Wedding therapists in India: “When it comes to blood groups it is essential that you both have the same Rhesus factor”

The world is slowly waking up to giving people an option to pick a partner amongst the large group of those who are blood type compatible. One of the most important reasons to know a future partner´s blood type is that the rhesus factor can decide whether or not there may be potential complications on the horizon when picking someone you plan to have children with.

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New Delhi: Gone are the days when matching of horoscope intended to be the right practice for a successful marriage. These days, what doctors and medical experts are recommending is checking the medical compatibility of bridegroom.

Various young couples go for the medical compatibility tests as experts truly believe that watching the physical and medical health is more essential than matching kundalis.

The tests to check the medical compatibility include tests of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, knowledge of the blood groups, Thalassemia, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and Tests for certain known Genetically Transmitted Diseases.

This is to mention here that the trend has been accepted by Indian couples and has now turned out to be a part of selection process in arrange marriages. Wedding therapists believe that even in love marriages people opt for the medical compatibility tests.

Here are the tests that need to be done under the medical compatibility of a couple before taking the plunge-

Blood Group Tests: When it comes to blood groups it is essential that you both have the same Rhesus factor (Rh factor). If your blood group is O positive and your partner has a blood group of B negative, he or she has a negative Rh factor. This information is essential especially during pregnancy, as a mother and baby of opposite Rh factors could lead to severe complications and even death of the baby.

Tests for genetically transmitted conditions: The test is important to check if you or your partner carries any genes that could manifest as a disease in your children. This includes conditions like thalassemia (a genetic blood disorder where a baby cannot produce enough red blood cells and will need a blood transfusion very often), cancers, juvenile diabetes, mental disorders, etc.

Tests for sexually transmitted diseases: There might a certain stigma attached to this test, but it is best that you both know your health status when it concerns these diseases. While HIV is life threatening, other STDs like hepatitis C, herpes, gonorrhoea, etc. are something you will have to live with all your life; not to mention the risk of your child getting affected by it.
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Blood Type Dating –

Mr. Spock´s Blood Type: T-Negative

“Journey to Babel” was the episode where Spock needs to save his father´s life as he has the same rare blood type as him:


At What Age Do People Get Married Around the World?

Marriages worldwide are following the same trend: people are getting married later – or not at all. But while following the same trends, marriage still looks very different across the globe.

The above map uses data from the UN to show the average age at which people get married by country. Since the UN draws its data from different surveys done on a country by country basis, the data is not always from the same year.1

The biggest differentiator of marriage age seems to be a country’s income, with people in developed countries marrying later. Nordic countries and Western Europe rank among the highest for mean age at marriage at above 30 years. Afghanistan has one of the lowest at 20.2 years.

Averaging the marriage age of entire populations hides the fact that men get married much later than women. This is true in every country. The gender age gap for marriage is wider in less developed countries: women get married 8.3 years earlier in Afghanistan to 1.8 years in France, for example. As we see in the below graph of worldwide averages of mean age of marriage, the gap has narrowed only slightly over the past 35 years.

Source: United Nations World Marriage Data 2012

It remains common today for women to marry very young in some developing countries. Thirty nine countries have data showing that 20% of women married by age 18. In twenty countries, a full 10% of women married by age 15. In only 2 countries, however, are 10% of men married before the age of 18. Still, men and women are getting married later in every region of the world. The average age of marriage for women increased from 21.8 to 24.7 years from the seventies to the mid 2000s, with the average age for men rising a comparable amount.

This has resulted in some fairly dramatic stats here in the United States. Today, less than half of American adults are married – down from 72% in 1960 – and almost as many babies are born out of wedlock as to married couples.

Nevertheless, around the world the majority of people still get married, even if they get married later. In all but a dozen or so countries, 80% of men and women have been married by age 49, and even more people commit to comparable or similar “consensual unions.” Despite all the global differences and changes, shacking up is still the norm.

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Attention Blood Type Os: Mosquitoes love you!

Some messages need to be repeated. And this is one.
But little do many know in regards to the WHY:

If you are blood type O, you are more likely to be a secretor than other ABOs.
By secretor it indicates that you carry your blood cells in your saliva and sweat.
That means mosquitoes can smell and sense you.

What blood type you have influences the risk that you will be infected by a particular strain of norovirus

This is just one of many reasons why knowing your blood type is so important.

These links between blood types and diseases have a mysterious arbitrariness about them, and scientists have only begun to work out the reasons behind some of them. For example, Kevin Kain of the University of Toronto and his colleagues have been investigating why people with type O are better protected against severe malaria than people with other blood types. His studies indicate that immune cells have an easier job of recognising infected blood cells if they’re type O rather than other blood types.

More puzzling are the links between blood types and diseases that have nothing to do with the blood. Take norovirus. This nasty pathogen is the bane of cruise ships, as it can rage through hundreds of passengers, causing violent vomiting and diarrhoea. It does so by invading cells lining the intestines, leaving blood cells untouched. Nevertheless, people’s blood type influences the risk that they will be infected by a particular strain of norovirus.

The solution to this particular mystery can be found in the fact that blood cells are not the only cells to produce blood type antigens. They are also produced by cells in blood vessel walls, the airway, skin and hair. Many people even secrete blood type antigens in their saliva. Noroviruses make us sick by grabbing onto the blood type antigens produced by cells in the gut.

Yet a norovirus can only grab firmly onto a cell if its proteins fit snugly onto the cell’s blood type antigen. So it’s possible that each strain of norovirus has proteins that are adapted to attach tightly to certain blood type antigens, but not others. That would explain why our blood type can influence which norovirus strains can make us sick.

It may also be a clue as to why a variety of blood types have endured for millions of years. Our primate ancestors were locked in a never-ending cage match with countless pathogens, including viruses, bacteria and other enemies. Some of those pathogens may have adapted to exploit different kinds of blood type antigens. The pathogens that were best suited to the most common blood type would have fared best, because they had the most hosts to infect. But, gradually, they may have destroyed that advantage by killing off their hosts. Meanwhile, primates with rarer blood types would have thrived, thanks to their protection against some of their enemies.

Full article here: Why do we have blood types?

If you don´t know your blood type, contact your physician, donate blood or order a testing kit online.

Sperm donation and rhesus incompatibility

Sperm donation is also used in cases of rhesus incompatibility. This particularly occurs where a woman has a blood type which is rhesus negative, and where her partner is rhesus positive. The woman’s body may reject a fetus if it has rhesus positive blood. Anti D injections have been developed and may be used to attempt to avoid this, and these are usually automatically given to rhesus negative women immediately after they give birth to their first child. However, in the past this was either not possible or was not always routinely undertaken where a woman gave birth or had an abortion and she may have trouble carrying a child later in life. Furthermore, for some women, the anti D injection does not provide the entire solution, particularly where there is a medical history of complications during pregnancy which risk the woman’s blood and that of the fetus becoming mixed. In such cases, sperm from a rhesus negative donor can provide the solution and a woman may be able to conceive and carry a pregnancy to full term when otherwise this would not be possible. For this reason, sperm from rhesus negative sperm donors is often in great demand, particularly those with the O negative blood group who are universal donors.

If you are an rh negative woman and planning to get pregnant …

It’s been known for about 20 years that the fetus is exposed to maternal antibodies during pregnancy. In fact, maternal antibodies are important to provide newborns an immune boost to fend off pathogens until their own immune systems get up and running. However, a mother’s body can also produce antibodies that negatively affect a child developing within her. Many people are familiar with the risk of Rh-disease that can occur when a fetus has Rh-positive blood but the mother has Rh-negative. Anti-Rh antibodies produced by the mother can cross the placenta and attack the baby’s red blood cells leading to anemia and, if untreated, even kill the child.

The researchers said that the highly specific immunoglobulin-G (IgG) autoantibodies cross the placenta during pregnancy to impact fetal brain development, resulting in a form of autism that the researchers now are calling maternal antibody-related (MAR) autism. The researchers said that MAR autism cases could represent as much as 23 percent of all autism cases.

Thalassaemia patients, blood donors share unique bond

A thalassaemia patient undergoes blood transfusion at Latifa Hospital in Dubai

  • Image Credit: Pankaj Sharma/Gulf News
  • A thalassaemia patient undergoes blood transfusion at Latifa Hospital in Dubai.

Dubai: Mohammad Wajid Ameen has been dependent on regular blood transfusions for 25 years. Mohammad Rashid Ali Sulaiman has been donating blood since 2008.

The two have never met. But they share one common thought — a gratefulness for the lifeline provided by this red liquid.

Ameen’s parents discovered he had Thalassaemia when he was three months old. Born and brought up in Dubai, the Pakistani sales executive has had more than 400 blood transfusions to keep him alive.

“If I don’t get blood transfusion, probably I will die. The amount of energy in my body will get lesser and lesser,” Ameen told Gulf News while getting his scheduled transfusion.

“Everything in our body uses blood. So basically, if I don’t have it, then my body will stop functioning. You can liken it to cars. They don’t run without petrol. Same with our bodies, it won’t function without blood.”

Thalassaemia is a blood disorder where the body makes an abnormal form of haemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. The less of oxygen the body gets, the less energy it has.

“We feel some kind of lazy when the blood haemoglobin level comes down because when the blood is low you don’t feel like working, or going up the stairs, or work out, you feel heavy and tired,” Ameen says.

Thalassaemia is passed on through the bloodline. Ameen’s older sister also suffers from the same condition.

“Before, honestly speaking, when I was 15 to 16, that was the time when I used to feel low and ask, ‘Why me?’ That was the question in my mind all the time. But growing up, I saw other Thalassaemic people and got a good motivation and a good will that I said, ‘Okay, it could have been worse. This is the better one’,” Ameen said.

Ameen is just one of the hundreds of patients at the Thalassaemia Centre in Dubai that receives regular blood transfusions every three weeks. They require more than 40 per cent of the blood collected at the Dubai Blood Donation Centre in Oud Metha; blood donated by the likes of Sulaiman.

While they don’t directly share a donor-recipient bond, as Sulaiman’s blood type is O-negative and Ameen’s is B-positive, both men reflect the importance of the humanitarian act of donating blood.

Sulaiman, an Emirati, has donated blood since he was 29. A father of five, he says there’s no particular reason that he donates blood. He just does it as part of his normal life, just like breathing.

“I donate quarterly not for any reason. I just like it for myself,” Sulaiman told Gulf News.

Since Sulaiman’s blood type is one of those in demand, he knows how crucial it is to be a lifeline for others.

“Sometimes, they even call me for urgent cases and, when I’m free, I come. At one time I was on my way to fetch my daughter and I got a call. It’s an emergency they said. Since I was near the area, I came.”

In 2011, Sulaiman had a car accident that left his leg fractured. Although he lost a lot of blood in the process, he didn’t need transfusion. But he did surprise doctors afterwards.

“Sometime after my operation, just like what I used to do, I came to donate blood,” he recalls. “But they didn’t allow me. They said my body needed to recover from the trauma first and advised me to rest.”

That was the only time he couldn’t donate blood.

“Other than that, nothing could stop me from donating. I will go again and again until I still can.”

Because of his cause, Sulaiman maintains a healthy lifestyle — eating healthy, drinking lots of water, exercising, and abstaining from alcohol and cigarettes.

“Sometimes we have something in excess that other people need. I am happy others can stay alive longer through my blood,” Sulaiman says.

“I don’t want money nor benefits. I don’t want anything in return. It’s something from my heart. So if people need it, I will give it.” And needed it is. For every three seasons, one person needs blood. And almost half of these people are people like Ameen.

“I’m thankful to the kind-hearted people who have donated blood for me and for everyone here, around 500 patients. I’m thankful to the hospital as well. It gives me motivation to do something for other people just like how others are doing something for me,” Ameen said.

Who Can Donate?

Potential donors need to:

- Be in good health.

- Be at least 17 years of age. Provided you are in good health, the upper age limit is 65.

- Weigh at least 50kg (110 pounds).


If you are in good health but take medications or have a chronic health condition, such as asthma, high blood pressure or diabetes, please call +971 4 219 3221/3389 to determine your eligibility.


You are not eligible to donate blood frequently if you:

•Have ever used self-injected drugs (non-prescription).

•Have ever had hepatitis B or hepatitis C.

•Are in a high-risk group for Aids.

•Are a diabetic on medication.


You are not eligible to donate blood if you:

•Are sick (suffering a cold, flu, sore throat or diarrhoea).

•Have taken antibiotics within the last five days.

•Have had dental work within the last three days.

•Are anaemic (Iron deficient).

•Are pregnant.

•Have had any ear/body piercings, or have had a tattoo, within the last year.

Source: Dubai Blood Donation Centre

Blood disorder known as the ‘Celtic Mutation’ is on the rise

1-in-83 Irish people are predisposed to Haemochromatosis

A blood disorder that effects people of Celtic ancestry is becoming more prevalent in Ireland. It is thought as many as 22,000 people here suffer from Haemochromatosis, which is a genetic disorder where the body absorbs too much iron from its diet and this iron is stored in the body.

This excessive iron leads to impaired function of organs and eventually to disease and organ failure. It is estimated that 1-in-83 Irish people are predisposed to iron overload.

It can be diagnosed through a simple blood test and the disorder is treatable.

Today is an awareness day for the blood disorder – known as the Celtic Mutation – and information stands will be present at shopping centres across the country.

Dr. William Murphy is medical and scientific director of the IBTS.

“Since last August we have started inviting anyone with haemochromatosis to new free treatment clinics in Dublin and Cork” he said.

“Anyone can use this service once they have a prescription from their own doctor or clinic. If they want to donate their blood for transfusion to others, and if they are eligible to be blood donors, then we will use their blood for transfusion to patients”.

“Several hundred people with haemochromatosis have used this service since it started in Dublin and in Cork. Most, but not all, have been able to go on to be blood donors” he added.

Conor Kenny is a business consultant who has been diagnosed with the condition and says a lot of Irish people do not know they have the disorder.

He says a screening programme is essential.

More here: Blood disorder known as the ‘Celtic Mutation’ is on the rise


A big thank you goes to Kevin Carmody for bringing this to my attention!

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