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Many of the adhesive products used today are toxic to cells, inflexible when they dry, and do not bind strongly to biological tissue. A team of researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has created a super-strong "tough adhesive" that is biocompatible and binds to tissues with a strength comparable to the body's own resilient cartilage, even when they're wet. Read More
Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is the most severe form of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). It is caused by chronic inflammatory processes associated with atherosclerosis that result in reduced blood flow to the legs, feet and hands. Symptoms include pain or numbness in feet or toes, sores, skin infections will not heal. Treatment goals for CLI include reducing the number of cardiovascular risk factors (such as quitting smoking and reduction of cholesterol), relieving pain, healing ulcers, preventing major amputation, improving quality of life and increasing survival. Read More
A topical gel made from a common type of blood pressure pill may offer a way to speed up healing of chronic skin wounds. The findings in a study with mice and pigs may lead to use of the gel on treatment-resistant skin wounds among diabetics and others, particularly older adults. The FDA has not issued any new drug approval for wound healing in the past 10 years. Read More
For some people, their burn injuries take a long time to heal, as well as there also being a risk of infection. Those with severe burns are particularly vulnerable to sepsis, which is a potentially life-threatening condition triggered by infection. There is increasing evidence that vitamin D has antibacterial properties and can fight infection. Read More