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Burn dressing 'lights up' when it detects dangerous bacteria

A prototype medical dressing that 'lights up' when dangerous bacteria are present has been developed at the University of Bath. The invention means that life-threatening infections in child burn victims could in future be detected with nothing more than a UV light.

The dressing contains nanocapsules filled with fluorescent dye -- the capsules break open in the presence of toxins created by the pathogenic bacteria that cause Toxic Shock Syndrome. Then the dye can be detected with a UV light.

"The clinical problem is that children with severe burns can develop infections without exhibiting the normal signs," project lead Toby Jenkins told Wired.co.uk. "It's difficult to distinguish between a high temperature caused by a serious infection or by other causes."

Each year around 5,000 children in England and Wales are admitted to hospital with serious burns. Toxic Shock Syndrome is particularly dangerous in children under the age of four due to their underdeveloped immune systems.
 
 

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  1. Equally delighted and surprised to see this fantastic work from my old school friend Toby Jenkins appearing on Microbeworld the same day as my Peter Wildy address was reported... What are the chances?
  2. Hi, I am an MBBS doctor from India,new to this site. I was wondering if the product is available for marketing in India? I am a technical consultant for small and medium business companies.Let me know if there is any potential business offer exclusive to India. my address is satishkumar_kanumuri@yahoo.com
  3. Hi, I am an MBBS doctor from India,new to this site. I was wondering if the product is available for marketing in India? I am a technical consultant for small and medium business companies.Let me know if there is any potential business offer exclusive to India. my address is satishkumar_kanumuri@yahoo.com

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