Blood-Monitoring Disposable Smart Patch Delivers Blood Thinn
Thrombosis, the occlusion of vasculature by blood clots, is a precursor to debilitating conditions including stroke, pulmonary embolism, and heart attack. Blood thinners such as heparin or Coumadin are used to treat thrombosis, but necessitate ongoing blood tests for precise drug dosing. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University have developed and tested a self-regulating drug eluting patch that monitors the level of thrombin (a clot initiating enzyme) in the blood, and releases appropriate amounts of heparin in response....
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