Knowing More About AB Negative(AB-) Blood Type

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Traits of AB- Blood Type
Persons with AB Negative(AB-) blood type are cool, well-liked and always put other people at ease but controllable. These people are totally natural entertainer. They are tactful and fair but standoffish, blunt, and have hard time making decisions.John F. Kennedy_288x240

Compatibility for Blood Donation
AB Negative(AB-) blood type is the rarest of all the blood types which compose only 1% of the population. Donors who are AB- blood type are the universal platelet and plasma donor. This means that the components can be donated into any patient, regardless of the recipient’s blood type. With this blood type, you can receive red blood cells from AB-, A-, B- and O- blood types and you can give red blood cells to AB+ and AB- blood types.

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AB- Blood Type Famous Personalities
To utilize this true lifesaving power, AB- blood type donors are encouraged to donate platelets and plasma through an automated process known as apheresis. Whereas, these famous personalities such as John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Barack Hussein Obama, Dan Aykroyd, Marilyn Monroe, and Mick Jagger are willing to donate blood.Marilyn Monroe_189x240

Recommended Diet For AB- Blood Type
AB- blood type are not built to eat a lot of animal protein and best recommended to go for vegan diet. Plant foods includes fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains, eating nuts and seeds supply are good source of protein. Also choose fresh, organic food in your grocery list and avoid processed foods as much as possible. Following this dietary plan is best suits to your blood type. This help decrease the chances of developing certain diseases such as cancer and optimize your metabolism to a more healthy and function-able you.

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B Positive (B+) Blood Type: The Animals

Getting to Know the B+ Blood Type

People with B+ blood type are very important in the lifesaving process of blood donation. This is because Type B+ is a rare blood type, with only 8% of the population having it.

To Give and To Receive

People who have Type B+ blood can donate their whole blood to those who share the same type as theirs. However, they can only donate certain components to the following:

  • red blood cells – AB+
  • platelets – O+
  • plasma – B-, O+ and O-

Type B+ people can receive blood from donors with the same type, or those who have B-, O+ or O- blood type. They can also receive plasma from Type AB people.

The B+ Personalities

Here’s a quick introduction about people with B+ blood type:

  • B people are known as the most balanced bunch out of all blood types, which means they always strive for harmony in relationships.
  • They are cheerful, optimistic, independent, adventurous, passionate, creative, animal-loving, flexible, and goal-oriented.
  • They are also overly curious about things, easily exasperated when things don’t turn out as planned, not very good when it comes to multitasking, forgetful, self-centered and loners.

Famous B+ People

If you’ve got the B positive (B+) blood type circulating inside your body, then here are the celebrities/prominent figures who were born with the same type!

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  • Hyun Bin
  • Tom Selleck
  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • Big Bang’s Tae Yang
  • Kim Hyun Joong
  • Big Bang’s Top (Choi Seung Hyun)
  • Kim Ji Won
  • Greta Garbo
  • SNSD’s Yoona
  • SHINee’s Min Ho

The characteristics of Type B+ people are most evident with Greta Garbo, who’s known for her very private life and aloof personality. Her famous line, “I want to be alone,” mirrors her off-screen persona as well.

The B+ Diet

For weight loss, Type B+ people are advised to avoid corn, wheat, tomatoes, peanuts and sesame seeds. Instead, choose healthier options such as green vegetables, low fat dairy products, eggs, and healthier meat choices such as goat, mutton, lamb or rabbit.

Remembering Talia: A Child Warrior Extraordinaire

The world was saddened upon hearing the death of Talia Joy Castellano, the American internet celebrity who lost her battle on two types of cancer.

Talia, the bubbly 13 year-old who shot to fame for her inspiring make-up tutorials on Youtube, died on July 16, 2013, but the inspiration she left to those whose lives she had touched continues to live.

Talia succumbed to neuroblastoma and preleukemia

Talia Joy Castellano died on July 16, 2013

On Valentine’s Day of 2007, the young Talia had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, that made her undergo different kinds of therapies and treatments. She beat and relapsed the disease multiple times over the last 6 six years.

Talia battled two types of childhood cancer neuroblastoma and preleukemia – but she showed a level of maturity during her ordeal that was well beyond her age.

She took her zesty character to her youtube channel, Taliajoy18, where she posted make-up tutorials and beauty tips. She used make-up as a confidence booster.

“I love and adore makeup, using it as my wig and having so much self-confidence to go out to the grocery store without a wig. It’s just amazing,” she shared in one of her videos.

In the short time she stayed on earth, Talia had already done and achieved so much: she had a youtube channel that had more than 39 million hits, she met her idol, and she had served as an inspiration to many – sick and healthy people alike.

Her dream of meeting Ellen DeGeneres came a reality last September 2012, when she guested in the host’s show. Plus, Ellen made Talia an honorary Cover Girl, complete with her own portrait – something that made the young fighter teared up on the show.

During the interview, Ellen asked Talia how she stays so positive, to which Talia answered: “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”


Unfortunately for this little angel, she then developed myelodysplastic syndrome (preleukemia) in her bone marrow which had progressed last year.

Doctors suggested a bone marrow transplant, but Talia decided against the operation. The surgery could take a toll on her body because she has had a lot of surgeries already. Talia said she wanted to spend whatever remaining time she had left free of pain and in the company of her family.

But as what Talia once said, all journey must come to an end. And hers has reached its finish line.

On July 16 at 11:22 am, Talia finally succumbed to her diseases at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Talia had earned her wings, is now free from pain and resting.

A day after Talia died, her family posted a picture of Talia’s bucket list called “Things I Wanna Do Before I Die.” Though Talia is not here anymore to fulfill all of her wishes, her fans have bravely taken the mission and are crossing things off the list one by one.

Among her bucketlist include: Give flowers to a stranger, Dance in the rain, Have a huge pool party, Free hugs all day, Surf and Body paint.

At 13, Talia had probably achieved so much more than any child her age has ever had. It was a life well-lived and a battle well-fought.

The world was saddened upon hearing the death of Talia Joy Castellano, but the traces of a happy and worry-free child will be best immortalized through the videos she shared with the world online.

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Child Killers : Neuroblastoma and Preleukemia

Two weeks ago, the world grieved over the loss of Talia Joy Castellano, the Cover Girl endorser and DIY make-up Internet celebrity who lost her battle with 2 forms of cancer.

Talia had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2007, it’s a rare childhood cancer, that had her undergo different kinds of therapies and treatments. She beat and relapsed the disease multiple times over the last 6 six years. Later on she was also diagnosed with preleukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome, that develops into leukemia.

Talia is not the only patient to have contracted both cancers at a young age. Cancer.org has estimated 700 new cases of neuroblastoma each year- and the numbers are growing. Most patients who undergo treatment to fight the first cancer they contract are always anemic and have been having transfusions. As the anemia and lowering of the immune system sets in, the myelodyplastic syndrome happens.

Neuroblastoma

This is a malignant tumor that develops from nerve tissue and is most commonly diagnosed in infants and children.

Neuroblastoma develops from the tissues that form the sympathetic nervous system – the part of the nervous system that controls body functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion and levels of certain hormones.

This condition begins mostly in the abdomen in the adrenal gland or next to the spinal cord, or in the chest. This can spread to the bones, such as in the skull, pelvis, face, arms, legs and shoulders, as well as to the bone marrow, lymph nodes, liver and skin.

Neuroblastoma is a rare type of cancer that affects around 100 children each year in the United Kingdom and 700 new cases in the United States. This occurs to 1 out of 100,000 children and is slightly more common in boys.

The first symptoms of neuroblastoma are:

  • fever
  • malaise
  • pain
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • diarrhea

Other symptoms include the following, but they depend on the location of the tumor:

  • rapid pulse
  • flushed, red skin
  • profuse sweating
  • pale skin and bluish color around the eyes
  • enlarged abdomen
  • difficulty breathing or a chronic cough
  • bone pain or tenderness

Preleukemia (myelodysplastic syndrome)
Also referred to as myelodysplastic syndrome, preleukemia is a medical condition that develops when something happens to change normal blood cell production.

When a person suffers from this, their bone marrow has stopped producing healthy normal blood cells. Eventually, the defective cells build up and start to outnumber the body’s healthy cells.

Scientists have not yet developed a cure for preleukemia but have found out a component that may be causing the syndrome in cancer patients who have gone through checmotherapy and radiation. Preleukemia may go unnoticed since there are no symptoms during the disease’s early symptoms. Over time, the symptoms that may develop are:

  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • paleness
  • may bruise easily
  • may have more infections than the average person

Since the patient’s bone marrow fails to create healthy blood cells, medications and treatments that could help increase the number of healthy blood cells are prescribed. Blood transfusion, for one, is done to replace unhealthy blood cells.

There are some cases where patients undergo bone marrow transplants, a procedure to replace damaged bone marrow with a new, healthy bone marrow stem cells. However, this procedure also involves using drugs that destroy unhealthy blood cells.

Neuroblastoma and Preleukemia are two of the many cancers that affect children and most often take away their lives.

Funding Needed

Funding and research for pediatric cancer is in trickles compared to other cancer research or even pediatric AIDS.

Budget allocation for cancer research

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In 2012 there was an estimated 1,340 pediatric cancer patients who succumb to the sickness despite the chemotherapy and treatments. Cancer is a child’s deadliest illness as it is the leading killer of children 0 age to their late teens.

Even if there is now an 80% survival for children struck with pediatric cancer, more research and funding are needed to keep the flywheel going.

We, at BloodBanker, hope that there would be more funding for childhood cancer studies to help more children survive their respective battle and eventually live a normal life. Click at the links below to see how as a nation we are not doing enough in keeping future generations from getting killed by cancer.

Childhood Cancer Awareness:

 

Do us a BIG favor, read the numbers here: key statistics to childhood cancer. Take a look at a snapshot of pediatric cancer. Please take an interest in the Appropriation bill 2013. Ask the world’s childhood cancer experts what can be done and HELP.

sources:

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerinchildren/detailedguide/cancer-in-children-key-statistics

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/?&sid=cp1121aqa2&r_n=sr176.112&dbname=cp112&&sel=TOC_259135&

http://childrensoncologygroup.org/

http://www.cncfhope.org/

Celebrating National Cord Blood Awareness Month

July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month!

Now that parents are expecting their bundle of joy, preparing for the baby is what comes next.

Deciding for baby names and shopping for baby things (a crib, clothes, a stroller) are what takes up the time while waiting for that BIG day. One thing that parents don’t usually decide on is whether to save or discard cord blood.

More often than not, we think that saving the baby’s umbilical cord blood is insignificant or that it should be thrown away. But cord blood can do so much for people who need the substance found only in cord blood. Read on and save for the future.

Even the blood from a newborn’s umbilical cord is a source for a  cure for some illnesses.

What is cord blood?
Umbilical cord blood is the blood that stays in the placenta and is found in the cord after childbirth. The cord blood is a rich source of stem cells which are the body’s building blocks for organs, tissue and blood that have the ability to grow into blood and immune system cells. Cord blood is made up of pristine stem cells that have the ability to find injured cells and tissue in the body and start a healing process.

Because of this, cord blood is often used as substitute for bone marrow in stem cell transplants. A newborn’s cord blood provides healing as it can cure blood disorders, cancers, metabolic and genetic disease. Using the regenerative factor of stem cells from the cord blood is a new branch of science where treatments using the cord blood is given.

Why save cord blood?

As parents, we would like to think that we can protect our children from anything that can cause them harm. Whether we like it or not, we cannot foresee the future.

Saving your baby’s cord blood is a type of insurance for the whole family. Stem cell rich cord blood is a valuable resource for a cure when needed. This is because the stem cells can effectively treat certain diseases of the parent or a sibling.

Immediate family members who are in need of a stem cell transplant are likely candidates for the stem cells from the banked cord blood. There is always a 25% chance that cord blood will be a perfect match for a sibling. Though cord blood is less likely to be a good match for more distant relatives, stored cord blood from other donors will draw up a match.

When you bank your baby’s cord blood to public blood bank, someone who has a life-threatening disease may benefit from it, provided that they are matched. Finding a donor-recipient match used to be a challenge for cord blood banks, but now the odds of finding a suitably-matched, publicly-donated cord blood unit is high as inventories of public cord blood banks continue to grow.

Stem cells from cord blood transfused

Illnesses like cancer and blood disorder require chemotherapy and radiation, these treatments kill not only the diseased cells in the body, but they can also kill many good cells in the process. The healthy cells that die are usually the bone marrow- the place where blood is manufactured.

When healthy stem cells die, patients are transfused with stem cells from a donor whose specimen closely matches theirs. The blood-forming stem cells from the donor are transplanted into the patient and the cells will manufacture new, healthy blood cells and improve the patient’s blood-producing and immune system capability.

Deciding on cord blood banking 
About 3 months before your scheduled delivery, talk with your doctor about your decision to donate your baby’s umbilical cord blood. Not all hospitals offer cord blood banking, so you must enroll in an American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) accredited cord blood bank before your baby is due.

Parents should know that cord blood collection is safe and risk-free for both the mother and baby. Cord blood collection happens immediately after the birth of the baby and it is advised that the cord blood is acquired while the placenta remains in utero.

But remember: Cord blood banking is not a routine in hospitals or home deliveries so don’t expect that your baby’s cord blood is saved automatically after giving birth. This is a choice to be made by expectant parents and therefore must be planned for ahead of time.

In private hospitals, collection of cord blood is done by the patient’s obstetrician or attending midwife. But in public hospitals, collection of cord blood is carried out by a cord blood collector -these are the contractors that you agreed to save your baby’s cord blood.

It is encouraged for the collector to collect as much cord blood as possible. The whole process only takes about three minutes and does not affect or change the birthing process in any way.

Cord Blood Collection

The journey of your baby’s cord blood doesn’t stop after collection. There are things that are done to ensure it is safe to be used for transplant.

  • After the cord blood unit arrives at the cord blood bank, it is tested to ensure it has enough blood-forming cells for a transplant and if it is free from contamination. If there are too few cells, the blood may be used for research purposes.
  • For cord blood banks like Be The Match Registry, the cord blood unit is registered in their listing of potential marrow donors and patients in need of a transplant. The cord blood is identified by a number to protect the family’s privacy.
  • It is then frozen in a liquid nitrogen freezer and stored.

Saving your baby’s cord blood is one major decision that must be thought over. Like blood donation, soon-to-be parents wouldn’t be thinking of donating their baby’s cord blood unless asked. Not too many people know that a gold mine of cure is in the blood that would be discarded if parents don’t opt for cord blood donating.

Don’t miss the chance to save lives, register to Donate your baby’s cord blood now and make your baby a hero in his own little way!