Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dye prevents Spinal Tissue Death?

I came across this article today which links the injection of a blue dye already FDA-approved for food use into the bloodstream of someone just having had a spinal injury.

It turns out that one of the biggest problems in a spinal injury is the rush of ATP to the injury site which leads to subsequent tissue death of the nerve tissue. The injection of the dye stops that process. I don't pretend to understand all of the science. But having a quadraplegic father-in-law does give one an appreciation for these kinds of medical advances and the incredible impact that they can make.

The fact that it's a dye that I may in fact be using on yarn. Well, life don't get any better than that.

1 comment:

Bezzie said...

You'd be surprised, I'll bet that the scientists that came up with that technique probably don't 100% understand it either. But hey, if it doesn't do any more harm--why not?