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Artificial Red Blood Cells as an Antidote for Azide Poisoning

Sodium azide, a toxic chemical used in common household products, automotive airbags, agriculture and some laboratory preservatives, can cause seizures, hypotension and respiratory failure. Researchers have developed an artificial red blood cell that has a binding affinity to azide, potentially becoming a treatment for azide poisoning. These liposomal red blood cells increased the survival rate in lethal azide-poisoned model mice with recovery of oxidase activity, leading to the reduction of acid in the blood stream and tissue oxidation. Read more about this study here.

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