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Blood gel 'heals wounds quicker'.

GEL made from a patient's own blood can make wounds heal quicker, according to a study.

The gel is rich in platelets, the natural agents in blood that promote clotting.

American scientists tested the gel on eight people, who volunteered to have small cuts made on their legs.

The platelet gel was applied to the wounds on one leg. Injuries to the other leg were treated with an antibiotic ointment or dressing.

The wounds healed quicker with the gel.

The Minnesota research team said: "If further studies support these findings, platelet gel treatment during surgery could have a useful impact on the enhancement of post-operative dermal wound healing."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 28, 2007
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