Don’t Let it Bleed
A hemostatic powder, similar to one used by the US Military to treat injuries, stops bleeding from peptic ulcers in 95 percent of patients tested, says Hong Kong’s Dr. James Lau, who adds that 15 percent of adults experience bleeding ulcers. Traditional treatment involves inserting an endoscope into the stomach and then injecting drugs into a blood vessel in the ulcer to stop bleeding. For Lau’s study, researchers administered hemostatic powder through the endoscope and saw a 95 percent success rate in stopping the bleeding. In addition, there was no recurrent bleeding or complications within a month after treatment. “ ... our findings suggest a new approach with a powder that could ultimately prove to be more effective for patients and result in fewer complications,” said Lau.