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YOUNG SCIENTISTS FIND COLLOIDAL SILVER WORKS TO KEEP CHRONIC WOUNDS FROM INFECTION
Nowadays silver gets a lot of positive press. Here then are some brief excerpts from relatively positive news articles in the world press over the past few years.
- Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:
“A team of young scientists is taking its wound-care research project to Washington, D.C. Team Silver Bullet is a national finalist in the 2016 eCYBERMISSION STEM program, sponsored by the US Army. The group of incoming eighth-graders already advanced through a regional competition to represent Texas and a large portion of the country. That means an initial pool of 17,000 students is down to just five teams – including Whiteface’s – from across the nation.
Kaden and teammates Blade Henry, Kaylah Deavours and Elizabeth Casarez, all 13, studied treatment of chronic wounds in the age of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Their solution: Silver. They’re looking for alternatives to traditional antibiotics, which are being overused,” said Laura Wilbanks, faculty sponsor.
Some of the patients most likely to benefit are diabetics, they said. “Sometimes when people have diabetes, if they get a wound it’s harder to feel it because the blood sugar numbs it,” said Blade, who has a family member with the disease. Not noticing a wound means delaying treatment, which can increase the risk for infection.
The project involved preparing petri dishes with nutrient agar, a medium that supports the growth of organisms. The test subject was bacteria. “It feeds bacteria so bacteria can grow on it and you can test different things to keep bacteria in control,” Kaylah said.
Of the four medical treatments they tested, the most effective proved to be colloidal silver, a product that contains silver particles suspended in liquid. “It can break down the biofilms so medicine can get through,” Blade said. Kaylah chimed in, “Without hurting exterior skin.” She then explained, “It has anti-microbial properties, which is the ability to fight off bad bacteria.”
Team Silver Bullet recommends injecting colloidal silver into a bandage, then using it to cover a wound. Elizabeth summarized the group’s real-world findings: “I learned from this experiment that antibiotics don’t always work, so colloidal silver could be a really good thing for chronic wounds.”
— Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, “Whiteface Young Scientists to Present Medical Research in National Contest,” June 20, 2016
Above are some of the positive news articles in the world press regarding the oftentimes astonishing healing and infection-fighting properties of antimicrobial silver. We hope you find it helpful.