Bio-bandage speeds healing


A bandage, based on biodegradable polymer and mucins, has been designed to help heal wounds faster in rats. The bandage, developed by researchers at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and the University of Health Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey, can be used in soft-tissue injuries, such as the tongue, or on sensitive surfaces like the intestines. It consists of a biodegradable polymer which makes the thin film stable, and also contains mucins, which have anti-bacterial properties, plus hyaluronic acid which helps in the healing process. Active pharmaceutical ingredients such as antibiotics can also be integrated into the bottom layer. The suitability of the bandage for potential future use with human patients will be examined in additional studies.


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