There is a connection between your mind and body, and aiding one improves the other.
According to Psychology Today, there is such a thing as a mind-body connection. That is, how you feel or cope mentally can have a lot do with your physical health and wellbeing.
For instance, stress can be a huge influence, and can cause everything from physical pain to issues with your digestive system. That’s why, if you really want to address your physical wellbeing, you’ll take steps to protect and improve your mental health.
Indian scientists have created a mat that can help heal wounds more quickly and even regrow tissue.
While most people assume it’s meant for clothing and other fine garments, silk does actually have a role to play in the greater wound care industry.
This is especially true for Muga silk, which hails from India and is celebrated for both durability and texture. In early 2015, one study from a group in Mumbai found that sutures made from Muga significantly improved wound healing rates in rabbits. Meanwhile, a 2013 study in the journal Advanced Healthcare Materials found that wound dressings composed of a patented silk protein-biomaterial had the same healing effects for laboratory mice.
Today, the use of silk in wound care continues as a team from the Indian Institute of Technology has unveiled a new form of wound dressing that could have some promising results.
Inspired by the comic book character Wolverine, scientists created a new material that can heal on its own in under 24 hours.
While some people might think comic books are a fun distraction, they’ve made a difference in the real world. Case in point: Several noteworthy characters have inspired exciting new developments in the wound care industry. In spring 2016, a team of scientists from the UK used the web-shooter of the iconic Spider-Man as the basis for a gun that can create customizable dressings.
Now, a group of researchers from the University of California, Riverside have found similar inspiration in Wolverine, a mutant hero with claws and powers of regeneration. It’s the latter ability that most interested the team, and as they detail in a new study in the journal Advanced Materials, they’ve created a self-healing material that has multiple purposes.
The material in question is described as an ionic conductor, and is effectively a series of microscopic robots that work in unison. In order to create the material, the UCR team looked not only to Wolverine but also how wounds heal in mammal models. To actually get a material that can heal on its own, the researchers had to make use of what’s called the ion-dipole force. According to Boundless, this phenomenon is an attraction between ions and molecules with two magnetized poles. Even when pulled apart, the ion and molecule are eventually drawn back together.
So just how effective is the material, which is similar in consistency to rubber? It can be stretched up to 50 times without losing its durability. When it’s finally cut or torn, the material will heal in just under 24 hours, and it can be stretched again right after it’s finished healing. It’s worth noting that the material works best at room temperature, and the impact of cold has yet to be fully established.
In an accompanying press release, co-author Chao Wang explained the material had been puzzling the UCR team for several years, as they experienced issues with finding a way to let the material heal on its own. Similar self-healing polymers, for instance, use non-covalent bonds, and these can be affected by electrochemical reactions.
This Wolverine material, however, doesn’t suffer from such laminations, and that will allow it to be used for several functions. While that exact list is still being determined – though use in extending lithium-ion batteries was mentioned – the sky could very well be the limit for this astounding new material.
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The solution involves a special biomaterial that increases skin cell movement on chronic wounds.
Within the human body, there are several crucial cell types that aid in the wound healing process. In recent years, there have been several studies aimed at understanding a fundamental aspect of these cells: how they move. With more thorough knowledge of this basic function, scientists can create more effective wound care regimens.
In spring 2015, a team from Germany found that a special protein they named Merlin aids in the migration of epithelial cells. Then, in October 2016, another research collective from Shanghai noted that receptor molecules allow the immune cells known as neutrophils to travel to wounds sites and fend off invading microorganisms.
Now, a group from the University of Toronto’s engineering department has developed an exciting new way to help skin cells move faster, and that could be a huge breakthrough for diabetics everywhere.
Education is often one of the best tools for a successful wound care regimen.
For the millions of patients worldwide coping with chronic wounds, education is a huge component of their regimen. The proper information and a thorough understanding of the medicine involved can be a huge help in ensuring that wounds heal properly. Part of that education begins with knowing the many, sometimes complicated terms involved within the wound care industry. In the past, we’ve explored several such terms, including those touching on the steps like wound debridement, the many kinds of dressings and much more.