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Giving blood is something that comes with a lot of rules. But there are also a lot of myths and half-truths that people believe. The number of men giving blood has dropped by 24.8% over the past five years, and the number of women giving blood has dropped by 6%, according to NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). They're asking for more donors - and the chances are you're eligible. So what actually are the rules around giving blood? THERE'S NO BAN ON VEGGIES GIVING BLOOD. Myths around blood donation are something NHSBT is used to dealing with - and a few years ago a survey was commissioned to find out what misconceptions people had. It found that 3% of the more than 2,000 adults they asked thought being vegetarian could stop people from donating. Full story

10 June

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