(Via phys.org) Scientists at Texas A&M university alongside counterparts at MIT have, in a project backed by the US Army research office, created an injectable bio-degradable gel that helps stem internal bleeding. Though still in early testing, the gel has proven to be extraordinarily effective so far, in some cases reducing the time it takes for blood to clot by 77 percent. In contrast to previous efforts to create similar treatments, which pose the risk of flowing into other parts of the body and forming potentially harmful clots, this new material solidifies at the site of the wound and begins promoting coagulation in the targeted area only, without any need for applied pressure.
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