‘There is no reality here’: Researchers whose work inspired a startup to charge $8,000 to fill patients’ veins with young blood say it’s putting lives at risk

A startup called Ambrosia Medical that charges $8,000 to fill your veins with the blood of young people plans to launch its first clinic in New York City at the end of this year.
Researchers who study blood transfusions called the procedure “dangerous” and said the idea behind it is based on “incorrect interpretations” of their work.
Founded by Stanford graduate Jesse Karmazin, the company recently completed the first clinical trial designed to assess the benefits of young blood transfusions. Those results have not been published.

Does young blood hold the keys to a long and healthy life? Startup founder and and Stanford Medical graduate Jesse Karmazin believes it might, so he launched a startup called Ambrosia Medical that fills older people’s veins with fresh blood from young donors.

But researchers who study the procedure say it poses major risks for patients, including an elevated risk of developing several serious conditions later in life, such as graft-versus-host disease, which can occur when transfused blood cells attack the patient’s own cells, and transfusion-associated lung injury.

Irina and Michael Conboy, two University of California at Berkeley researchers who’ve published research on young blood transfusions in mice, called Ambrosia’s plans “dangerous.”

“They quite likely could inflict bodily harm,” Irina Conboy told Business Insider.

The Conboys’ concern stems from an awareness of what happens in the body when it receives foreign blood from a donor.

“It is well known in the medical community — and this is also the reason we don’t do transfusions frequently — that in 50% of patients there are very bad side effects. You are being infused with somebody else’s blood and it doesn’t match,” Conboy said. “That unleashes a strong immune reaction.”

Karmazin told Business Insider that the Conboys’ statements “are not supported by data or clinical experience.”

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Source:: Business Insider


Chanting crowd chases Sen. Cruz, wife from DC restaurant

By Avi Selk | Washington Post

WASHINGTON – Heidi Cruz stood frozen in the middle of the restaurant, hands clenched beneath her shawl, teeth bared in what might have started as a grin before it changed to something else.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had not yet removed his overcoat. He and his wife had not yet reached their table, which sat set and ready for them just a few paces away: a cream-cushioned booth, as reserved. But the Cruzes had not ordered all this chanting.

“We believe the survivors. We believe the survivors,” sang the crowd that had materialized around the couple. There were perhaps a dozen of them. A moment earlier, they had been any other patrons at Fiola, a $145 set-price Italian restaurant a mile from the U.S. Senate building. Now they were a Monday night flash mob with cellphone cameras.

Smash Racism DC tweeted “Sexual assault survivor questioned Cruz during disruption at fancy Washington DC restaurant. Cruz ignores her.”

“We believe the survivors,” the crowd kept singing, as Heidi Cruz continued to not-grin.

“Hiiiiii!” said a woman behind one of the cameras. She stretched the syllable out as if she had it on rack. “I’d love to talk to you about Brett Kavanaugh tonight.”

The woman was addressing the senator, not his wife – the two men are known to be old friends. More pertinently, Ted Cruz is a Republican on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, and Kavanaugh is a Supreme Court nominee whose confirmation process had been interrupted by allegations that he sexually assaulted one woman and engaged in sexual misconduct with another as a teenager.

The chanting never stopped. “We believe the survivors!”

Organizers of this protest would later identify themselves as members of various left-wing organizations: a local anti-fascist group and a branch of the Democratic Socialists of America, among others. One of them …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


Google is adding much more helpful search to Android Messages

After giving the app a fresh coat of paint and a new dark mode in recent weeks, Google is now adding some helpful features to Android Messages. In a blog post today, the company showed off a more powerful search experience that users will start seeing this week, which will let them find specific content types (images, videos, etc.) spanning all conversations or on an individual-chat basis.

So you’ll be able to tap on someone’s name and scroll down a sleek list of messages, media, and even locations that you and the other person have exchanged.

This is the sort of useful organization and decluttering that’s pretty common in other messaging apps, but for those who find themselves using SMS often, it’s nice to see Google making things a…

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26 ways you’re storing food wrong that are cutting down its shelf life

food in refrigerator

Rummaging through your fridge to find the “fresh” produce you bought earlier that week has gone bad can be a huge bummer.

Thankfully, you can hack your way to fresher, longer-lasting groceries. Keep reading for a few of the best ways to keep your produce fresh longer.

Treat herbs like flowers.

Simply Recipes suggests cutting off the stems of the herbs and making sure the leaves are dry before dropping them in a small cup of water. Then, place a loose plastic bag over the top of the herbs for optimal freshness preservation.

Acid can help preserve fruit slices.

From banana slices to wedges of apples, acids like lemon and lime can help preserve the freshness of these fruits for a few hours. The ascorbic acid in these citrus fruits helps slow the browning process that naturally occurs, thus allowing you to enjoy a fresh apple slice any time of the day, according to Learning Center.

Keep cut avocados fresh with a little lemon juice.

Lemon juice works to keep sliced avocados fresh, according to Food52. Whether you’re keeping half an avocado for later, or want to enjoy some pre-sliced avocados on a salad you’re having for lunch, swipe a little lemon juice on it to prevent premature browning.

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Source:: Business Insider


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