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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Researchers from both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have been studying any unusual animal to help them find stronger adhesives for medical use. However, one immediate discovery in their research may help bring a sense of calm to those who dread going to the doctor and receiving a shot.

Porcupines carry around roughly 30,000 quills on their backs to help protect themselves in the wild. While you and I may want to stay as far away from the cute little guys as possible, these researchers are studying the animal's quills in an attempt to find out why once they go in, they're so hard to remove.

Those conducting the study found that a porcupine's quill enters the skin and tears through the muscle with 60 to 70 percent less force than a traditional medical needle. That means there's a whole lot less pain for a patient.

Meanwhile, they also discovered that using the quills on one side of an adhesive bandage required 30 times more energy to remove than a bandage without the quills. This means that bandages used after major surgeries, including gastric bypass could eventually become way more effective. When a wound is not covered properly and is allowed to leak, infection can become a serious problem. Stronger adhesive bandages that bond to the skin more efficiently will help tremendously.

You never know from where the next medical break through is going to come!

Information from this blog post came from: Medical News Today


by: DME Supply Group


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