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Traditional surgical debridement helped reduce wound size for a majority of wound care patients in skilled nursing settings, but it didn't typically lead to full closure, according to a new study in Wounds. Investigators reviewed the charts of 227 patients affiliated with a Los Angeles-based wound care practice. The group had a total of 319 wounds, and 190 of them were treated with weekly debridement. Read More
In a new report, WHO warned of a "serious lack" of new antibiotics in development to address the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. The agency said nine of 11 biologicals in early-stage development target priority pathogens Staphylococcus aureus and P. aeruginosa, but it is unclear if such treatments could serve as real alternatives to antibiotics. Read More
Clinicians are amputating more toes, legs, ankles and feet of patients with diabetes in California - and San Diego County in particular - in a "shocking" trend that has mystified diabetes experts here and across the country. Statewide, lower-limb amputations increased by more than 31 percent from 2010 to 2016 when adjusted for population change. In San Diego County, the increase was more than twice that: 66.4 percent. Read More