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  • October 31, 2016

    New Scanner Shown to Detect Ulcers Earlier

    A futuristic wireless scanner based on NASA Mars lander technology can help nurses dramatically cut bedsore occurrence by detecting developing sores beneath the skin's surface several days before they break through the skin. The hand-held SEM Scanners have been developed by California medical device company Bruin Biometrics (BBI), which worked with a former NASA engineer to develop the device from a sensor on the Mars spacecraft.  Read More

    Defending Nursing Homes Cited with F-Tag 314

    As many long-term care providers know, F-Tag 314 is a federal regulation that governs pressure injuries (previously called "pressure sores or pressure ulcers") developed in nursing homes. This regulation mandates that, based on the comprehensive assessment of a resident, the facility must ensure that the resident who enters without a pressure sore does not develop one, unless the individual's clinical condition demonstrates that the pressure injury is unavoidable. Read More

    Advancing Wound Care Technology 

    Wound care is complex, time-intensive and crucial to reimbursements. Wounds need to be measured and documented on a regular basis to track changes in size and condition. These days, the wound care nurse' s main measuring tool-the paper ruler-is being replaced by hand-held camera technology that can record wound dimensions, color changes, tunneling and more with the click of a button. Read More

     

  • October 24, 2016

    These Doctors are Incorporating VR Into Pain Management

    Clinical VR is helping some patients recovering from painful injuries to lean on something other than pain meds. Read More

    Bone Healing Advanced Through Crab Shell Protein

    An advancement in nanotechnology: scientists have succeeded in combining a sugar, extracted from crab and shrimp shells, with nanomaterials. This is the building block for bone regeneration and wound healing. Read More

    New Board Game Introduced to Support Training in Emergency Burn Care for Front-Line Professionals 

    The Burns Game has been developed to meet this need and help healthcare professionals improve their knowledge of burn management, which is essential to ensure the best chance of recovery for patients.  Read More

     

  • October 17, 2016

    NASA Invents 'Electric Gauze' That Can Speed Up Wound Healing

    One method to facilitate wound healing is a new electric gauze recently announced by NASA. The thin material displays some mind-blowing properties, by generating a small amount of electricity when interacting with another surface, including human skin. The material, called polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) has numerous possible applications, including wound healing. It is proven that wounds tend to heal much more quickly if small amounts of electricity are applied to the surrounding tissue. But the gauze pattern is also essential to the healing process. Read More

    Cold Microwave Plasma Helps Cure Non-Healing Wounds

    A new study suggests that a course of cold microwave argon plasma treatments can increase the proliferation of human fibroblasts and keratinocytes. Cold plasma acts through the combination of a therapeutically relevant electrical field, low irradiation in the beneficial ultraviolet (UV) UV-A and UV-B wave length range, and activated gas particles from ambient air. The result is a deep-stimulation of the treated skin and wound surfaces. Read More

    Understanding Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and Wound Care Treatment 

    Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition that develops when the arteries that supply blood to the internal organs, arms and legs become completely or partially blocked as a result of atherosclerosis. There are many possible side effects of atherosclerosis including angina and heart attacks if the coronary arteries are involved; strokes and transient ischemic attacks if the carotid and vertebral arteries are involved; and claudication, non-healing leg ulcers and critical limb ischemia if the lower extremity arteries are involved. Read More

    Research Findings Raise Hope for Better Treatment of Diabetic Wounds

    Diabetics often have to contend with wounds that heal poorly. Researchers have now gained fresh insights into the underlying cellular mechanisms. Their findings could lead to the development of new treatment methods. Parisa Kakanj, the author of the study, examined the skin of larvae of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. These flies serve as models for diabetes, because insulin metabolism has been strongly conserved over the course evolution, meaning that flies and mammals are very similar in this respect. Read More

  • October 10, 2016

    Scleroderma Study Identifies Risk Factors for PAH Development

    Researchers have identified risk factors of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in patients with Scleroderma, showing that the risk profiles differ between patients with limited and diffuse cutaneous Scleroderma. The study was published in the journal BMC Pulmonary Medicine. It suggests that the findings should be implemented in screening programs, allowing early identification of patients who are at risk, especially since PAH is the leading cause of mortality among patients with Scleroderma.  Read More

    The Self-Healing Needle: Device Inspired by MUSSELS Plugs its Own Puncture Wound After an Injection

    It may not be enough to remove the fear some of us have of needles, but now scientists have invented a hypodermic syringe which seals the hole it leaves behind after it is removed. The needle coated in a film physically plugs the gap left in a vein when it is removed. The breakthrough could help prevent a vast range of problems caused by bleeding under the skin.  Read More

    Diabetes: New Hope for Better Wound Healing 

    It had previously been assumed that high levels of glucose in the blood damages vessels and neurons and impairs the immune system, thereby accounting for the wound-healing problems. A Cologne-based research group headed by Linda Partridge, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, and Maria Leptin, professor at the Institute of Genetics of the University of Cologne, has now presented in a study that slowed insulin metabolism at the wound site directly affects neighboring cells involved in wound healing. Read More

     

  • October 3, 2016

    Cause of Crohn's Disease: Gut Fungus Now Suspected

    People with the inflammatory condition Crohn's disease may have a higher level of a certain fungus in their gut, a new study finds. Scientists have known that gut bacteria may contribute to the development of Crohn's, but the new study finds that this fungus may also play a role in the condition. The findings could lead to new treatments for people with the disease, who may have such symptoms as severe abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue and diarrhea. Read More

    Self-Adhesive Dressing Generates Electrical Current that Promotes Healing, Reduces Infection Risk

    Good news for the millions of people who suffer from skin wounds that won't heal. A team of researchers at The Ohio State University has brought a potentially transformative solution to the problem by creating a portable adhesive patch that drives a continuous, small electrical current to stimulate healing and reduce the risk of infection. The patch's design significantly advances existing FDA-approved wireless electroceutical dressing (WED) that harnesses the body's innate response to injury to help wounds heal. Read More

    Ganglioside GM3 Synthase Depletion Reverses Neuropathic Pain and Small Fiber Neuropathy in Diet-Induced Diabetic Mice 

    These studies establish ganglioside GM3 as a new candidate responsible for neuropathic pain and small fiber neuropathy in diabetes. Moreover, these observations indicate that systemic or topically applied interventions aimed at depleting GM3 may improve both the painful neuropathy and the wound healing impairment in diabetes by protecting against nerve end terminal degeneration, providing a disease-modifying approach to this common, currently intractable medical issue. Read More

     

  • September 26, 2016

    Basics of the Foot Examination

    Sadly, patients with diabetes account for 60% of all non-traumatic lower limb amputations. Many foot ulcers are preventable. Rates of amputation can be decreased by providing foot care education, preventive measures, treatment of foot problems and, if indicated, a referral to a podiatrist. A foot exam is a straightforward and inexpensive way to detect wounds, loss of sensation and other abnormalities that may cause complications. Read More

    Recognizing Non-Healing Wounds Can Prevent Serious Complications

    As a vascular surgeon, foot ulcers and poorly healing wounds are a common yet challenging condition that requires my immediate attention. If untreated, or if treatment is delayed, complications such as severe infection, gangrene, or limb loss can occur. This is true even in the early stages if not treated by a specialist. Recognizing the early warning signs and knowing when to seek help is paramount in avoiding catastrophic complications that are all too common. Read More

    Cacao Could be Used In Wound Treatment, Adelaide Researchers Find 

    Adelaide researchers are looking at taking advantage of cacao as a natural alternative to toxic chemicals traditionally used to produce wound treatments."If you use toxic chemicals they will kill not only the bacteria, but also they would kill normal tissue, but basically you can get in a worse position than you started in," Professor Vasilev said. Read More

    Nurses Win Honor for "Unique Skin Care Regime" 

    The team was praised for the education and learning value that their research provided to other health professionals and the enhanced quality of care for patients with this type of skin damage. The skin integrity nurses explored the development of a new single skin care regime for both superficial pressure ulcers and incontinence associated dermatitis. Read More