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07/28/2009 04:49 PM ID: 79905 Permalink   

Blue M&M Dye Mends Spinal Injuries

 

Research at the University of Rochester Medical Centre shows that the dye used to color blue M&Ms can help mend spinal injuries. The compound, known as Brilliant Blue G, blocks a chemical that kills healthy spinal cord cells around the damaged area.

BBG has shown that it not only reduces the size of the lesion, it speeds recovery times as well. So far, tests on injured rats treated with BBG were able to walk again, while those that did not receive the BBG did not.

The only side-effect found so far is the skin temporarily turns bright blue; more tests are being done before human trials can begin. Researchers are hopeful that a treatment for spinal cord injuries will be available in the next few years.

 
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  This is Smurferic..  
 
It's not really Brilliant Blue G.. It's ground up Smurfs..
 
  by: CaveHermit   07/28/2009 04:58 PM     
  No way.  
 
Its not April 1st or something is it?

Wow.
 
  by: AccessG     07/28/2009 05:03 PM     
  Wow  
 
My injury isn't ba as some others, but I will sign up. Either than or I have to lick all the blue M&M's for how long? I will look like a Smurf I don't care, plus if they have a Smurfs2 movie I would be able to play a charcter naturally.
 
  by: TaraB     07/28/2009 05:29 PM     
  What next...  
 
If this is going to really work it
I doubt the people that use it would give a dam about the colour of their skin!
 
  by: captainJane     07/28/2009 05:44 PM     
  M&Ms  
 
must be the food of the gods... the green ones make you randy, and now this??? What do the yellow, orange, red, and brown ones do? I shudder to think.
 
  by: spiggy   07/28/2009 06:03 PM     
  And smarties  
 
Took the blue out of their packets because they wanted to use all natural colours? Sod that, bring back the chemicals! :D
 
  by: sprog   07/28/2009 06:21 PM     
  First the red one's  
 
were supposed to cause cancer, now the blue ones are supposed to heal spinal injuries?
 
  by: barryman9001   07/28/2009 10:04 PM     
  brilliant  
 
temporary blueness is totally worth if your back is sore all the time.
 
  by: stiebeleltron   07/28/2009 11:47 PM     
  .  
 
wow sounds really cool
 
  by: willyshawker     07/29/2009 04:28 AM     
  That's G.  
   
  by: Kolman   07/29/2009 06:49 AM     
  Thik Ill Buy A Case Of Bue M&Ms  
 
Just to get my resistance up in case I ever need it. Maybe 2 cases.

MMMMMMMMM Chocolate.
 
  by: ichi     07/29/2009 08:17 AM     
  Lol  
 
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/...

The animal in question.
 
  by: vgslag   07/29/2009 10:54 AM     
  Safe to Eat  
 
Isn't food colorants supposed to be 'safe' for human consumption?

As in, they do not affect the body body's biochemical processes?
 
  by: kmazzawi     07/29/2009 07:59 PM     
  Crazy  
 
I do wonder what the dose is that you have to take for this to work. To turn the skin blue would would need to just live on M&Ms I bet and it seems if you need the treatment 15 minutes from the time of the damage done it seems you would need to.
 
  by: Granamere7   07/29/2009 09:19 PM     
 
 
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