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Steroid-loaded Nanoparticles Could Save Soldiers’ Lives After Explosive Blasts

by Shirley Johanna on April 21, 2015 at 7:18 PM
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Steroid-loaded Nanoparticles Could Save Soldiers’ Lives After Explosive Blasts

Hemostatic dexamethasone nanoparticles developed by researchers at Virginia Tech and Case Western Reserve helps to alleviate internal hemorrhaging.

Soldiers often suffer internal trauma following a traumatic event. Internal bleeding within the lungs is dangerous and requires immediate medical attention, but options for immediate treatment is lacking.

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Nanoparticles developed by researchers can be injected into a patient to help with internal clot formation to reduce inflammation within the lungs.

The hemostatic dexamethasone nanoparticles (hDNP) consists of a block polymer loaded with steroids. Researchers injected the particles in rats subjected to trauma and found that the nanoparticles increases oxygen levels, reduced internal bleeding and cellular damage in the lungs.

The researchers conclude that the nanoparticles could help alleviate internal bleeding and save lives.





Source: Medindia
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