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New gel to heal sinus surgery wounds

from Biomed Middle East

Researchers in New Zealand and Australia have collaborated to develop a new gel to heal wounds after a sinus surgery. Emeritus professor Brian Robinson of the University of Otago's Chemistry Department produced the gel; Professor Peter-John Wormald of the University of Adelaide performed the clinical trials. The gel, derived from a polymer named chitosan extracted from crab-shell and squid, has undergone successful trials over the past four years. It could potentially lead to a reduction in the number of post-operative complications which frequently occur following sinus surgery. Leading United States-based medical technology company Medtronic have purchased the patent for the gel application. more

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