MEDICINE Test could boost blood stocks
Jeremy Laurance is a writer on health issues. He is former health editor of The Independent and the i and has covered the specialism for more than 20 years. He thinks the harm medicine does is under-appreciated, the harm it prevents over-rated, and that cycling works better than most drugs. He was named Specialist Journalist of the Year in the 2011 British Press Awards.
Saturday 28 June 1997
The test is undergoing trials by the National Blood Service in London, where large numbers of potential donors have to be turned away because they have visited countries within the past year where malaria is endemic. It can be used on anyone who has returned from an affected country at least six months previously.
The blood service estimates that the test will boost the number of donors in the area served by the north London centre by 200 a week, equivalent to an extra 10,000 donations a year.
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