Blood from human teens rejuvenates body and brains of old mice.
The key to youth appears to be in the blood plasma – the liquid part of blood.
Several studies have found that injecting plasma from young mice into old mice can help rejuvenate the brain and other organs, including the liver, heart, and muscle. Could blood plasma from young people have the same benefits? To find out, Minami and her colleagues took blood samples from 18-year-olds, and injected them into 12-month-old mice. At this age, the equivalent of around age 50 for people, the mice start to show signs of ageing – they move more slowly, and perform badly on memory tests. The mice were given twice-weekly injections of the human plasma. After three weeks of injections, they were submitted to a range of tests. The treated mice’s performance was compared to young, 3-month-old mice, as well as old mice who had not received injections.
They found that human plasma does have the power to rejuvenate. Treated mice ran around an open space like young mice. Their memories also seemed to improve, and they were much better at remembering their way around a maze than untreated mice.
The power to turn back time
“Young human plasma improves cognition,” says Minami, who presented her findings at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego, California, on Monday. “Their memory was preserved.” ~ Newscientist.com
HOW TO MAKE MONEY DONATING PLASMA
Donating plasma is different from donating blood in it after you have drawn blood, plasma is separated and the remaining blood is returned to the donor, by centrifugation.
There are a number of eligibility requirements that you need to meet in order to donate your plasma. However, it is important to note that ultimately whether or not you are eligible is at the discretion of the particular plasma collection center you visit.
Eligibility requirements include:
Age – You must be at least 18 years old.
Weight – You should weigh at least 110 pounds or 50 kilograms.
Medical exam – You must pass a medical exam.
Medical history – You must complete an extensive medical history screening.
Testing – You must test as non-reactive for transmissible viruses (such as hepatitis and HIV).
Diet – You should follow a recommended diet that includes 50 – 80 grams of protein every day.
Proof of address, a valid photo ID and proof of your Social Security Number. Your name must exactly match on those documents. Proof of address can be what’s on your photo ID. In preparing, make sure you eat regularly and drink plenty of fluids.
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2016 How to Earn Money Donating Plasma
A blood plasma donation site are businesses and so are you. You are not a charity so don’t do this at the Red Cross.
You can expect to be paid anywhere from $20 to $50 per donation. The range in compensation is related to the volume of plasma you’re able to donate. The FDA sets the guidelines and the ranges are 110-149 pounds, 150-174 pounds, and 175-400 pounds. The more poundage, the more plasma, and the more cash you’re paid.
Private centers will let you donate up to twice in 7 days with at least one day in between. That’s how they come up with figures like “make $300 a month” from donating plasma.