New dressing types are being developed all the time to aid wound care regimens.

Thanks to a bevy of recent technological advancements, researchers can make wound dressings, ointments and other products from many non-traditional ingredients and components. For instance, collagen dressings are made from pig and horse tissue, while alginate is derived from seaweed. Yet research continues upward and onward, and with it comes a slew of exciting new innovations. Here are just a few recent projects that could improve the wound care industry in the years to come:

Fishy new wound cream

As the Sun Daily reported, researchers from the Universiti Sains Malaysia have created a brand new healing cream derived entirely from the Haruan fish. The cream, which the research team calls Mu-Derm, works via angiogenesis, or the creation of new blood vessels. But why use haruan, a fish native to Southeast Asia best known as a delicacy, in a wound care cream? As head researcher Dr. Amin Shah Abdul Majid Malik explained to Sun Daily, haruan contains a series of unique proteins geared toward angiogenesis, and can heal wounds in half the normal time of other creams. A 2014 study published in the journal Biologia noted that haruan has an especially powerful immune system, capable of fighting off infections that are killing other fish in the same regions. When it comes to market, Mu-Derm is expected to be used for patients with sensitive skin and as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Using waste for wound care

According to Statista, the world produces an average of 402.6 metric tons of paper each year. Needless to say the entire planet produces inevitable paper waste, and there is only so much of it that can be recycled. Phys.org reported, a team of scientists at the National University of Singapore have found a novel approach to dealing with paper waste: turn it into multi-purpose, ultra-light super material. The new material involves turning paper waste into green cellulose aerogels, which according to the researchers, is the lightest material known to man. Not only that, but aerogels are cost-effective and much better for the environment. While this new aerogel can clean up oil spills and serve as heat insulation, it can also be compressed to serve as a plug for most wounds, especially those that are life-threatening. In several tests, sponges made from the aerogel were able to stop bleeding in under 20 seconds, which could have huge implications for the emergency medicine sector.

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