From The Daily What:
Wonderful, Magical Animal of the Day: Researchers at Detroit Medical Centre say they managed to stop a patient’s life-threatening nosebleed by stuffing bacon up her nose.
“Cured salted pork crafted as a nasal tampon and packed within the nasal vaults successfully stopped nasal hemorrhage promptly, effectively, and without sequelae,” write the four authors of a paper published in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology.
The test subject, who suffers from a hereditary disorder called Glanzmann thrombasthenia, is prone to potentially lethal epistaxis — known to laymen as “nosebleeds.”
Though this unnamed woman is the first to have her condition successfully treated with strips of cured pork, the tradition dates back awhile. The researchers speculate that bacon tampons are no longer in common use due to concern over “bacterial and parasitic complications.”