By Amy Norton
FRIDAY, April 14, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Long periods of immobility can put people at risk of dangerous blood clots — yet hibernating bears lie around for months without any problem. Now scientists think they’ve figured out why.
The researchers hope the insight can eventually lead to new drugs for preventing life-threatening blood clots — the kind that begin in the legs but can travel to the brain and cause a stroke, or to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism.
In their new study, the researchers found that in hibernating bears, a particular protein — called…