Is the Secret to Eternal Youth Found in Young Blood

We already know that blood is an incredible substance, and the work it carries out in our bodies is vital. But now it seems it might also be the secret to reversing ageing.

A study has been carried out by a team in California which saw them injecting blood donated from 18 year olds into mice. The research company, called Alkahest, found that when they injected middle aged mice with the donated blood the ageing process slowed.

Prior to the injection the mice who were 12 months old, which is the equivalent of middle age in humans, showed normal levels of ageing. This, which includes symptoms like reduced speed and a diminished memory. But within three weeks of the treatment the mice started developing new brains cells and exhibited greater speed and reaction times.

This is quite an astounding discovery, even though something similar has been found before when the blood from young mice helped to slow the ageing process in other animals.

Alkahest have some theories about why this process has happened, and how the blood has had the effect it has. However they have yet to reveal their findings. Though once the process has been finalised and solidified it is hoped that it may be used to treat people with Alzheimer’s as well as providing anti-ageing treatments.

Previous experiments have involved stitching old and young mice together, in order to force them to share a blood stream. This worked out in an almost predictable fashion given the above findings. The young mice showed quicker signs of ageing, whereas the old mice showed reduced signs of ageing.

This is a fascinating study that Phlebotomy Training Services will keep a close eye on. Who knows, perhaps the blood you may take in future will be used in a landmark study like this one. To find out more about the training courses Phlebotomy Training Services provides just call us on 01609 751 610.


Phlebotomy Training Gives Industry Talks

Alison, the founder of Phlebotomy Training Services, has been a phlebotomist for over 15 years and is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable phlebotomists in the country. This is exactly why she was recently asked to give some talks to various businesses and groups in our local area.

The first place she gave a talk was at the Northallerton Probus Club. The club is made of retired and semi-retired gentlemen who meet regularly to discuss business and events with other like-minded gentlemen.

They were an interesting venue and group to give the speech to but they were enthralled by Alison’s stories, and it reportedly was one of the most interesting talks they’ve had in years. In their own words:

‘The thought that sticking needles into other people could be an exciting career would not occur to most people.  However, Alison Purkiss managed to hold the rapt attention of our best attendance figure for more than half a year for over an hour and fully demonstrated the point (!).’

We have also been working with Care UK, giving the staff in Prisons talks on the practice of phlebotomy and training them on how to perform phlebotomy properly. Care UK have been providing health and social care to people in the UK for over 30 years.

We find this kind of work incredibly rewarding. Phlebotomy is a much aligned practice, with very little understanding from third parties of the skill involved in it. Also, we know that the work we do with organisations like Care UK will directly go on to benefit and improve people’s lives.

If you would like to talk  to us about giving a talk or seminar, or would simply like to learn more about the services we provide then just call us on 01609 751 610.


Blood Holds the Key to Better Batteries

In a Yale lab professors think they may have found the key to the next generation of batteries, and this key lies in a molecule which is found in blood.

Lithium-ion are currently the industry standard for batteries. However, researchers are developing a lithium-oxygen battery, that once functional will massively surpass current batteries lasting power. They could potentially increase the travelling distance of electronic cars by 4-500%.

However there is currently an issue with the new batteries, and that is known as the oxygen evolution reaction. During the process lithium oxide products decompose back into lithium ions and oxygen gas. This leads to the batteries oxygen electrodes becoming covered in lithium peroxide.

This is where the blood molecule comes in. There is a molecule in your blood called a heme. A heme’s function is to carry oxygen from your lungs around your body. It then carries waste carbon dioxide back out. With regards to batteries, heme molecules would dissolve into the battery’s electrolytes and act as what’s known as a redox mediator. A redox mediator ultimately lowers the energy barrier required for the electrochemical reaction to take place.

Distilled down, this essentially means that we could have the longer running, more efficient lithium-oxygen batteries without the damaging lithium peroxide occurring.

There is also a side benefit to the production of this battery. One of the largest waste by products of the meat and livestock industry is blood. It can’t actually be used for very much and disposing of it is difficult. But if the development of these batteries continues then we will have a use for much of that wasted blood.

Along with most businesses, Phlebotomy training try to operate as ‘green’ as possible, and we think the coming together of environmental friendliness and blood is fascinating. We will keep a close eye on these developments.

To find out more about our phlebotomy training courses then just give us a call on 01609 751 610.