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Adhesive Bandages

From compression wraps around your ankle to waterproof Band-Aids for your fingers, all types of bandages are used to prevent infection and speed healing.

Discover the "bloody history" of adhesive bandages. Take a look at recent — and pretty incredible — scientific breakthroughs. And see how billions of bandages are produced each year.

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Color-Changing Bandage

Color-Changing Bandage

Forget mood rings. Researches hope to use this heat-sensing, color-changing fiber to create "smart bandages" that identify early infections and other healing problems. More...

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Gizmag
A Tall Order

A Tall Order

As we age, veins often have trouble keeping blood moving in the right direction, which can cause problems. A treatment came from studying giraffes, which have skin that functions like a compression bandage. More...

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3M
‘Liquid Bandages’ Could Help Re-Grow Skin, Save Lives

‘Liquid Bandages’ Could Help Re-Grow Skin, Save Lives

Take a look at a promising new liquid bandage. Made from a sugar polymer, it may one day help people who've suffered serious burns grow new skin. More...

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PBS NewsHour
A Penny for Your Health?

A Penny for Your Health?

Could pennies prevent infection? Two competitors at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair think that using copper in bandages may kill the deadly bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. More...

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Science News for Students
Skin Science

Skin Science

Meet Steve Kantner, who leads a laboratory focused on skin health. His team is creating breathable bandages that seal out water, dirt, and germs. More...

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3M
The Truly Bloody History: A Band-Aid Love Story

The Truly Bloody History: A Band-Aid Love Story

Meet Earle Dickson, a newlywed who invented the first adhesive bandages for his kitchen-challenged wife in 1920. More...

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Stuff of Genius
Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt

Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt

Rather than for healing wounds, ancient Egyptians used linen bandages in their burial process. Explore the science of mummification. More...

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Smithsonian
First Aid Guide for Dressings and Bandages

First Aid Guide for Dressings and Bandages

Find out how to choose the best bandages and dressings to protect wounds, prevent infections, and allow healing. More...

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St. John
Smart Bandage Kills Only Bad Bacteria

Smart Bandage Kills Only Bad Bacteria

When we try to kill off bad bacteria, we usually eliminate good bacteria, too. Not here. Scientists are engineering a "smart bandage" that targets just the bad. More...

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HowStuffWorks
Smart Bandages Grow Blood Vessels

Smart Bandages Grow Blood Vessels

What do 3D printers and chicken embryos have in common? They're used in new bandages that stimulate and direct the growth of blood vessels. Get the details. More...

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Inside Science
Stickiness Goes to the Next Level

Stickiness Goes to the Next Level

Spider-Man might be a misnomer; geckos could be the superheroes of the animal world. Discover why uncovering the source of the gecko's climbing ability could improve the traditional bandage. More...

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BBC

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