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June 20, 2017

Researchers Develop New Method to Treat Rare Skin Disease

Research by University of Minnesota doctors is helping patients with a blistering skin condition grow stronger through bone marrow transplants. University researchers have been developing a new method since 2007 to treat Epidermolysis Bullosa, a disorder that causes theskin to tear at the slightest touch. The therapy uses a bone marrow transplant, replacing dysfunctional stem cells in the patient's body with functional ones helping to hold skin tissue together, said Jakub Tolar, the project's lead and the executive vice dean of the University's Medical School.  Read More

Parts Science, Humanity

According to the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, roughly 80% of individuals affected by urinary incontinence can be cured or improved. Yet in their zeal to manage incontinence, many providers unwittingly trade one potential problem for another by relying on medications that pose cognitive risk or poorly made briefs that could contribute to bedsores. But much progress is being made to reduce or even eliminate at least some forms of incontinence that not only could positively impact a facility's bottom line through greater staff efficiencies and reduced liability but also by restoring residents' dignity and independence.  Read More

Health-Related Quality of Life and Sleep Disorders in Patients With a Urostomy: Is There a Relationship?

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and sleep disorders in persons living with a urostomy. Eighty-six adults with a urostomy who were cared for in a stoma outpatient clinic of a hospital in Osaka, Japan, for at least 1 month before data collection, and who were attending support group meetings comprised the sample. The majority of participants were diagnosed with bladder cancer; the median time since ostomy surgery was 3.7 years. Study findings suggest that persons with a urostomy have lower HRQOL and sleep quality than adults in the general population.  Read More  

Week 2 Scleroderma Awareness Month: Patient Profiles 2017, Progress in Medical Research

In relation to the cause of scleroderma, due to the disease belonging to the autoimmune family, research understanding is focused around the immune response with various cytokines (chemical substances) acting as biomarkers. So, in essence, the higher the level of the biomarker, the more aggressive/active the disease. Further studies are required to confirm this understanding more, as well as to identify all biomarkers involved. This approach is very encouraging for determining a speedy timely diagnosis, in the hope to prevent any life-threatening damage, while keeping treatments options available.  Read More