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The World in Medicine
October 15, 2003

Helping Platelets Chill Out

JAMA. 2003;290(15):1984. doi:10.1001/jama.290.15.1984-a

Sugar may sweeten the prospects of improving the shelf life of platelets, according to new research by an international team of scientists from the United States, Sweden, and Denmark (Science. 2003;301;1531-1534). Currently, platelets must be stored at room temperature; they are discarded after 5 days because they lose their blood-clotting ability and because room-temperature storage encourages bacterial growth .