Bacon as Nosebleed Treatment Nets Unusual Award
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Physicians at the Detroit Medical Center have been awarded a unique prize for an unconventional treatment – using bacon to stop an uncontrollable nosebleed in a 4-year-old with Glanzmann thrombasthenia. The 2014 Ig Nobel prize, awarded by Harvard University’s Annals of Improbable Research for imaginative scientific achievements, was given to Dr. Sonal Saraiya and her medical team after they used a folk remedy as a last resort to stop the hemorrhaging. The treatment worked, which Dr. Saraiya attributes to clotting factors in the pork and the salt content that can draw fluid from the nose. Bacon is not generally recommended by physicians to stop a nosebleed, particularly for patients with bleeding disorders, but in this instance it was an optimal (and tasty) treatment.
Michigan doctors who used cured pork to stop a nosebleed won a 2014 Ig Nobel prize, awarded by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine at Harvard University for especially imaginative scientific achievements. “There are some clotting factors in the pork,” she said, the Associated Press ...
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