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New Bandage Can Actually Treat Infection

While we all know that a kiss and a Band-Aid could usually cure our tears, it didn't really make our injuries go away. But what if it could?

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Did you ever have a boo-boo when you were a kid?

Did you ever have a boo-boo when you were a kid? Well, while we all know that a kiss and a Band-Aid could usually cure our tears, it didn’t really make our injuries go away.

But what if it could?

Scientists have developed a new bandage that can actually detect and destroy bacteria that causes infection. This can be particularly helpful for treating burn victims.

This super bandage has nano-engineering to thank: it allows the affected area to come in to contact with nanocapsules charged with antibiotics, which change colors in the presence of infection.

Read More:

  • Nanoparticle Bandages Could Detect and Treat Infection (NewScientist)
  • Bath Uni Developing New Bandage to Help Fight Infection (BBCNews)

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Molly Plunkett

is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for A Moment of Science. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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