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March 20, 2018

Harlequin Ichthyosis Congenital Skin Condition

Harlequin Ichthyosis is a rare, congenital skin condition. It affects the skin over almost the whole body of an infant, and carries a high risk of neonatal death due to severe and life-threatening infection. The incidence of the condition is about one in every 500,000 people. Both males and females are affected equally. The disease is caused by a mutation of the ABCA12 gene. This gene helps to direct the production of the ABCA12 protein involved in transporting fats within the epidermis, which is essential for normal skin synthesis. Read More

Systemic Conditions That can Affect Skin

It is important to remember that the skin can act as a window to a patient’s general health and that changes in the skin can signal underlying disease.A physician writing in the journal Medicine, says it is incumbent upon dermatologists to conduct a thorough examination of the skin, nails, mucosal surfaces, and hair so as to not overlook clues that might help arrive at a diagnosis of a systemic condition. A consultant dermatologist at St. George’s NHS University Hospital Trust in London, outlines systemic conditions that can affect the skin. Dr. Lamb stresses that by looking at the skin and noticing any changes in the skin, clinicians can potentially identify a condition that has remained undiagnosed.  Read More

Call to Empower Care Staff in Monitoring Skin Integrity

Care workers are critical to preventing wounds among aged care residents and they need to be empowered to act, says an aged care wounds specialist. The usual strategy in aged care is to have care workers provide the basics, such as showering or assisting with meals, but they have a key role to play in wound prevention, said Hayley Puckeridge, Uniting wound clinical nurse consultant. She called on aged care organizations to empower their care staff because they are critical to observing skin integrity issues as they saw residents at their most vulnerable including when naked. Read More

Drawing Inspiration from Plants and Animals to Restore Tissue

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed new wound dressings that dramatically accelerate healing and improve tissue regeneration. The two different types of nanofiber dressings, described in separate papers, use naturally-occurring proteins in plants and animals to promote healing and regrow tissue. The most recent paper, published in Biomaterials, describes a wound dressing inspired by fetal tissue.  Read More