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Drones could soon get crucial medical supplies to patients in need

Drones could soon get crucial medical supplies to patients in need

Aerial drones could one day ferry life-or-death medical supplies between hospitals now that Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have figured out how to keep blood, medications and vaccines consistently cool during the flights.

Interest in the use of drones has surged in recent years as companies, including retail giant Amazon, explore the use of the unmanned aircraft to efficiently and cheaply transport goods above traffic, through bad weather or to otherwise inaccessible or remote areas.

"If the blood somehow was changed or destroyed in transport, then none of it matters," said Dr. Timothy Amukele, a pathologist and director of the Hopkins Bayview Medical Center's...

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