Thursday, July 26, 2012
A team led by Boston-area researchers has shown that infusion
of oxygen-loaded microparticles could keep the blood of asphyxiated rabbits
oxygenated, preventing organ damage and death.1 Although the method
could help treat hypoxemia resulting from acute airway obstruction or damage,
future studies will have to show that the microparticles are safe and have the
biochemical properties of endogenous hemoglobin.
M.J. SciBX 5(29);
Published online July 26, 2012
1. Kheir, J.N. et al.
Sci. Transl. Med.; published online June 27, 2012; doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.3003679
Contact: John N. Kheir, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Mass.
2. Spahn, D.R. et al.
Anesthesiology 91, 1195-1208 (1999)
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Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX), Deerfield, Ill.
Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Mass.
Boston Therapeutics Inc. (OTCQB:BTHE), Manchester, N.H.
Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.
NuvOx Pharma LLC, Tucson, Ariz.
Particle Sciences Inc., Bethlehem, Pa.
Sangart Inc., San Diego, Calif.
University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colo.