Desperate people can make $30 donating plasma, up to 104 times a year, in this $20 billion industry.
Because Ig is used to treat a variety of life-threatening conditions, the demand continues to grow. There is currently an acute shortage of Ig. People across the country are being forced to prolong the time between treatments, take reduced doses, or turn to less-effective treatments. This puts them in vulnerable positions, facing increased health risks, including pain, organ damage, and debilitating infections.
There are so many better ways to spend your money.
“There is no proven clinical benefit of infusion of plasma from young donors to cure, mitigate, treat or prevent these conditions, and there are risks associated with the use of any plasma product,” the statement reads. “The reported uses of these products should not be assumed to be safe or effective. We strongly discourage consumers from pursuing this therapy outside of clinical trials under appropriate institutional review board and regulatory oversight.”
Over the years, I’ve sporadically reported on the (rather contentious) field of aging and its biochemical implications. Many readers will recall the results of the past few years that claim that infusion of young-animal plasma into aged animals seems to have many beneficial effects. Of course, this field is well stocked with controversy.
Plasma is the often forgotten part of blood... Plasma is the largest part of your blood. It, makes up more than half (about 55%) of its overall content.
Blood is the main bodily fluid and responsible for transporting important nutrients, oxygen, carbon dioxide and waste products to and away from the cells. Plasma is the yellow liquid component of blood and constitutes 55% of the total blood volume.
In recent years, doctors have learned that the body has the ability to heal itself. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that can harness those abilities and amplify the natural growth factors your body uses to heal tissue.
... there’s been a lot of skepticism around the value of transfusing young people’s blood into the bodies of older people. And most of it’s valid. But, she writes, scientists are nonetheless narrowing in on why blood plasma, the yellowish soup leftover after the blood cells are removed, might have beneficial properties...
In this excerpt from “Nine Pints,” Rose George explains how issues with the 1970s American plasma led to a contaminated supply.
But plasma isn’t just the transporting liquid in our blood-vessel waterslide. Aside from keeping things flowing, it contains components that play important roles in the body—such as dissolved salts called electrolytes (yep, the same stuff you top up with sports drinks and those handy post-vomit ice blocks) which help regulate the blood’s chemistry and enable muscles to work properly.
Plasma often is referred to as the "gift of life" because it is the essential starting material needed to manufacture therapies that help thousands of people worldwide with rare, chronic diseases to live healthier, productive and fulfilling lives.
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Serum, sometimes mistakenly considered synonymous with plasma, consists of plasma without fibrinogen. Plasma contains 91% to 92% of water and 8% to 9% of solids.