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Borate Glass Nanofibers for Wound Healing
Posted: May 10, 2011
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Taylor acknowledged that while the wounds would have probably healed under her care without the glass material, they would have required expensive vacuum-assisted healing systems. In addition, the glass fibers seemed to drastically reduce scarring. The next step is expanded human trials this summer, which reportedly will be conducted in partnership with the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
This material could potentially be used by battlefield medics or emergency medical technicians to provide first aid with these glass fibers that simultaneously slow bleeding, fight bacteria (and other sources of infection) and stimulate the body's natural healing mechanisms. In addition, it could be used to treat diabetics suffering from hard-to-heal wounds. Beyond health benefits, the wound healing and reduced scarring mechanisms are interesting for the cosmetics industry and suggest new concepts relevant to skin care and anti-aging treatments in general.