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Transforming Blood Processing with New Technology

Transforming Blood Processing with New Technology | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A pioneering surgical blood salvage technology developed at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, is set to transform the way major surgery is carried out by reducing blood loss in patients.

 

This device recovers and recycles the blood that is spilled during surgery. It then processes and returns the blood to the patient through autotransfusion. By using the patient's own blood, there is a lower need for donor blood, and a lesser risk of reaction from the transfusion. 

 

HemoSep, as the new device is called, has succeeded in clinical trials and has been approved for use in Europe and Canada.

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'Clot nets' help stroke recovery

'Clot nets' help stroke recovery | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Using small nets to fish blood clots out from inside people's brains may be the future of stroke care, according to a pair of studies.

 

According to researchers, "Clot-busting drugs only partially reopen 40% of large blocked arteries. These devices partially reopen 70-90% of large blocked arteries."

 

Furthermore, this new technique may be used in patients who cannot take certain drugs designed to break up clots or thin blood.

 

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New clot drug for heart patients

New clot drug for heart patients | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Hundreds of thousands of heart patients could benefit from new blood thinning drugs to cut their risk of stroke.

 

The existing (and popular) blood thinning medications coumadin and warfarin have a number of side effects and require frequent monitoring and often dietary adjustments to maintain proper levels.

 

Alternatives to these drugs, although bound to have their own side effects, could help many patients who require blood thinners to reduce stroke risk.

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Blood Cleaning and Filtration

Blood Cleaning and Filtration | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A new device has been tested to clean blood of bacteria.

 

In blood samples tested so far, the scientists have successfully removed 80 and 90 percent of the bacteria Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, respectively. They have also been able to remove over 80 percent of the blood’s inflammatory...

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