Tests on diabetic animal models conducted at Rice University showed an injectable hydrogel significantly accelerated wound healing compared with another hydrogel often used in clinics. The multidomain peptide (MDP) hydrogel known by its amino acid sequence – K2(SL)6K2 – has in a recent study proven useful for the timed release of immunotherapy drugs. It has… Read more

Researchers in China have recently developed a new wound dressing that has the ability to improve the healing of open wounds. The group developed the dressing using an extract from konjac, a plant native to eastern Asia, and incorporated silver nanoparticles within it. When tested in rabbits, the researchers found that the dressing accelerated healing… Read more

A smart bandage that could someday heal chronic wounds or battlefield injuries faster has been designed by researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Harvard Medical School and MIT. The device is made up of electrically conductive fibers coated in a gel that can be individually filled with infection-fighting antibiotics, tissue-regenerating growth factors, painkillers or other… Read more

A technique using mild electric current to take on and beat drug-resistant bacterial infections has been developed by researchers at Washington State University. The technology could eventually be used to treat chronic wound infections. The research team, led by Haluk Beyenal, Professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, used… Read more

Cleaning wounds before surgery with soap and water is actually less effective than using saline water, report researchers. The findings could lead to significant cost savings, particularly in developing countries where open fractures are particularly common. As part of the study, 2,400 people with open arm or leg fractures had their wounds cleaned with either… Read more