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  • December 12, 2016

    Chronic Wounds in Primary Care: Advanced Wound and Antimicrobial Dressings 

    Community nurses care for 1.45 million people with wounds each year. Around 47% of wounds are acute wounds, 28% are leg ulcers and 21% are pressure ulcers. Approximately 39% of wounds will not have healed after 12 months. Choosing appropriate dressings can assist in wound healing. In March 2016, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) released an evidence summary, Chronic wounds: advanced wound dressings and antimicrobial dressings, that discusses the best available evidence for advanced wound dressings and antimicrobial dressings. Read More

    Hidradenitis Suppurativa Risk Factors 

    We touched a little bit before about some of the other factors that are important for the pathogenesis, but really, the way I would summarize it would be to say that these are patients with a genetic predisposition. About one-third of patients have a first-degree relative with hidradenitis, and there are some data talking about even specific gene mutations; so, a patient with a genetic predisposition with particular environment factors that are important. Read More

    PhD Student Finds Surprising Secret to Detecting Staph Infections Earlier  

    Staph and another microbe, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, are two of the deadliest bacteria responsible for bloodstream infections that arise in people fitted with catheters, like hospital patients. Sometimes these infections can grow out of control before doctors can successfully diagnose and treat them. That's where research from USC Viterbi School of Engineering may make a huge difference. Read More

     

  • December 5, 2016

    Pilonidal Cyst Sufferers Benefit From Using Turmeric

    Pilonidal cysts are characterized by a sac-like structure that develops along the tailbone. They are usually located above the anus and near the cleft of the buttocks. The cysts usually contain waste matter of the hair and skin. The pilonidal cysts develop when the loose hair enters the huge opening of the hair follicle into the skin and subsequently into the subcutaneous tissues. When the ingrown hair causes irritation in the skin, it may result in inflammation as well as the formation of the cyst. Read More

    Patching a Gap in Wound Care 

    New method for directly bonding biocompatible chitosan materials to living tissues could be used to quickly patch life-threatening wounds, say researchers. Chitosan, a biomaterial derived from the chitin shells of crustaceans and insects, has already been developed by scientists at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering into an environmentally-friendly and fully biodegradable substitute for plastic. It is only natural that the team, has also become interested in extending chitosan's usefulness into the clinical realm. Read More

    Fast Facts for the Frontline: Wound Care  

    When you think of factors that place oncology patients at high risk for infection, some of the first that come to mind are probably invasive devices like Foley catheters and central venous access devices. Contact with sick visitors or staff members is also high on the list, but what about that surgical incision or radiation burn? Wounds are very common among oncology patients and can lead to whole host of problems. Read More

     

  • November 29, 2016

    The Effects of Adipose-Derived Stem Cell-Differentiated Adipocytes on Skin Burn Wound Healing in Rats

    Both adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) and fat grafting promote burn wound healing, but whether adipogen-derived cells using various inducers such as 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine (IBMX) and insulin affect wound healing is unknown. Read More

    Important Safety Steps to Keep Kids' Holidays Bright, Happy and Burn-Free 

    A recent survey conducted by Shriners Hospitals for Children found that while most Americans are aware of the steps they should take to stay safe during the holidays, they are not putting that knowledge into action. For example, while 70 percent are aware that live Christmas trees should be watered daily, more than half of those surveyed said they do not, even though it is one of the most dangerous fire hazards in homes during this time of the year. Read More

    Case Studies by Charles K. Lee, MD, FACS, Clearly Validates Efficacy and Safety of Medela's NPWT Devices  

    Medela Healthcare proudly presents the results of a case series which prove the clinical efficacy of Medela's Invia® Liberty™ and single-patient-use Invia® Motion™ NPWT systems. NPWT has become an indispensable tool in reconstructive surgery to accelerate wound healing and patient transition from hospital to home care. Read More

     

  • November 21, 2016

    Healing Human Flesh: NASA's New High-Tech Gauze Could Accelerate Wound Recovery

    NASA's Technology Transfer Program may have given us the future of wound care with its electroactive polymer which speeds up healing time. Read More

    New Peptide-Modified Hydrogel Developed for Diabetic Wound Healing 

    Patients with diabetes have poorer wound healing due to persistent inflammation and other molecular alterations in the wound environment that suppress optimal healing and epithelial regeneration. One peptide, QHREDGS, was previously found to promote the attachment and survival of cardiac muscle cells as well as other factors involved in cardiac recovery from injury. Because of its function in repairing heart cells, it was hypothesized that this peptide can similarly repair keratinocytes. Read More

    FDA Clears Inova Diagnostics' New Test for Inflammatory Bowel Disease 

    Inova Diagnostics, developer of autoimmune diagnostic reagents and systems for the clinical laboratory, is pleased to announce the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of QUANTA Lite Calprotectin Extended Range, an assay which aids in the diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and can help differentiate IBD from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The accurate detection of calprotectin levels can provide critical information to physicians determining the appropriate care of millions of patients suffering from gastrointestinal disorders. Read More

     

  • November 14, 2016

    State Proclamations for Pressure Injury Awareness Day!

    The NPUAP has been reaching out to each state requesting they declare the 3rd Thursday of every November as Pressure Injury Awareness Day. To date the following states have issued proclamations: Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, Utah, Washington, DC and Wisconsin.  Read More

    6 Diabetes Vascular Complications - And How To Avoid Them

    People who live with diabetes know they have a lot of health management to do - monitor their blood sugar, stay alert for eye problems and monitor for foot infections. But some may not understand that many of the most common complications of diabetes stem from one primary issue: the havoc that high blood sugar, also called hyperglycemia, causes for the body's blood vessels. Because blood brings oxygen to every living cell in the body, when blood vessels aren't working properly, the body suffers. Read More

    Protein May Play Important Role in Diabetic Wound Healing 

    In a recent study, investigators found that the application of a topical gel that contains the gene heat shock protein 60 significantly increased wound healing in a mouse model of diabetes. The heat shock protein 60 (Hsp60) is now known to be released at the injury site and is involved with tissue regeneration and healing. These findings may be important for creating treatments for wound healing and scar reduction, especially for patients with diabetes, according to the study published by npj Regenerative Medicine.The fungal communities in these wounds are known to cause bacterial-fungal biofilms, which prevent healing. Read More

     

  • November 7, 2016

    Kerecis Receives Funding from DoD to Develop Fish Skin Burn Treatment

    Kerecis, the company using fish skin to heal human wounds and tissue damage, and the Department of Defense (DoD) have entered into an agreement to develop new treatment methods for burn wounds. Cadaver skin is the preferred initial treatment for severe burns and is frequently used in the hospital setting. Skin grafting is the doctor's preferred way to treat stabilized burn wounds. However, neither cadaver skin nor skin grafting is practical in battlefield and other austere environments.   Read More

    Polymers Help Reverse Effects of Acute Kidney Injury, Facilitate Wound Healing and Spinal Surgeries

    An electroactive device fabricated from polyvinylidene fluoride that facilitates wound healing has been devised by NASA. This is a device that uses electrical activity to facilitate the wound healing process while protecting the wound. The bandage is made of an electroactive material that is stimulated by the heat of the body and the pressure of cell growth, thus no external power source is required. It offers benefits of speeding the wound healing process, combining active healing and wound protection into one, offering a slim, self-contained alternative to electrical stimulation devices for accelerated wound healing and minimizing infection and related complications (e.g., illness, amputation). Read More

    Animal Models of Chronic Wound Care: The Application of Biofilms in Clinical Research 

    Chronic wounds are a substantial clinical problem affecting millions of people worldwide. Pathophysiologically, chronic wounds are stuck in the inflammatory state of healing. The role of bacterial biofilms in suppression and perturbation of host response could be an explanation for this observation. An inhibiting effect of bacterial biofilms on wound healing is gaining significant clinical attention over the last few years. The etiology of the wound (venous insufficiency, ischemia, diabetes, pressure) has to be taken into consideration as underlying pathophysiological mechanisms and comorbidities display tremendous variation in humans. Read More