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Can plasma cure the common cold ?

Posted on Monday, 5 December, 2011 | Comment icon 4 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Streams of electrically charged gas could be used in the future to cure colds and other illnesses.

A stream of what is known as "cold plasma" has been found to be effective at deactivating viruses similar to those in the common cold, meaning that they can no longer replicate. "Cold plasmas are potentially a very effective agent for control of viral infections," said Dr Julia Zimmermann. It is hoped that the technology could one day be used for hand sanitizers in hospitals.

"When exposed the plasma a stream of ionised gas for just a couple of minutes, the viruses were no longer able to replicate, meaning they could not spread or cause disease."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by RedSquirrel on 4 December, 2011, 19:46
Very interesting read, as someone who hates being ill, I hope this goes somewhere. I wonder if there are direct dangers to the reduction of beneficial bacteria and cells though? Time to go and huff my TV, gotta stay healthy during the cold season.
Comment icon #2 Posted by FlyingAngel on 5 December, 2011, 13:02
Sound good but what I'm interested more is how plasma could identify a cell as "virus" or not. What if it also deactivate s our inner defense system? Note that pills you took everyday to counter illness are also (good) viruses.
Comment icon #3 Posted by King Fluffs on 5 December, 2011, 17:07
Sounds nice.
Comment icon #4 Posted by catfishyeah on 6 December, 2011, 19:54
Are we really deactivating it? or are we making it latent and it could pop up unexpecting?


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