Monday, July 27, 2009

I'm Feeling Kinda Blue

That's what you might say if new medical research pans out. According to National Geographic News, the picture below may be a harbinger of spinal cord/nerve damage treatment. Yeah, yeah, there's unanticipated side effects.

Fifteen minutes after researchers intentionally paralyzed this rat by dropping a weight on its back, they injected the rodent with Brilliant Blue G dye, a derivative of common food coloring Blue Number One.

Now that really sounds cold man. One minute you're running through a maze - working your little furry ass off for a spot of cheese - and the next thing you know... WHAM!

The dye reduced inflammation of the spinal cord, which allowed the rats to take clumsy steps--but not walk--within weeks, a new study says. In both rats and people, secondary inflammation following spinal cord trauma causes more lasting damage than the initial injury: Swelling sparks a small "stroke," which stops blood flow and eventually kills off the surrounding tissue.

Obviously there may be something to this blue dye treatment. Unfortunately the article does not address whether any rats recovered from similar injuries without blue dye injections or other forms of treatment.

Other than blue skin and eyes, "we can find no clinical effect on the rat," said Maiken Nedergaard, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester Medical
Center in Rochester, New York.

Hmmmmm. No clinical effect. Even without nerve damage, mix this stuff with Viagra and I'll give it a play. Get a job with the Blue Men Group. Call it the Real Happy Old Blue Men Group.


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Anonymous said...

Decisions, decisions...

Be paralyzed or have permanent blue balls???

USA_Admiral said...

Interesting post. That picture is just too creepy.

sig94 said...

Mix it with Viagra. You'll amuse and amaze...