This week in adhesive news, researchers in South Korea have developed a needle that prevents bleeding after injection. Lead by Lee Hae-shin, a professor at KAIST, a public research university in Daejeon, Korea, the team developed a needle coated with an adhesive film derived from byssus, the adhesive mussels use to attach themselves to rocks. The needle is intended for patients with lower than average blood clotting, such as patients with diabetes, hemophilia, taking regular dosages of aspirin, or cancer patients undergoing certain treatments.
According to the article, “The needle proved to work on every type of intravascular and intramuscular injections,” Lee said. “As it was effective for patients with hemophilia, we expect the product to work on other patients with blood coagulation problems.”
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