. It went away over the course of the day. He insists these things are not related and won't go to the doctor. As a result, I'm worried. Could these things be connected and what could they be? He's 44. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Nov 10, 2012 - 19 answers

Draw up, draw up, ladies and gentlemen! Behold, the Amazing Human Pincushion!

What are your tried-and-true tips for having blood drawn from historically difficult veins? [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can on Sep 10, 2012 - 28 answers

Tingling fingers and toes, difficulty taking hot baths or showers, cold limbs

Tingling fingers and toes in the morning, cold limbs, tiredness after a hot bath and shower. I have a bunch of symptoms that don't seem too unusual, but I still wonder if there is something wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by josefk on Aug 13, 2012 - 14 answers

What happens to my blood samples?

Due to my condition and the medications I take, I have very regular full blood workups. I asked the phlebotomist yesterday how the samples are disposed of after testing is complete. She said they might be held for as long as two years, but wasn't certain. Which surprised me. I'm curious, what happens to all my blood samples? I'm in Australia as I'm sure there's liable to be country-specific variations.
posted by michswiss on Jul 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Poop chronicles: there is blood in my stool, and I am skeptical of my doctor's explanation.

My colorectal surgeon has only done a proctoscopy and says the blood in my stool is coming from my hemorrhoids. He wants to treat with sclerotherapy, but I don't want that kind of intervention and still have a weird feeling in my descending colon. What's the medical best practice in a case like this? [more inside]
posted by rhombus on Jul 24, 2012 - 16 answers

Just can't take the pressure

Looking for a discrete cushion I can use to protect blood flow through my perineum to... to the bits connected to the perineum. Or some other solution [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Does the likelihood of exposure merit action in this case?

Is there sufficient likelihood of STD exposure in this oddball circumstance to merit arrangements for testing and medication? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Please help me help my mother with her wild blood pressure fluctuations.

Please help me decipher my mother's blood pressure issues, especially now that she just had to call 911 and go to the ER. [more inside]
posted by CommonSense on Jun 10, 2012 - 20 answers

Pretty fed up with these sore heels

Has anybody had any experiences, good or bad, with autologous blood injection to treat insertional Achilles tendinopathy? It was raised as a possible option by a locum standing in for my usual GP and I'm interested in finding out more about it.
posted by flabdablet on May 24, 2012 - 6 answers

What can I do with my blood test data?

How can I make the most of the blood test results I have just received? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on May 23, 2012 - 9 answers

It must go up or down

I have this kind of choking thing that sometimes happens when I eat. It's not a Heimlich maneuver type thing. I can breathe. [more inside]
posted by notned on May 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Blood Tests Results - Need Help Deciphering Please

What do elevated protein/globulin levels in blood indicate? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on May 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Is blood donation an efficient way to help others?

When I donate blood or platelets, how much am I helping others? Is this an efficient form of community work? Donating platelets takes a couple of hours. Should I be working those hours and donating the money or volunteering in some more active way? [more inside]
posted by Area Man on May 8, 2012 - 37 answers

DVT into PE

DVT developing into PE: % chance? What would happen? [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Apr 18, 2012 - 10 answers

Afast me hearties

I'm curious about trying regular fasting for general health (not weight loss nor spiritual reasons) but I'm finding a lot of woo. [more inside]
posted by Katine on Mar 21, 2012 - 17 answers

Oxygen in food??

I was just forwarded an email from a family member that eating raw foods high in oxygen can somehow help your blood oxygen levels. This sounds like complete crap to me. I was taught that oxygen gets into our bodies via the lungs. Is there the remotest possibility that oxygen in food gets into the bloodstream? In some significant amount that the body would notice? Any biochemists out there?
posted by loosemouth on Mar 5, 2012 - 13 answers

too much of a good thing?

Too much circulation in my feet: agony when the blood flow backs up with ski boots on. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Feb 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Race restrictions for apheresis?

Why would people of Hispanic descent be disallowed from donating blood products by apheresis? [more inside]
posted by vytae on Jan 14, 2012 - 13 answers

How did you lower your blood pressure without medication?

How did you lower your blood pressure without medication? [more inside]
posted by picapica on Dec 23, 2011 - 30 answers

Blood Pressure Info

Resources for learning about blood pressure? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Dec 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Can I put my worries aside for Christmas?

How can I put off worrying about my health enough to enjoy the holidays? Also, what should I ask my second-opinion doctor? (A couple icky details inside) [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Dec 13, 2011 - 28 answers

Bulging veins & leg pain = I'm dying? Or what?

Bulging veins and pain. Am I dying? And if not, what is going on? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 4, 2011 - 15 answers

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