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  • February 15, 2017

    Underappreciated by Clinicians, Critical Limb Ischemia Has Dire Fallout for Patients 

    Critical limb ischemia (CLI), a condition so elusive that it lacks a consistent definition and doesn't have its own diagnosis code, has a huge impact on patients by way of limb loss and an associated uptick in mortality over follow-up, experts said at a Town Hall devoted to the topic yesterday at the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET). Read More

    Tissue Engineering Advance Reduces Heart Failure in Model of Heart Attack

    Researchers have grown heart tissue by seeding a mix of human cells onto a 1-micron-resolution scaffold made with a 3-D printer. The cells organized themselves in the scaffold to create engineered heart tissue that beats synchronously in culture. When the human-derived heart muscle patch was surgically placed onto a mouse heart after a heart attack, it significantly improved heart function and decreased the amount of dead heart tissue. Read More

    Electrical Stimulation Therapy to Promote Healing of Chronic Wounds  

    The overall objective of this study is to identify and appraise all of the existing clinical research literature that has evaluated the effect of electrical stimulation therapy (EST) on wound healing outcomes in adults with various types of chronic wounds. Pooled results from well-conducted SRs provide strong support for the use of EST on various types of chronic wounds and pressure ulcers in particular. Read More

     

  • February 7, 2017

    Alternative to Skin Grafting 

    Skin substitutes hold much potential for wound healing and will offer an alternative to skin grafting, according to a scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute, Ross Tilley Burn Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. With the aging of the population and the rising incidence in diabetes, there is a growing burden in managing wounds with deficient healing, according to Dr. Amini-Nik. The cost of the treatment of chronic wounds in the United States has been put at more than $25 billion annually. Read More

    New Skin Graft System a Better Fix for Chronic Wounds

    More than six million cases of chronic wounds cost $20 billion each year in the United States. Diabetic ulcers, pressure sores, surgical site wounds and traumatic injuries to high-risk patients account for most wounds that won't heal. However, data indicates that a recently developed skin-graft harvesting system aids in chronic wound recovery and reduces care costs by accelerating the healing process. Read More

    Many Scleroderma Patients Needing Kidney Transplants Do Well, Study Finds  

    Many scleroderma patients show an "excellent" response to a kidney transplant and such surgery should be considered for those with end-stage kidney disease, a study exploring the procedure found. But its researchers also noted that scleroderma patients with lung involvement were the most likely to die after a kidney transplant, indicating that lung health need be included in transplant considerations.  Read More

     

  • 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