Medical research

Successful bladder repair using silk fibroid scaffolds

A team of researchers developed a novel model of partial bladder outlet obstruction (pBOO) in female swine and used this model to show that even after inducing severe urinary outlet resistance and damage to the bladder, they ...

Immunology

Efficient immunotherapy using spider silk

Spider silk guarantees that special pharmaceutical substances can make it to the centre of immune cells and achieve their maximal effect. Together with the company AMSilk, researchers from the University of Bayreuth, the ...

Neuroscience

Silk could be used to repair damaged spinal cords

Modified silk from Asian wild silkworms could be used in a strategy to repair damaged spinal cords, according to scientists from the universities of Aberdeen and Oxford.

Immunology

Children report limited eczema improvement with silk

(HealthDay)—Some children report limited improvement in atopic eczema (AE) as a result of wearing silk garments, but not to the extent the children had hoped for, according to research published online Aug. 30 in the British ...

Surgery

Repairing damaged nerves and tissue with spider threads

The golden orb-weaver spider from Tanzania spins such strong webs that Tanzanian fishermen use them for fishing. Their spider silk is more tear-resistant than nylon and four times more elastic than steel, is heat-stable up ...

Medical research

A soft touch for mending broken bones

Silk is an unlikely substitute for steel in any context, but for bone fractures, it may just be the perfect thing.

Health

Is silk the right road for eczema treatment?

Three hundred children are being recruited for a clinical trial to establish whether or not specialist silk clothing really does help in the treatment of eczema.

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