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April 3, 2018

Nanofiber Dressings Accelerate Healing

A new wound dressing that can accelerate healing and improve tissue regeneration has been developed by researchers which draws inspiration from animals and plants to restore tissue. Two different types of nanofiber dressing have been developed using naturally occurring proteins from animals and plants to regrow tissue and promote healing by researchers at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering Harvard John A. Paulson SEAS, as published separately in Biomaterials which describes wound tissue inspired by fetal tissue, and Advanced Healthcare Materials which describes soy based nanofibers that promotes and enhances wound healing. Read More

Failure To Save A Child In Wartime Inspires Wound-Healing Tech

"I couldn't save that kid," he says. "But that doesn't mean there's not something I could do." So Parker assembled a team of young scientists. Their job: Find a better way to heal burns and other wounds. The team focused on a discovery made in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when surgeons began correcting birth defects in babies still in the womb. After these babies were born, doctors took a close look at the sites where incisions had been made. "And they realized that they typically healed with a lot less [scarring] or, in some cases, without any scars at all." Read More

Set Clear Rules to Stop bad Behavior That Worsens Morale

Yelling. Screaming. Swearing. Angry outbursts. Negative or demeaning comments about patients, physicians or other health professionals. These are all examples of disruptive behavior that can impede high-quality care and contribute to low morale in health care organizations. And they may also be a manifestation of physician burnout and a signal that systemic change to restore joy in practice is needed. Read More

Harvard’s New Skin-Style Bandages Heal Wounds at an Accelerated Rate

A team of researchers at Harvard University have developed two novel nanofiber wound dressings which are able to rapidly accelerate the healing process, as well as improve tissue regeneration. Described in separate academic papers, the new bandages use proteins which are found naturally occurring in plants and animals to promote enhanced healing. “In these papers, two novel fibrous materials were developed and specifically tailored to applications in the field of regenerative medicine, one was produced from soy protein that contains several human peptide analogs, critical in regulating wound closure, while the other was manufactured from a protein called fibronectin that is believed to play a crucial role in regeneration.” Read More