by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  February 2, 2016 at 10:09 PM Research News
 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.

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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