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New Crab Shell Bandages to Accelerate Wound Healing Activity

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on February 2, 2016 at 10:09 PM
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 New Crab Shell Bandages to Accelerate Wound Healing Activity

What if your bandage could heal wounds faster? A team of scientists has come up with a fast-healing dressing that contains crab shells.

The University of Bolton team, which spent 10 years developing the hi-tech alchite dressing, believes that it could become a product worth 250 million pounds a year. The key ingredient is chitosan, a mineral found in crustacean shells, which kills bacteria and speeds up healing. The dressing is set to be made in China but initially sold in the UK.

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Researcher Mohsen Miraftab said, "Alchite is a composite fiber, combining alginate, which is drawn from algae, and chitosan, found in crustacean shells. Alginate and chitosan both have a history of being used in medicine. Chitosan is naturally antimicrobial and accelerates wound healing activity, so it does heal and kill bacteria."

Source: ANI
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