Technology and health seem to always go hand in hand and as technology increases so does our ability to provide better health to all human beings. It seems this year more than any, scientists are working overtime to create more and more devices to help bring better health to people. This new technological breakthrough is no exception to that rule.
So, what is this great new invention you ask? Well it’s antibacterial paper, a paper that is made of graphene to be more exact. The next question you’re probably going to ask is, what makes this so special? To put it simply this new antibacterial paper that was developed by Chinese researchers could allow food wrappers to be able to keep food fresher longer, to make the shoes you own to never stink, and give bandages the built in ability to deter infection without the use of antibacterial ointment. The reason for Graphene as a choice is that this carbon like substance at small amounts turns out to have strong antibacterial qualities to it.
Now you’re probably thinking that this is all well and good and it does help the medical field a great deal, but how exactly do they know it works? The Chinese scientists solved this question when they decided to try to grow both bacteria and human cells on the antibacterial paper. What they found after trying to grow both is that the bacterial substance could not grow, but the human cells remained unchanged or hindered in any way by the material. This means that the body will be able to heal under the bandage while also being able to avoid infection.
Right now there are extra things that individuals can do to prevent infection, but sometimes people are not prepared or they run out and as a result they have to do the best they can with the situation at hand. Having a bandage that allows them to take care of the situation any place at any time means a lot for many people. Not having to worry about the antibacterial extras means that people will have peace of mind and know that what they are using will almost one hundred percent keep out infection and it could change the way we go about many things in life. Antibacterial ointments do work from time to time but some bacteria can counter them and spread regardless and so if this new piece of technology can allow for the prevention of almost all bacteria it would be a major step in the right direction for many reasons.