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It's not perfect but it's still a HUGE deal.
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Being afraid of needles is not a valid reason to avoid chipping in to save someone's life.
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Antiquated policies like the ban against men who have sex with men (MSM) bring into question just how progressive health and social policies are. The MSM policy mandates that even if MSM are healthy, they must abstain from intimacy for a pre-determined period in order to donate their blood to those who need it.
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"... a reasonable next step."
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It's only temporary, though.
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The Voluntary Blood Donations Act" prohibits paying and receiving payment for blood, either directly or indirectly. With this bill, the legislature has made the giving and receiving of blood a sacrament. The simplest solution to the blood and plasma shortage is to desacralize blood and plasma. Instead of bowing our heads to this idol, we should see it as the false idol it is, and get back to having a market in blood.
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HALIFAX - The agency that operates Canada's blood donor clinics is planning to make it easier for older donors to give blood, saying it will introduce changes this fall that will lift some eligibility...
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Canadians have come out in droves since people were made aware last week that the country's blood supply is desperately low. Since launching its appeal, the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) has seen a ma...
Canadian Blood Services is urging eligible blood donors across the country to make a blood donation immediately to increase the country's low blood inventory. Donors of all blood types are needed, bu...
Health Canada has quietly approved an application by Canadian Blood Services (CBS) to change their blood donor screening model after a two-year pilot project, CBC News has learned. The new model, app...
I would respect Canadian Blood Services more if it took a stronger position on gay blood donations. Either stick with the lifelong ban and admit that it's a super-cautious approach to try to mitigate against potential infections we don't yet understand, based on the deadly mistakes made in the past with HIV. Or focus on the bloodborne diseases we do know about, and adjust the ban accordingly to six-months or one-year, as would be consistent with the current science of detection. Either one of these approaches would be a more defensible posture than the arbitrary five-year ban Canadian Blood Services has chosen to champion.
Canadian Blood Services wants to change a long-standing policy that would allow gay men to donate blood if they haven't had sex with a man in the last five years. It's a change from a total ban on do...
A shortage of blood and stem cells in the black community is costing lives, Canada's blood agency warns. Canadian Blood Services is calling on people of African and Caribbean heritage to register as...
What feels like a lifetime ago, I was a shell of a human, having endured a cancer diagnosis. My memories of this experience are especially close to the surface every year around this time, on what I call my "re"-birthday: the anniversary of my bone marrow transplant.
Canadian Blood Services is asking for help this holiday season. The organization hopes to ship about 70,000 units of blood to hospitals across Canada this month. Right now, it's about 5,000 donations...