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Blue dye in M&Ms linked to treating spinal injuries
New research indicates that the same blue food dye used in M&Ms and Gatorade could be used to reduce the damage caused by spinal injuries.
Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that when they injected the dye into rats suffering spinal cord injuries, the rats were able to walk again, albeit with a limp. The only side effect was that the rodents temporarily turned blue.
While they are not claiming that the dye can cure spinal injuries, researchers say it offers a potential improvement in patients’ conditions. The team is hoping the FDA will approve clinical trials of the blue dye on human patients. (CNN)
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