i live in China and I am AB negative, a bloodtype that is rare here. A while back I required hospitalization and the staff implored me to come back and donate blood once I recovered. My understanding is that it's actually my plasma that is desirable. Is this true? And how much should I, a 6"2 male, agree to give? Is there anything else to watch out for?
How can I maximize my bodily donations? [more inside]
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]
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]
Why would people of Hispanic descent be disallowed from donating blood products by apheresis? [more inside]
What are the benefits (to the donor) of a platelet/plasma donation? [more inside]
My blood type is AB+. What's the best kind of blood-product donation I can do? And where in the DC area should I go to do so? [more inside]
What is the benefit of "double red" blood donation over whole blood donation? [more inside]
Blood donation question: how long does it take to fully recover from donating blood? Yesterday was the first time I've ever donated..some questions.... [more inside]
I'm giving blood today. I'm eating 1200 calories per day in an effort to lose a few pounds. Should I eat more to make up for the calories "burned" during donation?
While donating blood today I noticed a sign that says "You burn about 650 calories by donating blood." How is that? [more inside]