8 votes Brazilian doctors use fish skin to treat burn victims Posted March 7 by Kuromantis Tags: medicine, surgery, fish, tilapia, brazil, skin, burns https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-brazil-burns-idUSKBN18L1WH Link information This data is scraped automatically and may be incorrect. Authors Paulo Whitaker, Pablo Garcia Published May 25 2017 Word count 506 words 3 comments Collapse replies Expand all Comments sorted by most votes newest first order posted relevance OK Kuromantis (OP) March 7 Link And it looks like this after they do, apparently. They also have used this for vaginal surgeries for trans people. Scientists at the Federal University of Ceara in northern Brazil have found that tilapia skin has moisture, collagen and disease resistance at levels comparable to human skin, and can aid in healing. In China, researchers have tested tilapia skin on rodents to study its healing properties, but scientists in Brazil say their trials are the first on humans. The tilapia skin is applied directly onto the burned area and covered with a bandage, without the need for any cream. After about 10 days, doctors remove the bandage. The tilapia skin, which has dried out and loosened from the burn, can be peeled away. And it looks like this after they do, apparently. Morais said that the tilapia skin treatment costs 75 percent less than the sulfadiazine cream typically used on burn patients in Brazil, as it is a cheap fish-farming waste product. They also have used this for vaginal surgeries for trans people. 4 votes crdpa March 7 Link That's what you get when you put money on education and research. Something our country does less and less. Brazil has a lot of potential. It's a shame that it's collapsing. That's what you get when you put money on education and research. Something our country does less and less. Brazil has a lot of potential. It's a shame that it's collapsing. 1 vote mrbig March 7 (edited March 7) Link This reminds me of maggot therapy. This reminds me of maggot therapy.