Other people and organisations are very much against paying people to donate blood plasma, or other blood items.

1School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, and 3Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK

"The biggest use for plasma at the moment is mainly for immunoglobulins or antibodies," says Barzin Bahardoust, chief executive of Canadian Plasma Resources.

As a result of the latest clinical evidence, more people will be given the opportunity to donate blood without affecting the safety of the blood supply, from early 2018.

Robin Slonim, an economist at the University of Sydney agrees, saying that without the supply that comes from paid donors, plasma treatments would only be affordable for the rich.

1School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, and 3Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK

1School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, and 3Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK

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1School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, and 3Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK

1School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, and 3Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK

Donors are required to feel well at the time of donation, so a cold, flu or allergies may temporarily prevent someone from donating. Donors must wait at least 24 hours for many minor surgeries, including dental work. Donors should rely on our screening process to determine surgery or illness deferrals. Many times the blood center medical director may make this determination.

1School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, and 3Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK

1School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, and 3Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK

1School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, and 3Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK

1School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, and 3Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK

The US, the world's largest exporter, now sends more than $2bn worth of plasma and related blood products overseas every month, making it the country's 12th most valuable export.

After CRP has collected its plasma, it is placed in special containers, then sent by lorry to Montreal, or Calgary, before being flown to Frankfurt for processing.

Plasma also contains clotting factors that can be used to help treat haemophilia, and albumin, a protein that can be used to help heal burns.

While many medications may prevent you from giving blood, you may still be able to donate while taking medications in the treatment of non-infectious diseases such as arthritis, chronic pain, gout, etc.

Current blood donation rules prevent people who engage in some sexual behaviours from giving blood for a 12 month period. As a result of scientific advances and improved understanding of the tests used, the deferral period for these people will now be reduced to 3 months.

1School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, and 3Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK

OneBlood’s role is to provide safe, available and affordable blood to its hospital partners and their patients. The blood center is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As a regulated agency, OneBlood, like all blood centers in the United States, is required by law to follow all rules, guidelines and deferral policies put in place by the FDA. Click here to read more.

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For more information visit the NHSBT website.

One such individual is Kat Lanteigne, executive director of Toronto-based Blood Watch.

1School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, and 3Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) will also be looking at ways to allow more people to donate blood without impacting blood safety. This includes more personalised risk assessments.

Each plasma donation typically takes one hour, with whole blood being drawn from the patient. The plasma is then separated in a machine next to the bed, before the blood cells are returned to the person in saline solution.

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They take into account the latest available medical and scientific evidence. This included more extensive information now available about the risk of acquiring infections that can be passed on in blood and also more evidence that supports the reliability of the blood screening tests we use.

Dr Gail Miflin, Medical and Research Director at NHS Blood and Transplant said:

If your diabetes is being treated and is under control, you are most likely able to donate blood. You should let your doctor know that you plan to donate.

which gives 6000 – 6x = 7x, or x = 6000/13 = 461

1School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, and 3Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK

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SaBTO Chair and Consultant Physician, Professor James Neuberger said:

Pregnant women are not eligible to donate blood, but they become eligible six weeks after giving birth. Women who are nursing are encouraged to drink plenty of water both before and after donating blood.

Those who lived in the United Kingdom for a total of 3 months or more from 1980-1996, as well as long term residents in several European countries during that period, are ineligible to donate blood. There are several travel locations that may cause a 1-year deferral, such as parts of Mexico, China and the Philippines, as well as tropical areas where malaria is endemic.

Such is the growing demand for plasma, that the global market - worth $23.6bn in 2016 - is predicted to almost double to $44.3bn by 2023.

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Defenders of paying for plasma and other blood items argue that it shouldn't be viewed as mercenary, pointing to European examples.