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Tilapia Skin Burn Bandage

Tilapia skin is a frugal and effective option to treat patients with second- and third-degree burns. This fish skin contains large amounts of moisture and type I collagen proteins at levels comparable to human skin. This prevents scarring while promoting the healing of wounds. The tilapia skin is processed and sterilized, and it has been successfully used as bandages to treat patients with second-degree burn wounds. It cuts down healing time by up to several days and reduces the use of pain medication. Tilapia skin is more resistant than pig skin, rendering it a better option and also withstands mechanical stress, such as stretching. It has been shown to be as good as human donor skin. The cost of the treatment is reduced by more than 60%, as it costs 75 cents less than traditional bandages per application.

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2020

Unheeded Warnings Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change on Communicable Diseases

Jeremy Hess, Rachel Lowe, Muna Al Maslamani, Laura-Lee Boodram, Anna Stewart Ibarra, Judith Wasserheit

With the emergent threat of COVID-19, this report focuses on threatening diseases that are a by-product of climate change and what type of policy measures should be intact to deal with this head-on.