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Blue food dye may be the key to healing spinal cord injuries

A common dye used in such candies as m&ms may be the best treatment discovered to cure the effects of spinal cord injuries.

When a spinal cord injury is sustained, the damaged nerve cells release a chemical called ATP, which damages nearby cells. This dye, tested in rats in a recent study, travelled through spinal fluid to counteract the ATP and prevented inflammation.

According to the study, human testing is still years away, and in order for the treatment to be effective, it must be administered immediately after a spinal cord injury.

See the news article at CNN.com.

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