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A remarkable new 3D printing discovery by researchers at Northwestern University has huge potential benefits for the treatment of cancer patients. After a fortuitous accident in a bio-printing lab which led to the creation of a tissue-paper like bio-active material, made of organic tissue, the material has now been produced intentionally in a variety of different forms. As well as stimulating hormone production, the tissue papers are also useful for wound healing. According to Shah, they could provide support and the cell signaling needed to help regenerate tissue to prevent scarring and accelerate healing. Read More
In the world of wound care, skin and wound nurses are the experts. They are usually asked to consult by physicians and surgeons in managing wounds. Wound clinics may be run by them or in partnership with a physician. Pain is a huge issue in the management of wounds. Entire chapters on pain are included in textbooks on Skin and Wound Care. Pain inhibits wound healing, increases the likelihood of infection, and creates stress and anxiety. This all effects quality of life. This is fact, not opinion. Read More
Quinn's project will use label-free multiphoton microscopy to quantify and understand these age-related changes within wounds. Multiphoton microscopy enables 3-D imaging of skin metabolism and organization without the use of stains or dyes. This research builds off of the progress that Quinn and his colleagues have made in using multiphoton microscopy to evaluate impaired healing in diabetic wounds. Read More