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Blue to the Rescue!!

Posted on: July 31, 2009

HERE HE COMES TO SAVE THE DAY!!! BLUE M&M IS ON THE WAY!!!

If you don’t have a favorite M&M color, may I suggest blue! Apparently, Blue can be your cure to a spinal cord injury!! No kidding!!

The University of Rochester Medical Center researchers are saying that the blue dye found in M&Ms and Gatorade appears to help treat severe spinal cord injuries in rats. Their research show that the compound Brillian Blue G (BBG) prevents the inflammation that causes more serious secondary damage to the spinal cord in the hours following the injury!

The injured rats injected with BBG were able to get up and walk, though with a limp. Untreated rats never regained the ability to walk.

The only downside: the injected rats temporarily turned blue!!! Seriously though, I’d go for a blue tinge to the skin if it meant I could walk again following a spinal cord injury! Wouldn’t you?!

For once, feeling blue would be a good thing!!!

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