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  • January 31, 2017

    Dermatology Stalemate Shows Risks for Patients 

    A months-long stalemate in talks over a new deal between Wayne State University's physician group for dermatologist coverage at Detroit Medical Center hospitals led to a shortfall in the specialists to check out patients' unusual and sometimes life-threatening skin conditions, according to multiple sources. Lack of dermatology consultations - as is true for many other such specialties as neurology, psychiatry and nephrology and is especially acute for Medicaid and uninsured patients - can lead to life-threatening conditions or result in emergency hospitalizations that unnecessarily increase health care costs. Read More

    Calciphylaxis Linked to Low Vitamin K

    Vitamin K deficiency may have a role in the development of calciphylaxis, a rare but frequently fatal condition in dialysis patients, according to newly published study findings. Calciphylaxis is a devastating disease with limited understanding of its pathogenesis and no effective treatment," Dr Nigwekar told Renal & Urology News. "Our present study links vitamin K deficiency with the development of calciphylaxis. This study also identifies matrix gla protein, a vitamin K dependent protein, as a target for future strategies to prevent and/or treat calciphylaxis. Read More

    Ask the Treatment Expert About ... Pressure Injury Assessments  

    Pressure injury risk assessments will assist with patient-centered care planning, improve care plans, provide information related to discharge planning, and, of course, address resident rights. Facility staff should take into account the mobility status of each resident on admission and at specified intervals thereafter, according to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. Residents who are admitted unable to walk or requiring assistance to transfer, such as bedfast or chairfast, should be considered at risk for pressure injury and will require a pressure injury prevention focus with care planning. Staff should be informed of residents' mobility status immediately after admission. Read More

     

  • January 24, 2017

    Necrotizing Fasciitis: A Profound Mystery In Medical Microbiology 

    Necrotizing fasciitis, which literally translated means "inflammation of the fascia (connective tissue) causing cell death," is the proper medical term for what is colloquially known as "flesh-eating" disease. The most recent case that made national headlines involved a man who died four days after becoming infected with the ocean-dwelling microbe Vibrio vulnificus. Read More

    Burn Wound Healing: Present Concepts, Treatment Strategies and Future Directions

    Burns are the most extensive forms of soft tissue injuries occasionally resulting in extensive and deep wounds and death. Burns can lead to severe mental and emotional distress, because of excessive scarring and skin contractures. Treatment of burns has always been a difficult medical problem and many different methods have been used to treat such injuries, locally.  Read More

    Space-Age Challenge: Healing Broken Bones, Wounds and Internal Organs  

    Ronke Olabisi, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and her lab focus on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to replace or repair bone, skin, muscle and the retina.  Read More

     

  • January 16, 2017

    Can a Gel Made With Your Own Blood Heal Chronic Leg Wounds? Patients' Own DNA Can Help Kick-Start Repair Mechanisms In The Body 

    A gel made from a cocktail of the patient's own blood and vitamin C offers a new way to treat chronic wounds. The mixture is thought to kick-start a patient's own repair mechanisms and close wounds that have failed to heal for months or even years. Initial results suggest nine out of ten wounds that hadn't healed for nearly a year responded to the new gel. Sixty-six patients with diabetic foot ulcers are now taking part in an NHS trial to test the treatment's effectiveness. Read More

    New App Helps Improve Wound Care With a Mobile Twist

    Wounds, whether resulting from falls, pressure ulcers, or other causes, represent one of the most litigated care issues in long-term care facilities. Additionally, wound care presents complex coding and documentation issues, which can directly impact reimbursement for services provided. To help long-term care facilities improve wound care quality through consistent documentation and overall trend analytics, PointClickCare launched its Skin and Wound™ mobile app.  Read More

    Penn Dermatologists Discover Unlikely Source to Prevent Scarring in Wounds  

    Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine have broken ground on a promising new treatment method that could vastly improve the way our wounds heal and minimize the appearance of visible scars. Read More

     

  • January 10, 2017

    Antibiotic Spider Silk for Drug Delivery, Regenerative Medicine and Wound Healing 

    After five years' work an interdisciplinary team of scientists at The University of Nottingham has developed a technique to produce chemically functionalised spider silk that can be tailored to applications used in drug delivery, regenerative medicine and wound healing.  Read More

    Self-Healing, Transparent, Highly Stretchable Material that can be Electrically Activated, Inspired by Wolverine

    This project combines research done in the ionic conductors and self-healing materials fields. Ionic conductors play a key role in solar energy conversion, energy storage, electronic devices and sensors. Self-healing materials are inspired by wound healing in nature and repair damage caused by wear, thus extending the lifetime and lower the cost of devices and materials. Read More

    Using Fat to Help Wounds Heal Without Scars  

    Doctors have found a way to manipulate wounds to heal as regenerated skin rather than scar tissue. The method involves transforming the most common type of cells found in wounds into fat cells -- something that was previously thought to be impossible in humans. Read More

     

  • December 28, 2016

    Advances In Medical Textile Applications 

    Wovens, knits and nonwovens all find applications in medical products. Read More

    Scientists Create Transparent, Self-Healing, Highly Stretchable Conductive Material

    Scientists, including several from the University of California, Riverside, have developed a transparent, self-healing, highly stretchable conductive material that can be electrically activated to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices, and robots.  Read More

    Integrated Wound Care Program Resulted in Decreased Costs, Length of Stay  

    A case study of an innovative model for wound care suggested that an integrated approach to healing wounds could result in decreased costs of care and length of hospital stay. Read More

     

  • December 19, 2016

    Healogics Presents Early Results from Integrated Wound Care Community Model 

    Healogics, the nation's largest provider of advanced outpatient wound care services and an expert in chronic wound healing, unveiled its new model for integrated wound care at the American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (ACWHTR) conference in Chicago on Dec. 1. ACWHTR is a non-profit organization committed to advancing the field of wound care through education, research and advocacy. Read More

    Diabetics Warned to Take Care With Holiday Meal Planning

    Choosing the right foods to eat during the holidays is important for everyone, but especially for people with diabetes. "Diabetes is a chronic condition that causes a person's blood glucose or sugar levels to rise higher than normal," said Dawn Thomas, RN, BSN, program director of Salem Regional Medical Center's (SRMC) Wound Healing Center. "For individuals with diabetes, healthy eating is essential to regulating blood sugar levels. It can also reduce the risk of complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, infections and the development of chronic wounds, especially on the feet." Read More

    Decreased Rates of Pressure Injuries Linked to Better Preventive Care  

    Rates of new pressure injuries in U.S. hospitals and other acute care settings have decreased by about half over the past decade, according to national survey data. Read More