• A new study asks: Are we harming blood donors by taking blood from them?

    17 days ago - By STAT

    One question has plagued the field of blood donation for as long as there have been transfusions: Are we harming blood donors by taking blood from them?
    Our iron stores are largely self-conserved: Our bodies recycle iron from old red blood cells to make new red blood cells. Iron that's in use doesn't tend to exit the body unless a person loses blood, whether through menstruation, bleeding from trauma, illness - or through donation.
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