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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

The new gad­get – which looks like a clear stick­ing plas­ter – houses both heat- and pH- de­tect­ing sen­sors and also con­tains a dose of ther­mally-ac­ti­vated medicine. In­fected wounds and burns gen­er­ate higher tem­per­a­tures and pH lev­els than healthy skin, so as soon as the sen­sors no­tice any­thing out of the norm, they send drug-re­leas­ing mi­crobeads straight to the area. Al­though the in­no­va­tive tech is still await­ing clin­i­cal tri­als, re­searchers at Tufts Univer­sity in the US are hope­ful it will help put an end to in­fec­tions and am­pu­ta­tions in peo­ple with chronic skin wounds.

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