A plaster made with a protein found in very young skin has been found to speed up wound healing and leave no scars.
The material contains fibronectin, a protein that helps assembly skin tissue during development. In a recent study by Harvard University, mice treated with the fibronectin patch healed on average three days faster compared with mice whose wounds were just covered with a plastic film.
They also had no scarring, reports the journal Biomaterials. Foetal skin is rich in fibronectin but it disappears at birth. The scientists are now developing an artificial version for a plaster.
A plaster made with fibronectin, a protein found in baby skin, speeds up wound healing and doesn’t leave scars (file photo)
Spending more time outdoors is associated with a lower risk of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease. U.S. doctors examined data from around 7,000 people – those who spent the longest time outdoors had the lowest risk of chronic diseases. It’s thought time outdoors is a good indicator of good activity levels and a healthy lifestyle.
Scientists in the UK have developed a helmet that doubles as a brain scanner to better diagnose and treat patients with mental health disorders. It monitors their brain activity as they go about their normal daily tasks and is said to be more sensitive than current brain scans, reports the journal Nature.
The device, developed by Nottingham University and University College London, can take detailed pictures of the wearer’s brain activity while they move about, which makes it more suitable for younger patients who don’t keep still and can reveal how the brain handles social situations.
Currently the main techniques for scanning brains require patients to keep their head still for the sensors to work.
Bizarre injuries your body can inflict on itself. This week: Blowing your nose can break bones
Bones can be broken and muscles torn by blowing one’s nose too vigorously.
In 2003, doctors at Birmingham City Hospital treated a 20-year-old woman who blew her nose so hard it blasted a crack in her orbit – the bony cavity in which the eye sits.
Bones can be broken and muscles torn by blowing one’s nose too vigorously
Become is a range of menopause-friendly underwear that’s designed to help with hot flushes.
The tank tops and knickers are made from moisture-wicking yarns said to have a greater surface area than traditional fibres to distribute heat away from the body. From £19, webecome.co.uk
Pictured on a Barbados beach, Mark Wahlberg looked every inch the Hollywood superhero, proving that at 46 he is as dedicated to the gym as ever.