Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Can blood transfusions from younger adults help people with Alzheimer's?


The Washington Post has a story Sept. 30 in Health and Science by Helen Thomson, reporting experiments giving the elderly blood or plasma transfusions from younger people, to reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other diseases.   The link is here
    
 There have been reverse “vampire” experiments with mice where the retrograde happens:  young mice age more rapidly. 
    
The practice might make sense in reversing early Alzheimer’s or dementia.  It sounds as though it would be less appropriate for the extremely elderly.
     
But the question as to whether a person should look at himself as a repository of spare body parts for others still seems disturbing to me.  But, after all, I am banned from giving blood because of the exclusion of MSM.  

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