HONOLULU — An estimated 30 million people live in Hawaii, and they’re a big part of the reason the state is known as the bloodiest in the nation.
But as the drought in the state becomes worse, so is the need for blood products.
More than a quarter of all blood donations in the United States are now from people in Hawaii.
The state is also known for the high cost of blood transfusions, as well as the high number of people with hemophilia A, which makes it easier for patients to get hemophiliacs to donate blood.
But it’s also a place where some have begun experimenting with blood purification products, including blood mixtures from a new blood product developed by researchers at the University of Hawaii.
Researchers at the school of medicine have developed a product called Hmong Blood Purifier, or Blood Meridian.
The product contains about 50 percent protein, and it’s available as a tablet, a liquid, a gel, and as a nasal spray.
Hmong is based on the Japanese rice tree, which is an endangered tree native to Southeast Asia.
Hmong has been used to make tea for centuries.
Hmong rice is also the staple food of the Mongols.
“Hmong rice has a rich history of use in China, Japan, and Korea,” said Dr. William Bui, the research director for the Department of Food Science and Technology at the university.
“As a result, Hmong rice is the ideal food for people with high hemophilic status, such as people who are hemophilocentric or hemophagic,” he said.
Bui is the director of the Institute for Food Research at the Institute of Food Research, and he said the process of purifying blood is similar to that of making tea.
“You start with rice and you add water and you purify it, and then you just purify the rice and add more water to it,” he explained.
“The rice is like a sponge, and that’s how it works.”
The process of removing impurities is important to Bui’s research.
He said the purifying process helps the rice to retain its natural proteins and sugars, and also helps to maintain the structure of the rice itself.
“In the human body, proteins are very stable, and the longer you keep the rice in the water, the more proteins the rice can hold,” he told ABC News.
“So if you keep it in water, it will keep its structure and you will keep the proteins.”
The researchers hope the process will be useful in the future for people who have severe hemophilus A, or hemphilia, or who have certain medical conditions that require blood transfusion.
For Bui and the other researchers at University of Hawai’i, the project was about discovering new ways to purify blood.
“There is an emerging trend in the clinical field, where people are looking at the benefits of blood purifying,” he added.
“Hmong has some of the potential to provide a better alternative to standard blood products.”
Hmong Blood Meridian has been tested on mice, but it has yet to be licensed for human use, Bui said.
The company is also working with the FDA on the approval of Hmong products.