Infusions of plasma from young producers shown to be of benefit in a small trial of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimers.

http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2017/11/clinical-trial-finds-blood-plasma-infusions-for-alzheimers-safe.html

Published online by Stanford Medicine News Centre, this article reports on a small early stage clinical trial at Stanford University. The trial was conducted to evaluate the safety of giving patients with mild to moderate Alzheimers, infusions of blood plasma from young producers. Unexpectedly in the trial benefits in tests of functional performance by those patients were reported, primarily by their carers.  The trial wasn’t designed to test these parameters and obviously further testing needs to be undertaken. Still very, very interesting.   Also interesting is that the article reports that the intellectual property for the regime of infusing patients with plasma from 18-30 year old producers is owned by a private biotechnology company called Alkahest.

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Detail of a work in current progress in the series on the story ‘twenty three units of blood’. All of those units of blood were donated in the sense that they were given without  monetary reward. In Australia when you donate blood you receive thanks, a cup of tea, a biscuit and if you are really good, a lolly.

I posted in August 2017 about the blood and blood products production business including a link to a documentary shown on the Australian, ABC, Four Corners programme. http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/four-corners/NC1704H029S00. Not sure if it is still online but here is the link for you to copy and paste if you’re interested.  It raises  ethical questions about what could be described as the farming of humans for profit or as additional ways for individuals to earn money by selling their plasma on a regular basis.

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Yet another fantastic new biomedical use for silk announced by Tufts University

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‘Multi-Functional Printable Silk Inks Tap Common Print Technology to Address Therapeutics, Regenerative Medicine, Bio-Sensing Needs –

In the photo – ‘ When printed on surgical gloves in functional silk inks doped with bacteria-sensing agents, the word “contaminated” changed from blue to red after exposure to E. coli.’

Blood on Silk: Price taker, price maker

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Fiona Davies Blood on Silk: Price taker, price maker,

2015  found objects, sound video and print  420 x 220 x 80cm

Installed at the Drabee Road Nursery, Kandos, NSW. Australia as part of Cementa_15.  April 2015

The manner in which the market works  for a person  producing  and selling their own blood, blood products  or body organs is very similar to that for agricultural production.  In this context price takers are those whose market activities have limited effect  on the market price they receive.

Additional Reviews:

cementa6 Arts Hub

IMG_2474 Six to Eight by Fleur MacDonald

Cementa 15 9th to 12th April in Kandos, NSW, Australia

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Cementa is a biennial contemporary arts festival taking place in the post-industrial town of Kandos NSW

Click here to see what’s on

Fiona Davies Blood on Silk: Price taker, price maker, 2015, found objects sound, video, and print, 420 x 220 x 80cm

The manner in which the market works  for a person  producing  and selling their own blood, blood products  or body organs is very similar to that for agricultural production.  In this context price takers are those whose market activities have limited effect  on the market price they receive.

Link to video on the development of this work

Image of work in progress – Artist residency studio courtesy of MAP Hazelbrook

Work in progress Price taker, price maker

Radio Interview on Blood on Silk, Death, Cementa 15 and some of the rest of life’s great questions.

Interviewed by the great Leah Haynes on radio EastideFm  earlyish in the morning of the 23rd March . My interview overlapped with the very fine visual artist Nicole Barakat. Over the years we have worked together and are both in Cementa15  at Kandos, April 9th to 12th.  So a great chance to catch up with what she’s up to as well.

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http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsmonday/

Go to this page and scroll down to the bottom, find the 23rd March  and click to stream the programme.