Transfusions to stay young
It may sound like a gruesome technique used by a vampire to get his daily fix. But top executives in Silicon Valley are turning to blood from young people in the search for the “biological fountain of youth.” Early studies have suggested that the parabiosis procedure, which involves the transfusion of blood plasma from a young donor can have age-reversing effects on the body. Ambrosia, a start-up based in San Fransisco, offers plasma infusions at $8,000 for just two liters, to anyone aged over 35. The firm sources the blood plasma – which comes from 16-25 year olds – from blood banks. Jesse Karmazin, founder of Ambrosia, said: “Our first clients were biotech chief executives. Now it’s broader. More men, mostly in their sixties, though it ranges from thirties to nineties.”
App checks glucose levels
The world’s first health app could monitor people’s glucose levels without breaking the skin – a development which has been described as the “holy grail” in diabetes care. The Epic app could also help people find out if they could develop diabetes and need to make lifestyle changes to avoid it becoming a reality. Users will only have to place one fingertip over the camera lens of their smartphone, the London-based firm has stated. A series of close-up images are taken which accurately show information about the user’s blood flow. These are then sent to the cloud for analysis and can provide feedback on all kinds of vital information – from heart rate to temperature to blood pressure. It can also tell people about their respiration and blood oxygen saturation. Almost all pre-existing glucose monitoring equipment is invasive – and many companies including Apple have talked of trying to develop a non-invasive method of testing.