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Government allows transfer of blood between blood banks

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080814-N-0486G-006 MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 14, 2008) Bags and vials of blood await processing during the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) Blood drive at Naval Station Mayport. The ASBP program is different from other blood donations because all of the donations go straight to service members. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Gay/Released)
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 New Delhi: The health ministry has permitted transfer of blood from one blood bank to another, a step that will help in transferring blood to the hospitals that face scarcity, an official statement said on Monday.

The ministry has also fixed an exchange value for surplus plasma available at some blood banks in the country.

“Now, an exchange value of Rs.1,600 per litre of plasma has been fixed and the blood banks with surplus plasma can exchange it for consumables, equipments or plasma derived products, as per their need,” the health ministry said in the statement.

“Earlier, in the absence of the enabling provision, surplus plasma was traded or sold by the blood banks without any regulation whatsoever,” the statement said.

The decision was taken after the recommendations made by the National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC), an apex body for formulating policy matters pertaining to the organisation, operation, standards and training of a sustainable and safe blood transfusion service for the country.

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Berries: Perfect for Skin Health

Berries like raspberries and strawberries will help to achieve a glow this party season, says an expert

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Berries: Perfect for Skin Health
Berries: Perfect for Skin Health. Pixabay

Berries like raspberries and strawberries will help to achieve a glow this party season, says an expert.

“Exposure to pollution, tobacco and toxins, consumed in excess at this time of year, leaves us vulnerable to free radical attack. Berries are powerhouses for cell protection and the perfect snack for skin health,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted Caroline Hitchcock, one of Britain’s leading facialists, as saying.

Berries: Perfect for Skin Health
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They contain manganese, which has the ability to convert toxins within the skin cells into oxygen, reducing skin damage.

You can even prepare a face mask with the fruity ingredient. A ready to glow mask will have a hydrating effect on the skin and also brighten the face. Just follow these three steps:

– Mash four strawberries, half an avocado, a little bit of lemon juice in a bowl and make a smooth paste.

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– Apply on face with a mask brush working into skin. Avoid eye area.

– Leave for up to 20 minutes then rinse with cool water. (Bollywood Country)

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