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    Artificial platelets could treat injured soldiers on the battlefield

    Science Codex February 15, 2013

    Artificial platelets could treat injured soldiers on the battlefield


    When it comes to healing the terrible wounds of war, success may hinge on the first blood clot – the one that begins forming on the battlefield right after an injury.

    Researchers exploring the complex stream of cellular signals produced by the body in response to a traumatic injury believe the initial response – formation of a blood clot – may control subsequent healing. Using that information, they're developing new biomaterials, including artificial blood platelets laced with regulatory chemicals that could be included in an injector device the size of an iPhone. Soldiers wounded in action could use the device to treat themselves, helping control bleeding, stabilizing the injury and setting the right course for healing. [More…]

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    Chemical and Engineering News September 10, 2014

    Synthetic Platelets Boost Clotting
    Materials Science: Deformable microgels mimic natural platelets by stabilizing blood clots

    By Celia Henry Arnaud

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    A team of researchers at Georgia Tech led by chemist and biomedical engineer has designed new synthetic platelets that have the potential to boost clotting when traumatic injury overwhelms the natural clotting process. [More . . .]

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