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New bandage aids in wound healing

December 21, 2011 | Comment icon 9 comments



Image Credit: US Navy
Researchers are adding live cells to bandages to spur blood vessel growth so wounds heal quicker.
Though the concept of adding growth factors to bandages in an effort to aid healing isn't new, this research is the first to add live cells to spur growth of blood vessels. The porous "stamp" is 1 cm. across, made of layers of a hydrogel comprised of polyethylene glycol and methacrylic alginate. Researchers see many uses for this method of prompting new blood vessel growth.
Researchers have developed a bandage that stimulates and directs blood vessel growth on the surface of a wound. The bandage, called a “microvascular stamp,” contains living cells that deliver growth factors to damaged tissues in a defined pattern.


Source: Bioscience Technology | Comments (9)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by ThatAndyGuy 11 years ago
A good idea
Comment icon #2 Posted by Robbie333 11 years ago
This is fantastic for the warriors whom are wounded in battle. Wonderful news, thank you so much.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Neognosis 11 years ago
Can they use it to help me grow wings?
Comment icon #4 Posted by terrible 11 years ago
Many uses, car wrecks, operation recovery. something very good.
Comment icon #5 Posted by xCrimsonx 11 years ago
Burn victims, work place injury, recovery etc quite a milestone for medical science! Well done!
Comment icon #6 Posted by The Unseen 11 years ago
I'm Glad they have it,But to me it came too late,I lost a few friends during the war and I wonder now if they would have been around to join me for Christmas ,Still better late than never,God Bless them.
Comment icon #7 Posted by FidFed 11 years ago
In 1984 a company called Applied Medical Devices came out with a product called THROMB-AID - It was a bandage that prevented bleeding as soon as it was applied to wounds. The THROMB-AID product line was bought out (acquired) then shut down in 1987 after successful trials. As a former soldier I thought that this was a crime and still do. Don't hold your breath that this product will ever make it to the free market.
Comment icon #8 Posted by KERIK182 11 years ago
So how do you support this cause?
Comment icon #9 Posted by puridalan 11 years ago
In 1984 a company called Applied Medical Devices came out with a product called THROMB-AID - It was a bandage that prevented bleeding as soon as it was applied to wounds. The THROMB-AID product line was bought out (acquired) then shut down in 1987 after successful trials. As a former soldier I thought that this was a crime and still do. Don't hold your breath that this product will ever make it to the free market. Agreed one thing I was learning about was antinioplastins in cancer therapy and how they went to court ect and they were trying to sue them even though these people were HIGHLY succe... [More]


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