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Quik Clot is a new fast acting treatment for bleeding. When the porous sand-like powder is poured into a wound, it quickly absorbs water, concentrating the blood's clotting factors and speeding up clotting. Blood treated with Quik Clot clotted in less than two minutes, compared with about 10 minutes for untreated blood. In studies on pigs with severed arteries, survival rate was 100%; with a standard gauze dressing, more than half the animals died. The US military developed the treatment to reduce deaths from bleeding in soldiers on the battlefield. Doctors think that improved control of bleeding could save a fifth of soldiers killed in action (www.newscientist.com).
Using virtual reality to treat amblyopia (lazy eye) could take just an hour compared with traditional treatment, which takes about 400 hours. Patients with amblyopia have one eye that works better