Rectal bleeding is estimated to be suffered by 8% of UK people middle aged and over although the figure could be higher due to a reluctance of many suffers to seek medical help. Discovering the cause of rectal bleeding is an important factor in caring for patients, with nurses ideally placed to assess causes. Colorectal cancer can be a cause of bleeding although other factors can lead to the passing of blood, such as a prolapsed rectum, haemorrhoids or inflammation of the bowel. Patients need to be treated sensitively as many can find the process distressing and embarrassing.
Publication Name: Nursing Times
Fibrinogen-coated albumin microcapsules reduce bleeding in severely thrombocytopenic rabbits
The authors have developed a synthetic substitute for platelets to be used for treating the significant reduction of blood platelets known as thrombocytopenia. It is made of human albumin and fibrinogen, and can stop the bleeding which is what often depletes the platelets.
Publication Name: Nature Medicine
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