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 Young blood: magic or medicine?

Blood is a potent symbol of life and of death. It is hardly surprising, then, that this incredible fluid is linked to the search for eternal youth in literature, legend, magic and medicine.


The bleeding disorders magazine.


Blood is a weekly medical journal published by the American Society of Hematology. It was founded by Dr. William Dameshek, the researcher credited with describing the concept of myeloproliferative diseases and participating in the first studies of nitrogen mustard in various blood malignancies, in 1946, and has since been in continuous publication.

Our hope is, as you digest the information presented on, that you become aware of the benefits of personal Blood testing, at least annually, if possible, and also that you consider autologous Blood donation and storage alternatives. Beyond that, we seek to present, in an easy-to-use format, useful and accurate facts about Blood, the Blood supply and closely related subjects.

People may be affected by many different types of blood conditions and blood cancers. Common blood disorders include anemia, bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, blood clots, and blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.


Hemoglobal® began on the island of Sri Lanka following years of work in research and care of children in thalassemia, which is the most common blood disorder in Asia. Governed by the conviction that country of birth or family income should not determine the life or death of a child, Dr. Nancy Olivieri and Professor David Weatherall founded Hemoglobal® to help provide children in Asia with improved care to preserve their lives, and quality of life.


OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to more than 200 hospital partners.

Bleeding Disorder Foundation of Washington

The Bleeding Disorder Foundation of Washington (BDFW) is a volunteer-based non-profit that gives a voice to those with a bleeding disorder, creates awareness of our cause statewide and influences those that can to support our cause.

Blood Clot Recovery Network

A community where survivors, recovering victims, families, friends, loved ones and advocates can come together to find encouragement, empowerment, enrichment and education to aid in the fight against not only the occurrence of blood clots, including Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE), but the devastating and far-reaching effects as well.

Iron Disorders Institute

Iron Disorders Institute’s vision is that no one should suffer or die prematurely because of Iron-Out-of-Balance™. IDI exists so that people with iron disorders receive early, accurate (complete) diagnosis, appropriate treatment and are equipped to live in good health.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.


Blood disorders - such as sickle cell disease, anemia, and hemophilia - affect millions of people each year in the United States, cutting across the boundaries of age, race, sex, and socioeconomic status. Men, women, and children of all backgrounds live with the complications associated with these conditions, many of which are painful and potentially life-threatening.


Bleeding disorders are usually taken to mean coagulopathies with reduced clotting of the blood but also encompass disorders characterised by abnormal platelet function or blood vessel walls that result in increased bleeding. Bleeding disorders may result from faults at many different levels in the coagulation cascade. They can range from severe and life-threatening conditions, such as haemophilia A, to much more mild variants. Some bleeding symptoms (eg, bruising without obvious cause, nosebleeds and heavy menstrual bleeding) are quite common in the general population and there is phenotypic variation even among individuals with defined bleeding problems. Investigation of mild bleeding problems often fails to provide a diagnosis.

There are many kinds of bleeding disorders. The two most common are von Willebrand disease (VWD) and hemophilia.

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