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Blue Food Dye Helps Treat Spinal Cord Injuries in Rats

There are 13 comments on the findingDulcinea story from Jul 28, 2009, titled Blue Food Dye Helps Treat Spinal Cord Injuries in Rats. In it, findingDulcinea reports that:

A new study found that injecting blue dye into rats with spinal cord injuries reduced the damage.

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Anita

New York, NY

#1 Jul 28, 2009
This is such a wonderful discovery, that something so commonplace can make such an immense difference for patients with spinal cord injuries. I hope the research gets funding soon so that it can be made into a drug for humans.
Kevin

Bernardsville, NJ

#2 Jul 28, 2009
It's a shame that a project with this much promise is struggling to find funding. I wish drug companies would do research based on trying to help people, and not discovering the most lucrative business options.
Riley

New York, NY

#3 Jul 28, 2009
I like how they say in the article "so far the only adverse side effects are ..." How can they possibly predict how chemical dyes will influence a rats/person's system?
Adam

Marquette, MI

#4 Jul 28, 2009
It, uh, sort of looks like that lab rat had a fairly large dose of the blue... Does it take that much?
Julie Klipsch

Elkridge, MD

#5 Jul 29, 2009
It is highly unethical and cruel to break the spines of rats to try and "treat" them. With so many people who have these types of injuries, experimentation should be conducted on fully informed and consenting human volunteers. With so many drugs found to cause problems AFTER being allowed on the market, it's obvious that testing on animals for human safety is bad science.
Anita

New York, NY

#6 Jul 29, 2009
Riley wrote:
I like how they say in the article "so far the only adverse side effects are ..." How can they possibly predict how chemical dyes will influence a rats/person's system?
That's what the clinical trials are for. I suppose they will keep experimenting with rats until they can neutralize any adverse side effects.
glorious estefan

New York, NY

#7 Jul 29, 2009
If we could turn people blue that would be pretty amazing.
Janet

Vancouver, WA

#8 Jul 29, 2009
Kevin wrote:
It's a shame that a project with this much promise is struggling to find funding. I wish drug companies would do research based on trying to help people, and not discovering the most lucrative business options.
Yes, unfortunately health care is a business in our country. The worth of specific treatments and medications all comes down to a price tag.
Steve

Portland, OR

#9 Jul 29, 2009
It is cool that they seem to have found a good side effect of the blue dye (in that it may help treat injuries) but if it can have that strong of an effect in a positive way - it makes me wonder what the strong negative effects of that or other dyes might be hmm...
ozzy

New York, NY

#10 Aug 10, 2009
Finally, some additive proves to be helpful rather than harmful.
Michael

Chualar, CA

#11 Jan 11, 2011
OK, something seems off with the numbers here. 14mg/day per capita in the US would come to about 3.3m lbs of dye.

To get to 100m lbs of dye used in the US annually, usage would be more like 414mg/day per capita.

414mg/day is fairly unbelievable, so I'm guessing that the 100m number is either completely wrong, or pertains to global usage.
Sad Goblin

Krasnodar, Russia

#12 Jan 17, 2012
It appears that Terrans from StarCraft carried large amounts of BBG onto Azeroth, lol
594mom

Enumclaw, WA

#13 Mar 20, 2012
So next we will need a prescription for Blue Food coloring. hhhhmmmm, My son used his own stem cells for his spinal cord injury and now they want to make this procedure a "prescription" too! this is asinine..........

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