What do Iceland, codfish, and East Liverpool City Hospital all have in
common? Two Ohio Valley men have that answer.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been known to improve a person's hair, skin,
and even reduce the risk of heart disease -- but representatives from
East Liverpool City Hospital have learned about some more benefits they can have.
a week-long trip to Iceland, Rick Perez of East Liverpool and Jim Emmerling of Steubenville worked
with Kerecis -- a company that Perez says is changing the wound-care treatment
process. The group travelled to the fjords, spent time in the North Atlantic
catching cod, and analyzed the effects that cod can have on a human's wounds.
Kerecis has created a product called Kerecis Omega-3, an advanced biotechnology
that can convert a body's cells into living tissue. This helps wounds
close at much faster rates.
Where do the cod come into play? The product is made from intact skin that
comes right off of the cod they caught in the North Atlantic. On top of
that, this process is done while sustaining the ecology of the region.
Back home, this treatment is already being put into practice. In fact,
East Liverpool City Hospital is in the midst of a two-year agreement with
Kerecis, making the hospital the only medical facility within a 48.5-mile
radius to facilitate the procedure.
When Perez and Emmerling return home, 7News will provide a further update
on their research trip.