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  • 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

     

  • 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