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The prognosis for people with an infected diabetic foot ulcer is worse than was previously thought, according to new research. More than half the patients in the research study did not see their ulcer heal over a year - and one in seven had to have part or all of their foot amputated. Read More
Impetigo, also known as school sores, is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection that occurs in children far more frequently than adults. It is one of the most common bacterial infections in children aged two to five years. While the infection itself is treatable, if left untreated it can lead to more serious conditions such as cellulitis (infection of the inner layers of skin) or abscess (painful collections of pus that build up under the skin). It can also progress to kidney disease, or it could cause acute rheumatic fever, which can affect the heart, joints, brain or skin. Read More
A medical scanner can assess the severity and depth of wounds in seconds - a task that would take a nurse about half an hour. The Kronikare, as the scanner is called, can also carry out the process with greater accuracy and less pain than if done manually. It uses a smartphone with an off-the-shelf thermal camera to capture the wound, and then interprets it with the help of artificial intelligence. The scanner can determine the size and depth of the wound, the temperature of the affected area and the tissue composition. It can also alert medical staff about any wound complications. Read More
A pediatric infectious disease physician at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, told Infectious Diseases in Children that draining the infection is fundamental to treatment in abscesses, often followed by antibiotic treatment after full drainage has occurred. He added that different antibiotics behave differently when treating soft tissue infections."The most important thing is that Staphylococcus aureus-related skin and soft tissue infections are on the decline," he said. Read More