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  • April 12, 2017

    Fast Facts for the Frontline: Ostomy Care 

    A normal stoma is pink to red and should be moist. New stomas will be inflamed, but will shrink to a much smaller size over several weeks. The stoma is highly vascularized and may bleed if rubbed too vigorously; however, it doesn't have any nerve endings, so the patient may not realize that trauma is occurring. As food moves through the GI tract, nutrients and moisture are extracted. Therefore, output from an ileostomy will contain more liquid, and output from a colostomy will be more formed and contain less moisture. Read More

    Ask the Treatment Expert: Diabetic Foot Ulcers

    Diabetic foot ulcers usually are located on weight-bearing plantar surfaces, the medial surface of the metatarsophalangeal joint, the lateral aspect of the fifth metatarsophalangeal joint, or the tips of the toes. It is very important to provide a management program that treats the underlying disease process, addresses factors to promote blood flow, offloads pressure-affected areas, and provides infection prevention.  Read More

    Cost Effectiveness of Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers

    According to the ADA, treatment of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) along with associated infections, below the knee amputations, and surgeries to revascularize the lower limbs account for a significant portion of the costs incurred in the treatment of diabetes. Yet with the frequency of occurrence of these complications, there are very few studies that drive the paradigm toward either primary prevention (avoiding DFUs entirely) or secondary/tertiary measures (efficient treatment of DFUs in those who are not aware [secondary]/are aware [tertiary] of diabetic ulcers). Read More

    Dragon Blood May Help Wounds Heal Faster

    According to a paper published today in Biofilms and Microbiomes, a peptide that mimics a molecule found in dragon blood may slay bacteria, helping wounds heal faster. Researchers tested the compound in mice with skin lesions, and found the dragon-derived treatment helped the wounds close up faster. If the treatment proves successful in human trials, it may one day provide a new weapon in the battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are starting to become deadly, as well as biofilms-tough clumps of bacteria that are often impervious to antibiotics. Read More

     

  • April 5, 2017

    Hospitals With Certified WOC Nurses Have Lower Rates of Pressure Injuries 

    Hospitals that employ nurses who have specialty certification in wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) care have lower rates of hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs), reports a study in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. The reduction in HAPIs at hospitals with WOC-certified nurses is accompanied by better pressure injury risk assessment and prevention practices. The findings also suggest that nearly two-thirds of US hospitals do not employ nurses with WOC specialty certification.  Read More

    Heart Tissue Grown on Spinach Leaves

    Researchers face a fundamental challenge as they seek to scale up human tissue regeneration from small lab samples to full-size tissues and organs: how to establish a vascular system that delivers blood deep into the developing tissue. Researchers have now successfully turned to plants, culturing beating human heart cells on spinach leaves that were stripped of plant cells.  Read More

    Chronic Wounds Heal Faster in Opioid-Naive Patients

    The rate of chronic wound healing is inversely related to opioid use, according to an online study."Chronic wounds are often very painful, clinically, we had noticed that as patients transition into the healing phase, their pain significantly improved. We wanted to better understand this relationship, and to investigate whether more aggressive pain management-for example, with opioid analgesics-could improve healing." Read More

     

  • March 29, 2017

    Topical Curcumin Gel Effective in Treating Burns and Scalds 

    What is the effect of Topical Curcumin Gel for treating burns and scalds? In a recent research paper, investigators stress that use of topical curcumin gel for treating skin problems, like burns and scalds, is very different and appears to work more effectively, when compared to taking curcumin tablets by mouth for other conditions. Read More

    Fish Skin Bandages: The Latest Product of Medical Desperation

    Unlike their American counterparts, material and supply shortages have forced some Brazilian burn centers to deviate from the standard medical practice which advocates for early skin grafts, instead being relegated to using traditional gauze-and-silver sulfadiazine cream dressings. While such a method of treatment is time-tested and effective in preventing infection in burn wounds, the dressings necessitate daily and excruciatingly painful changes, which can delay recovery. Enter fish skin-namely that of tilapia.  Read More

    Antibiotics Not Effective for Clinically Infected Eczema in Children

    Estimates suggest that 40 percent of eczema flares are treated with topical antibiotics, but findings suggest there is no meaningful benefit from the use of either oral or topical antibiotics for milder clinically infected eczema in children. The CREAM study was designed to find out if oral (taken by mouth) or topical (creams and ointments applied to the skin) antibiotics help improve eczema severity in children with infected eczema. Read More

    Medical Breakthrough Keeps Scar Tissue From Forming Around Implant Devices

    Scientists have found a way to prevent scar tissue from forming around medical implant devices. Fibrosis is the formation of extra fibrous connective tissue in an organ. It is a reactionary response most commonly deployed for reparative purposes, although fibrosis can also occur in response to a foreign object. "We show that you preserve many other important immune functions, including wound healing and phagocytosis, but you lose this fibrotic cascade."  Read More

      

  • March 23, 2017

    New Study Shows Promising Future for Patients with Crohn's Disease 

    The largest study on pediatric patients with Crohn's Disease will pave the way for how those young patients are treated as soon as they're diagnosed. The groundbreaking work is the result of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's "RISK Stratification Study." It looked at more than 900 pediatric patients over three years. Crohn's is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract. Many patients develop other conditions that require multiple hospital visits or surgery. But now there's hope. Read More

    Eyesight Saved by Patches Made Out of Placenta: Dressings are Being Used in NHS Hospitals to Promote Wound-Healing for Victims of Burns

    Dressings made from discs of human placenta are being used in NHS hospitals on victims of eye injuries - to save their sight. The patches can be applied directly to the eyes of burns or trauma victims, reducing pain by up to 70 per cent and promoting wound-healing. Experts say that the medical advance has 'transformed' the way such injuries are treated.  Read More

    Skin Grafting Method Stops Chronic Wound Recurrence

    A recently developed skin graft treatment may help speed up the healing process for chronic wounds like pressure sores and diabetic ulcers - and keep them from coming back. That's according to a new study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine, which tested a new autograft system that helped treat different types of chronic wounds. The system, which the school didn't develop itself, harvests the top layer of skin in a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in an outpatient setting. Read More

    Salicylic Acid Exposure Might Increase Risk of Staphylococcus Aureus

    Salicylic acid is the main biometabolite of aspirin and is also used in acne treatments. Previous research has shown it can alter the expression of Staphylococcus aureus virulence factors, a bacterium commonly found in the nose. The researchers say the findings suggest salicylic acid consumption could contribute to S. aureus infection in people regularly exposed to it, such as through frequent aspirin consumption.  Read More

      

  • March 7, 2017

    Study Explores Links Between Genetic Susceptibility and Heterogeneous Phenotypes of Lymphedema 

    Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid in the ipsilateral body area, or upper limb. This remains an ongoing major health problem affecting more than 40 percent of 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. Lymphedema following breast cancer surgery is typically considered to be primarily due to the mechanical injury from surgery. However, recent research has found that inflammation-infection and higher body mass index are also main predictors of lymphedema. Read More

    NYU Docs are Using Machine Learning to Stop a Stealthy Disease Before it's Too Late

    There is no cure for Lymphedema, only physical exercises that can keep the symptoms in check. Early detection of the disease would allow for physical therapy that could theoretically stop the disease's progress enough to never allow it to develop. "Machine learning will help us to develop an algorithm to determine a patient's status or predict if they will have a measurable symptom later on, each time the patients enter the data, the algorithm will teach itself. Later on, machine learning will probably help us say which treatment is better for which kind of patients."  Read More

    Two Different Genetic Conditions Can Combine to Cause Severe Infection

    Scientists from the Rockefeller University have led a team of researchers to uncover how two different conditions-a genetic immunodeficiency and delayed acquired immunity--can combine to produce a life-threatening infection. Most of us carry Staphylococcus aureus on our skin and in our nostrils. It can cause minor infections (staph infections), but in some people, it results in severe disease.  Read More

     

  • February 21, 2017

    Tissue-Regenerating Shocks that Heal 

    Shock-wave treatment accelerates impaired wound and injury healing in a very broad range of situations. Evidence shows ESWT treatments are effective at aiding in the repair of tendons, muscle, ligaments, cartilage and even bone. The evidence is so strong that ESWT has become the gold-standard and first-line treatment for several conditions such as shoulder tendinopathies, plantar fasciitis, calcification/spurs, tennis elbow, patellar tendinopathy (jumper’s knee) and Achilles tendinopathy, to name a few. Read More

    Breaking Silos: Effective Wound Healing Means Treatment Across the Continuum

    Around 6.5 million patients in the U.S. suffer from chronic wounds, such as pressure injuries or ulcers. Treatment costs $25 billion each year, representing a sizable and growing problem. Despite the wide impact of chronic wounds, it's rare to see specialized, effective wound care delivered across the care continuum. A chronic non-healing wound is a surrogate marker for illness. These patients require holistic management of their co-morbidities and continuity across care settings.  Read More

    Penn Researchers Find Way to Help Wounds Heal With Less-Visible Scarring  

    After an accident or surgery, the mark left on skin can be a visual reminder of past trauma. Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania have found a way to reduce the visibility of scars. Researchers have discovered a way to make wounds heal differently. Rather than creating scar tissue, the skin regenerates in a way that reducing the visibility of the wound. George Cotsarelis is the chair of the Department of Dermatology at Penn and the principal researcher on the project. Read More