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  • October 17, 2017

    Online Clinical Education: Are you doing all you can to ensure a Culture of Safety within your organization?  Learn how improving vascular access dressing disruption can help reduce the risk of Catheter Related Blood Stream Infections (CRBSI)

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    New Minimally Invasive Treatments for Varicose Veins

    Bulging varicose veins are not only unsightly; they can also be very painful. Today, thanks to new technology, several minimally or noninvasive treatment options are available to treat varicose veins and provide symptom relief. These procedures are as effective as surgical options such as vein stripping, but with a much shorter recovery period, enabling patients to quickly resume their daily activities. Read More

    Analyzing Self-Repairing Tendency of Flax Plants for Developing Innovative Materials

    Researchers from EPFL's Laboratory for Processing of Advanced Composites (LPAC) have investigated how the self-repair nature of the flax plant heals upon being damaged. They evaluated alterations in the mechanical properties of the plant (e.g. damping and stiffness) and investigated the self-healing mechanisms of the plant. Read More

    Palliative Wound Care: A New Frontier

    Those of us who care for patients with pressure ulcers know that some wounds will not heal, and cure is an unrealistic goal. Pressure ulcers can also herald the terminal stage of illness. As the number of people living with chronic illness soars, it is increasingly recognized that there are limited benefits of curative treatment. This is where palliative care offers an alternative to aggressive wound healing interventions by changing to the focus to wound stabilization, symptom management and patient well-being. Read More

    This Student has Invented a new Wound Care Technology

    This year, Karthikeyan, a student in UVA's School of Engineering and Applied Science, will present his invention, Phoenix-Aid - a new type of five-layered wound care technology set to revolutionize how chronic wounds are treated in developing countries and impoverished areas around the world. He knew he wanted to create and market his own invention, and became interested in wound care technologies after the death of a coworker the summer before he came to UV. Read More

  • October 10, 2017

    Online Clinical Education: Are you doing all you can to ensure a Culture of Safety within your organization?  Learn how improving vascular access dressing disruption can help reduce the risk of Catheter Related Blood Stream Infections (CRBSI)

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    Future of Healing: New, Smart Bandage will be Tailored for a Specific Wound

    Scientists have developed a smart bandage that can precisely control the dose and delivery schedule of the medication tailored for a specific type of wound, leading to faster healing. The bandage, developed by researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, consists of electrically conductive fibers coated in a gel. The gel can be individually loaded with infection- fighting antibiotics, tissue-regenerating growth factors, painkillers or other medications, researchers said. Read More

    Using a Smart Socket to Improve Outcomes for Patients with Amputations

    One of the challenges amputees face when obtaining a prosthetic is finding a socket that fits just right. Residual limbs may swell or shrink throughout the day and based on health conditions, requiring the need for adjustments in socket "fit." This may involve a suction device, called vacuum-suspension technology, in the socket. These can be adjustable, to help better allow for fluctuation in limb volume. One such device is the SmartPuck, an "intelligent" socket vacuum option for lower limb sockets. Read More

    Patients with Concurrent Arterial, Venous Disease Challenging to Manage

    Patients with venous leg ulceration often also have peripheral artery disease and, in these cases, aggressive treatment with a focus on wound care is often warranted, according to an expert at VIVA 16. The goals for patients with venous leg ulceration and PAD are to heal the venous leg ulcer, increase the rate of healing and prevent recurrence, while containing costs and improving the patient's quality of life. The prevalence of patients with venous leg ulceration and PAD is unknown, but some studies have estimated that approximately one-third of patients with venous disease also have PAD. Read More

    Molecule Discovery Could Help Treat Diabetic Foot Ulcer

    Researchers have made a discovery involving a molecule which they say could help treat diabetic foot ulcers. The formation of new blood vessels is critical during the body's response to the tissue damage that occurs in foot ulcers, and researchers have strived to understand how a particular molecule, deoxyribose-1-phosphate, works during the process. Now, they have unlocked insights into the molecule and its role within the tissue regenerative process, and the findings could be of significance for people with diabetes. Read More

  • October 3, 2017

    Online Clinical Education: Are you doing all you can to ensure a Culture of Safety within your organization?  Learn how improving vascular access dressing disruption can help reduce the risk of Catheter Related Blood Stream Infections (CRBSI)

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    How Staph Cells Evade the Body's Immune System

    For years, medical investigators have tried and failed to develop vaccines for a type of staph bacteria associated with the deadly superbug MRSA. But a new study by Cedars-Sinai investigators shows how staph cells evade the body's immune system, offering a clearer picture of how a successful vaccine would work. Staph frequently causes skin infections but occasionally can lead to deadly conditions such as sepsis, pneumonia and bloodstream infections, particularly in hospitalized patients whose immune systems could be weakened by illness. Read More

    Wound Care: Patch Could Improve Healing and Reduce Scarring

    Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a new gel patch prototype that could speed up the healing of a skin wound while minimising the formation of scars. The team unveiled the patch today as a proof-of-concept. When fully developed, this healing patch could be a boon for diabetic patients, who suffer from hard-to-heal skin lesions and for patients undergoing surgery. The new patch is unlike other single-purpose patches in the market, which either reduce the scarring or improve healing, but not both. Read More

    Venous Ulcers: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

    Our veins have valves that carry deoxygenated blood from all over the body toward the heart. In case of veinous insufficiency, valves of the leg veins get damaged, which makes for backward flow of blood in the legs. The rise of blood in the legs increases the blood pressure, and thus nutrients and gases are not absorbed by the tissues. Cells in the legs start dying, leading to wound formation. The following things can increase a patient's chances of getting these ulcers.  Read More

    Fibrocell Reports Interim Results of Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of FCX-007 Gene Therapy for Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa

    Fibrocell Science, Inc., a gene therapy company focused on transformational autologous cell-based therapies for skin and connective tissue diseases, today reported interim results in its Phase 1/2 clinical trial of FCX-007 for the treatment of recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB). Three adult non-collagenous (NC)1+ patients have been dosed with a single intradermal injection session of FCX-007 in the margins of and across targeted wounds, as well as in separate intact skin sites. Five wounds were treated on the three subjects, ranging in size from 4.4cm2 to 13.1cm2. Read More

  • September 26, 2017

    Nursing Home Debridement Shows Promise for Wounds

    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

    WHO: 'Serious Lack' of Antibiotics in Development to Address Resistance

    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

    Diabetes-Related Amputations up Significantly in California - and San Diego

    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

  • September 19, 2017

    3-D Printing Materials for Wound Care and Decorative Elements

    Cellulose nanofibrils have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3-D-printing pastes. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a 3-D wound care product for monitoring wound condition in hospital care. However, the first commercial nanocellulose applications will be seen in indoor decoration elements, textiles and the production of mock-ups. Read More

    Hurricane Harvey First Responder Gets Flesh-Eating Bacteria From Texas Storm Water

    A man in Texas says he got infected with flesh-eating bacteria while helping his neighbors in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey last week. At first he wasn't concerned, but when the swelling spread the next morning, Atkins went to Houston Methodist in Sugar Land, according to KPRC, a local news station. The hospital figured out he had flesh-eating bacteria, or necrotizing fasciitis, and quickly prepared him for several surgeries. Read More

    Compression: Answers from the Experts

    Chronic venous disease (CVD) affects more than 10 million men and more than 20 million women in the United States, with some 8 percent experiencing advanced CVD with skin changes and ulceration. Health care professionals make it their goal to prevent skin changes and dangerous ulcers by applying treatments that address edema (swelling) and the body's natural process of releasing fluids, and that help redirect blood flow back toward the heart. Read More

  • September 12, 2017

    3D Printing Accident Leads to Discovery of Bio-Active 'Tissue Paper' for Organ Regeneration

    A remarkable new 3D printing discovery by researchers at Northwestern University has huge potential benefits for the treatment of cancer patients. After a fortuitous accident in a bio-printing lab which led to the creation of a tissue-paper like bio-active material, made of organic tissue, the material has now been produced intentionally in a variety of different forms. As well as stimulating hormone production, the tissue papers are also useful for wound healing. According to Shah, they could provide support and the cell signaling needed to help regenerate tissue to prevent scarring and accelerate healing. Read More

    The Importance of Pain Management in Wound Care

    In the world of wound care, skin and wound nurses are the experts. They are usually asked to consult by physicians and surgeons in managing wounds. Wound clinics may be run by them or in partnership with a physician. Pain is a huge issue in the management of wounds. Entire chapters on pain are included in textbooks on Skin and Wound Care. Pain inhibits wound healing, increases the likelihood of infection, and creates stress and anxiety. This all effects quality of life. This is fact, not opinion. Read More

    Biomedical Engineering Professor Receives $1.7 Million NIH Grant to Continue Wound Healing Research

    Quinn's project will use label-free multiphoton microscopy to quantify and understand these age-related changes within wounds. Multiphoton microscopy enables 3-D imaging of skin metabolism and organization without the use of stains or dyes. This research builds off of the progress that Quinn and his colleagues have made in using multiphoton microscopy to evaluate impaired healing in diabetic wounds. Read More