Scientists make ‘healing super-water’

US scientists have developed “super-oxidised” water which they say speeds up wound healing.

Oculus, the Californian firm which developed the water – made by filtering it through a salt membrane – says it kills viruses, bacteria and fungi.

It is also effective against MRSA and UK trials are being carried out on patients with diabetic foot ulcers, New Scientist magazine reported.

Experts said wound healing was a major problem for people with diabetes.

The key ingredient of the water, called Microcyn, are oxychlorine ions – electrically charged molecules which pierce the cell walls of free-living microbes.

The water can only kill cells it can completely surround so human cells are spared because they are tightly bound together in a matrix.

It is made by taking purified water and passing it through a semi-permeable sodium chloride membrane, which produces the oxychlorine ions.

One study showed that patients with advanced foot ulcers who were treated with the water, alongside an antibiotic had an average healing time of 43 days compared with 55 days in those who received standard treatment

Bleach-resistant bacteria

The results were presented at a Global Healthcare biomedical conference in Monte Carlo.

Bleach also contains a number of electrically charged molecules such as hypochlorite but in much higher concentrations than in the water.

However, US studies have shown the water kills 10 strains of bleach-resistant bacteria.

Professor Andrew Boulton, from Manchester Royal Infirmary, who is conducting one of the early UK trials, said the treatment seemed promising.

“Hopefully it will confirm our initial good experience.”

About 15% of diabetic foot ulcers result in amputation.

Diabetes UK care adviser Tracey Kelly said: “The healing of wounds is a major problem for people with diabetes who do not have good blood glucose control or have circulatory problems.

“We would welcome any safe effective treatment which could help people with diabetes make a swift recovery.

“This research is very interesting and we look forward to the trial results.”

Help the Aged spokesman Mike Foster said: “The team involved is a credible one and wound healing is a major area in the health of older people.

“There is an urgent need to understand the biology of our repair systems so that we can improve treatments that will help to restore more people’s health and independence.”

[Newscientist via BBC]


Handheld Blog? Sony’s 6M digital camera has huge LCD & Wi-Fi

Sony displayed its 6M digital camera ‘CyberShot DSG-G1’ during P&I Show 2007, which adopted extra-fine LCD, Wi-Fi and 2GB built-in memory.

It is possible for up to four camera users of the DSC-G1 to send each other photos in real time and by adopting 2GB built-in memory, it can store up to 7,500 VGA images or 630 6M photos. Photos can be organized by 50 different labels and sorting functionality with which users can manage their images effectively. A company official said that the DSC-G1 could be considered as a ‘handheld blog’.

Pregnant doe becomes impaled on metal fence, dies, baby is born unharmed

An orphan fawn is taking some wobbly steps at a rehabilitation home in central Iowa, an encouraging feat for a newborn that endured a rather unusual birth.

The fawn was born Sunday near a home in Des Moines, the lone survivor of a grisly event that killed its mother and twin when the pregnant doe became impaled on a metal fence.

A homeowner called Des Moines Animal Control to remove the carcass but didn’t realize that one of the twin fawns had dropped out of its mother’s torn abdomen and was still alive, though extremely weak.

“It was pretty terrible,” said Tristin Bauer, Des Moines animal control officer. “It breaks your heart.

“It hadn’t had the nourishment that it was supposed to have when it was born.”

Officials called wildlife rehabilitator Terry Jones, who agreed to bring the fawn to her farmhouse south of Redfield. As the fawn gets stronger, it will go outside and join a squirrel with bad eyesight, some motherless raccoons and a variety of other dependent wildlife.

“This little baby has no idea what he is,” Jones said. “He hasn’t had a chance to know that there is another life other than this.”

For now, the fawn needs a lot of special formula and more time to gain strength. The fawn’s legs are still unsteady, especially the back ones, which seem too long for the thin, frail body.

“He already follows me all around,” Jones said. “Where ever I go he follows me.”

By Wednesday afternoon, the fawn’s instincts were kicking in. After sucking on a bottle for a few minutes, it put its head to the ground as if to graze.

If Jones has opinions about the state’s burgeoning deer population, she keeps them to herself.

“What I do is give them a chance,” she said. “That’s all I do, just give them a chance.”

The fawn was off to a shaky start because it was deprived of colostrum, the first protein-rich fluid produced by the mother just after birth. At her own expense, Jones has been feeding the fawn a nourishing formula.

“We’re hoping this is going to be successful, but you never know,” Jones said. “It’s wildlife. When you put them in a different place it’s hard to know if they are going to make it or not.”

In the meantime, Jones has no plans to name the fawn.

“You just don’t want to get too attached,” she said.

[Via AP]

Samsung’s Ultra slim 8mm-thick mouse

Samsung to present its 8mm thick slim mouse ‘Ultra Slim Mouse8.0’ in Korea market. It is equipped with a wheel that scrolls horizontally and five buttons.