Biofunctional Textiles and the Skin

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Uta-Christina Hipler, Peter Elsner
Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers, Jan 1, 2006 - Design - 204 pages
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In recent years the development of new technologies has permitted the production of 'functional' or 'smart' textiles. These fabrics are capable of sensing changes in environmental conditions or body functions and are adequately responding to them. They are able to absorb substances from the skin or to release therapeutic or cosmetic compounds. For instance, they can be used in underwear with an integrated cardio-online system or as textiles with carrier molecules. The focal point of interest in biofunctional textiles lies currently on the use of textiles supporting therapy and prevention in dermatology. This volume collects information about new trends in the interaction between textiles and the skin, particularly the development of antimicrobial finished textiles. It presents a selection of papers which will contribute to further consolidate the dialogue between dermatologists, allergologists, biomaterial scientists and textile engineers.
 

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Contents

Interactions between Skin and Textiles
1
Interactions between Skin and Biofunctional Metals
17
Efficiency of Biofunctional Textiles
35
Safety Evaluation of Biofunctional Textiles
67
Manufacturing of Biofunctional Textiles
110
Biofunctional Textiles in the Prevention and Treatment of Skin Diseases
127
Author Index
200
Subject Index
201
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