As a multifaceted organ, skin provides the body with protection from infection and the environment, as well as sensory capabilities.
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Skin is the body’s largest organ and first line of defence against disease and injury. Researchers have been working to unlock skin’s secrets so as to help heal, treat and mimic this essential barrier.
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The skin is the body’s largest organ and has several, diverse functions. As well as being a physical barrier, it has immune and sensory properties.
Skin regeneration is impeded by a host of factors. Working out the part played by each could lead to fresh approaches to treating burns and scars.
Pollutants in the environment cause more harm than once thought, with effects that can range from irritating to deadly.
Each person’s skin carries a unique population of microbes that might help to protect skin from infection, or increase its vulnerability.
The innovation process in pharmaceutical research is continuously evolving. In the past, companies used to work in a closed model where new ideas and knowledge came mainly within house. This model is no longer sustainable and the pharmaceutical industry is increasingly opening up the innovation model.
Eating well could be better for skin health than applying lotions and potions. But which vitamins and nutrients will yield the healthiest glow?
Skin-like electronics that stretch and sense will create a way to monitor vital signals and build prosthetics with a sense of touch.
Clinicians and researchers must learn to talk about and treat the skin condition without alienating a growing chorus of advocates, says John Harris.
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