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A Seaside City In Brazil Is Turning Tilapia Skin Into A Potential Medical Breakthrough

Doctors in Fortaleza, Brazil have a new and unusual method for treating burn victims: tilapia skin. It isn’t quite mainstream yet and is still being tested, but according to this video from STAT, patients and doctors are already promoting the new procedure.

Tilapia skin is abundant in Fortaleza, a beachside town in northeast Brazil. According to the STAT video, there’s so much tilapia skin that it has long been seen as waste. Thanks to a few creative doctors and brave patients, the skin is now improving the lives of those it touches.

Tilapia skin just might be the next big thing when it comes to healing burn victims.

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“It blocks outside contamination, it prevents the loss of moisture and proteins from the wound, and it stays bonded to the bed of the wound until it heals over,” Dr. Edmar Maciel told STAT. “It’s the first aquatic animal skin in the world to be tested on burn patients.”

The procedure is technically in the clinical trial phase, but doctors have liked the results so far.

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“We got a great surprise when we saw that the amount of collagen proteins types 1 and 3 which are very important for scarring, exist in large quantities in tilapia skin, even more than in human skin and other skins,” Maciel told PBS NewsHour. “Another factor we discovered is that the amount of tension and resistance in tilapia skin is much greater than in human skin. Also the amount of moisture.”

One of the greatest benefits of the tilapia skin is that it can stay on for the duration of the healing process.

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The tilapia skin is breathable enough that the skin doesn’t have to be removed for the length of the recovery. This is a significant advantage when compared to the traditional bandage and cream that have to be redressed daily which can be painful for the patient.

And, no. It doesn’t smell.

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Before being used as a bandage, the tilapia skin is sterilized, cleaned with an antiseptic and sent off for radiosterilization to ensure that it’s is immune from virus and infection.

Watch the full video by STAT below.

Can tilapia skin be used to bandage burns?Doctors in Brazil are testing the skin of the fish tilapia as a bandage for second- and third-degree burns — a innovation that arose from an unmet need. Read the story: https://www.statnews.com/2017/03/02/brazil-tilapia-skin-burns/

Posted by STAT on Thursday, March 2, 2017


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This Brazilian Mother And Daughter Share A Rare Beauty Mark In The Form Of White Locks

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This Brazilian Mother And Daughter Share A Rare Beauty Mark In The Form Of White Locks

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It’s not every day that we get to see beauty this rare or so brightly celebrated.

Two-year-old Mayah and her daughter Talyta Youssef Aziz Vieira both share a rare genetic condition that means they have a white forelock that makes them look like X-men’s Rogue. Now, their unique traits are going viral and being celebrated on social media.

The mother and daughter pair both have white streaks in their hair due to a genetic condition called Piebaldism.

Talyta, who is from Jericoacoara, Brazil gave birth to daughter Mayah in 2018. According to Daily Mail, the mother was not at all surprised to find out that the two shared the rare trait that gives them two different hair colors. According to Talyta, the genetic condition was passed on to her grandfather, mother, aunt, and cousins, all of whom were born with piebaldism. The genetic condition is characterized by the absence of cells called melanocytes in particular regions of the skin and hair.

According to Talyta’s Instagram page, the young mother said that in her younger years she attempted to hide the white streaks in her hair.

Soon enough, and fortunately, Talyta came to appreciate the trait. Even better? The mother says her daughter has fully embraced her hair mark and enjoys dressing up as Disney character Cruella de Vil while the two watch 101 Dalmatians together.

According to Daily Mail, Talyta says “Piebaldism runs in our family so we knew there was a high probability that Mayah would also have it… From the moment she was born, Mayah had so many white hairs on the front of her head. My doula posted a picture on social media and days later, we were invited by a photographer to do a photo shoot.”

It didn’t take long for the pictures to go viral online.

“I tried to hide my white hair until my twenties. I’d hide it behind other strands – worried that people would bully me,” Taylta explained “I soon realized though that I was unique and special. I want to set that example for Mayah. People always stop us to say how special she is.”

Fortunately, Mayah will have a chance to see someone who looks like her on the big screen soon.

While Mayah’s features have been compared to Rogue from X-Men and Anna from Frozen, the little girl will get a chance to see Cruella in Disney’s soon to be released feature about the villain.

‘That’s when I thought it would be a lovely idea for us to dress up together as those characters. I want Mayah to have fun memories about the way she looks,” Taylta explained about her images of her daughter on Instagram “I want her to embrace being a superhero. Other people who are different have reached out to us thanking us for helping them accept themselves. It’s so sad that people have hid themselves away. We don’t need to be the same to be beautiful. Everyone has a heart inside to accept and love. We are living in a time of knowledge and transformation. Let’s embrace what makes us different.”

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A Brazilian Photographer Is Documenting Indigenous Tribes In The Amazon

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A Brazilian Photographer Is Documenting Indigenous Tribes In The Amazon

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Indigenous tribes are the most important connection between man and nature. These tribes have lived off the land before modern society and many have never interacted with modern society. Ricardo Stuckert is going through and documenting the indigenous Amazonian tribes in Brazil.

Ricardo Stuckert is photographing indigenous tribespeople in the Brazilian Amazon.

The indigenous community is something sacred that most people agrees should be protected. They are more connected to the land than we are. Their customs and traditions are more ingrained in this world than ours are and it is so important to protect them.

The indigenous community of Brazil has been subjected to horrible attacks and conditions from the Brazilian government.

One of the most widespread attacks against the indigenous Brazilians living in the Amazon has been for the land. President Jair Bolsonaro has tried to take land away from the indigenous communities to allow for logging and mining. A bill he sent to the congress sought to exploit the land for commercial purposes, even legalizing some of the attacks we have seen on indigenous people since President Bolsonaro took power.

Stuckert wants to preserve the indigenous culture and customs through photos.

“I think it is important to disseminate Brazilian culture and show the way that native peoples live today,” Stuckert told DailyMail. “In 1997, I started to photograph the Amazon and had my first contact with the native people of Brazil. Since then, I have tried to show the diversity and plurality of indigenous culture, as well as emphasize the importance of the Indians as guardians of the forest. There are young people who are being born who have never seen or will see an Indian in their lives.”

The photographer believes that using photography is the best way to share culture.

“I think that photography has this power to transpose a culture like this to thousands of people,” Stuckert told DailyMail. “The importance of documentary photojournalism is to undo stigmas and propagate a culture that is being lost. We need to show the importance of indigenous people to the world, for the protection of our forests.”

You can see all of Stuckert’s photos on his Instagram.

Stuckert’s work to documented the indigenous community is giving people an insight into a life many never see. Brazil is home to about 210 million people with around 1 million having indigenous heritage. The diverse indigenous community of Brazil is something important to showcase and that’s what Stuckert is doing.

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