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Treating Burns With Sterilized Fish Skin Is Incredibly Effective

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This is not a scene from "Creature From The Black Lagoon." Hospitals in Brazil are using sterilized tilapia skin to treat burns, and it's seriously effective. The fish skin can reportedly heal the burn wounds faster, and with less pain. Who could say no to that? Big problems with treating burns include having to constantly replace bandages and doing so without welcoming infection. Luckily, specially treated fish skins can solve for both problems at once. Say what you will about what it looks like, but this is a medical breakthrough.

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