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Smart bandage will detect infection (looks cool, too)

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Smart bandage will detect infection (looks cool, too)

Bandages are pretty much the definition of curative medicine. You get a cut or an injury, on it goes and you're all set. That's fine and all, but what if bandages did more than treat medical issues; what if they actually prevented them?

That's the promise of the space-agey device you see above. It's a smart bandage with embedded sensors to detect the presence of a common and sometimes fatal bacterial infection.

Ed Goluch, who's an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Boston's Northeastern University, is developing the device and says he's confident it can be mass produced "fairly cheap."

According to Fast Company, "Goluch and graduate student Thad­daeus Web­ster built an electrochemical sensor -- produced with the same technology as computer chips -- that can detect the presence of Pseudomonas aerug­i­nosa, a bacteria that commonly takes advantage of people with compromised immune systems while they’re in the hospital. Left unchecked, it can kill."

Goluch explained to the site, "You would be able to say 'This is starting, even though I don’t show any symptoms yet’ on an open wound and that you need to put on a topical antibiotic or start taking a prescription antibiotic."

Read more about Goluch's smart bandage over on Northeastern's website and take a look at the rest of this week's very impressive list of Things From the Future!

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