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  • August 8, 2017

    Complimentary Wound Care Clinical Education Webcast: "Nutrition & Wound Healing: Connecting the Pieces." Featuring, Karen Turbett, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFN. Space is limited! Register today!

    Ensuring at-risk residents receive the proper equipment, and care, for preventing or treating pressure injuries is critical to not only the health of the resident, but also to the health of your facility’s bottom line and reputation. Register Now

    Percutaneous Deep Vein Arterialization System Safe, Effective for "No-Option" CLI

    Early clinical results in a small cohort demonstrate safety and feasibility of a percutaneous deep vein arterialization system for the treatment of patients with critical limb ischemia who have no traditional endovascular or surgical revascularization options. The system features ultrasound-guided catheters and covered nitinol stents to bypass diseased arteries and divert blood flow into the tibial vein, according to a company release. Read More

    'Origami Organs' can Potentially Regenerate Tissues

    Scientists and engineers have invented a range of bioactive 'tissue papers' made of materials derived from organs that are thin and flexible enough to even fold into an origami bird. The new biomaterials can potentially be used to support natural hormone production in young cancer patients and aid wound healing.  Read More

    Researchers Get $1.4 Million To Study Treatments For Intestinal Inflammation

    The principal investigators' research will focus on defining specific factors and cells that may be targeted to treat IBD. They will test whether nanoparticle-mediated manipulation of pro- and anti-inflammatory factors can limit intestinal inflammation and promote wound healing during IBD. To accomplish this, they will use advanced approaches employing siRNA nanoparticles that target key pro-healing and anti-inflammation factors, which are involved in the pathogenesis of IBD. Read More

  • August 1, 2017

    Clinical Education On-Demand! "Beyond the Guidelines: Evidence Based Prevention Strategies to Eliminate CAUTI's"

    Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI’s) are the only device related infections which have increased in the last five years. Elimination of symptomatic urinary catheter associated infections seems like an unobtainable goal. We need to change that statistic. National quality and safety initiatives, as well as reimbursement strategies are targeted to focus on reducing CAUTIs. Nursing must lead the change and successfully work with unit teams to adopt the latest evidence. We will go beyond the guidelines to explore new practices and technology that, when integrated into current practice, have shown to reduce or eliminate CAUTI’s. Care practices alone are not enough to sustain change.  Being part of a safety culture is critical for success. Be the driver of change and bring the latest evidence to the bedside to ensure positive patient outcomes. View Now

    Touching Lives Through Telehealth for Ostomy Patients

    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing instructor Tracie White, MSN, has embarked on a study using telehealth to improve quality of life for patients who require an ostomy after surgery for certain disease processes. An ostomy is a surgically created opening in the body for the discharge of wastes often necessary following procedures for conditions such as colorectal cancer, Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Patients often experience complications with their ostomy, compounding the physical pain, uncertainty and mental anguish already associated with their primary diagnosis. Read More

    Current Perspectives on Therapeutic Ultrasound in the Management of Chronic Wounds: A Review of Evidence

    Although therapeutic ultrasound has been in existence since the 1930s, questions remain as to its effectiveness in promoting tissue healing in various injured tissues. Limited evidence exists to support a role for therapeutic ultrasound in closed, soft tissue lesions. However, an evolving literature provides support for the role of therapeutic ultrasound in the treatment of chronic wounds, acute injuries such as fractures and split thickness graft donor sites as well as in the modulation of wound-related pain. Read More

    Sticky When Wet: Strong Adhesive for Wound Healing

    A super-strong 'tough adhesive' has been created that is non-toxic and binds to biological tissues with a strength comparable to the body's own resilient cartilage, even when they're wet. Inspired by the glue produced by a slug, the double-layered hydrogel material demonstrates both high adhesion strength and strain dissipation, making it useful in a variety of medical applications. Read More

  • July 25, 2017

    Clinical Education On-Demand! "Beyond the Guidelines: Evidence Based Prevention Strategies to Eliminate CAUTI's"

    Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI’s) are the only device related infections which have increased in the last five years. Elimination of symptomatic urinary catheter associated infections seems like an unobtainable goal. We need to change that statistic. National quality and safety initiatives, as well as reimbursement strategies are targeted to focus on reducing CAUTIs. Nursing must lead the change and successfully work with unit teams to adopt the latest evidence. We will go beyond the guidelines to explore new practices and technology that, when integrated into current practice, have shown to reduce or eliminate CAUTI’s. Care practices alone are not enough to sustain change.  Being part of a safety culture is critical for success. Be the driver of change and bring the latest evidence to the bedside to ensure positive patient outcomes. View Now

    This is Why You Should Incorporate Vacuum Manual Therapy

    Massage Therapy has become an invaluable asset as a complementary allied medicine approach to wellness and common health issues. Vacuum manual therapy (VMT) is a fast and effective addition to manual therapy techniques for common conditions such as chronic pain, scoliosis and other spinal issues, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, TMJD, headaches, injuries, and surgical recovery. The combination of deep soft tissue release with structural alignment techniques produces profound effects in the fascia. Read More

    Breathable, Wearable Electronics on Skin for Long-Term Health Monitoring

    A hypoallergenic electronic sensor can be worn on the skin continuously for a week without discomfort, and is so light and thin that users forget they even have it on, say scientists. The elastic electrode constructed of breathable nanoscale meshes holds promise for the development of noninvasive e-skin devices that can monitor a person's health continuously over a long period. Read More

    Reducing Inflammation Protects Stem Cells During Wound Repair

    Scientists have found a new way to protect stem cells from harsh inflammation during wound repair. In a study recently published in the journal Cytotherapy, researchers in India discovered that treating mice with a common anti-inflammatory drug called celecoxib promoted stem cell survival and healing when they injected the cells into wounds. Read More

  • July 18, 2017

    Clinical Education On-Demand! "Beyond the Guidelines: Evidence Based Prevention Strategies to Eliminate CAUTI's"

    Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI’s) are the only device related infections which have increased in the last five years. Elimination of symptomatic urinary catheter associated infections seems like an unobtainable goal. We need to change that statistic. National quality and safety initiatives, as well as reimbursement strategies are targeted to focus on reducing CAUTIs. Nursing must lead the change and successfully work with unit teams to adopt the latest evidence. We will go beyond the guidelines to explore new practices and technology that, when integrated into current practice, have shown to reduce or eliminate CAUTI’s. Care practices alone are not enough to sustain change.  Being part of a safety culture is critical for success. Be the driver of change and bring the latest evidence to the bedside to ensure positive patient outcomes. View Now

    What do T- and B-Cells do?

    T- and B-cells are highly specialised defender cells - different groups of cells are tailored to different germs. When your body is infected with a particular germ, only the T- and B-cells that recognise it will respond. These selected cells then quickly multiply, creating an army of identical cells to fight the infection. Special types of T- and B-cells 'remember' the invader, making you immune to a second attack. Read More

    One Step Closer to Growing Capillaries

    In their work toward 3-D printing transplantable tissues and organs, bioengineers and scientists from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have demonstrated a key step on the path to generate implantable tissues with functioning capillaries. Tissue engineering, also known as regenerative medicine, is a field aimed at integrating advances in stem cell biology and materials science to grow transplantable replacement tissues and organs.  Read More

    Nagoya University Researchers Define New Category of Genetic Skin Diseases

    Nagoya University-led team reviews skin diseases to define a new type of genetic-based inflammation for improving diagnosis and treatment of rare skin conditions. Dry scaly skin, blistering, rashes. Many people will experience some kind of skin problem at some time in their life, if only briefly. However, some individuals are severely affected by chronic skin problems throughout their lives. Most sufferers of any kind of skin problem will agree that the timing and triggers of skin flare-ups are somewhat mysterious. Medical science has only recently begun to separate the environmental and genetic factors behind these conditions.  Read More

    Smart Foot Mat Allows Earlier Detection of Diabetic Foot Ulcers in Real-World Study

    Real-world evidence from a study by a foot "smartmat" company shows that such a device helped catch diabetic foot ulcers earlier than looking for external signs, like poor circulation or changes in colour. The idea behind this mat, created for an MIT sporting event in 2011, is to sense any pain that would go amiss in people who already have nerve damage, which stops them from feeling injuries in their foot. Read More

  • July 11, 2017

    Clinical Education On-Demand! "Beyond the Guidelines: Evidence Based Prevention Strategies to Eliminate CAUTI's"

    Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI’s) are the only device related infections which have increased in the last five years. Elimination of symptomatic urinary catheter associated infections seems like an unobtainable goal. We need to change that statistic. National quality and safety initiatives, as well as reimbursement strategies are targeted to focus on reducing CAUTIs. Nursing must lead the change and successfully work with unit teams to adopt the latest evidence. We will go beyond the guidelines to explore new practices and technology that, when integrated into current practice, have shown to reduce or eliminate CAUTI’s. Care practices alone are not enough to sustain change.  Being part of a safety culture is critical for success. Be the driver of change and bring the latest evidence to the bedside to ensure positive patient outcomes. View Now

    Through Thick and Thin

    Keeping skin healthy and intact has numerous benefits. But the body's protective barrier needs some protecting of its own, particularly in the frail and elderly. Thin, crepey skin is susceptible to minor tears and infection, and broken skin can easily become a dangerous and care-intensive pressure ulcer. Nowhere is that truer than in the perineal area, especially prone to moisture, heat and friction. How can your facility safeguard residents and help them heal faster when wounds happen?  Read More

    'Substance P' in Tears: Noninvasive Test for Diabetes-Related Nerve Damage?

    Tear samples from patients with diabetes show elevated levels of substance P, which are related to early damage to the corneal nerves, which may contribute to the development of corneal ulcers and poor wound healing in patients with diabetes, according to the pilot study by Maria Markoulli, PhD, MOptom, FAAO, and colleagues of University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. They researchers suggest that substance P measurement could be a new and noninvasive test to assess the risk of diabetic neuropathy. Read More

    New Wound Healing Properties of Ficin Researched

    Ficin, an enzyme derived from figs latex, has been found to be active against biofilms formed by Staphylococcus. Dr. Kayumov explains that currently, different enzymes are used for wound treatment, such as trypsin, chymotrypsin, or collagenase-they clear wounds from necrotic masses and fibrin clots. He says, "If you treat wounds with an enzyme or protease, healing accelerates. Together with our Voronezh University colleagues, we decided to try ficin, which has not yet been studied well.  Read More

  • July 5, 2017

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Scientists Zoom in on Genetic Culprits

    Scientists have closed in on specific genes responsible for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) from a list of over 600 genes that were suspects for the disease. The team from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their collaborators at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the GIGA Institute of the University of Liège combined efforts to produce a high resolution map to investigate which genetic variants have a causal role in the disease.  Read More

    U Team Discovers 'Powerhouse' New Treatment in Fight Against Deadly Skin Disease

    A decade after performing the world's first bone marrow transplants to treat epidermolysis bullosa − a rare and potentially fatal skin disease − university researchers believe they have discovered a "powerhouse" new formula that advances their research, helps the body grow new skin and will allow patients to live longer, less painful lives.  Read More

    In Major Breakthrough, Tiny Utah Firm Regenerates Skin, Hair in Pigs

    A small U.S. biotech has successfully regenerated skin and stimulated hair growth in pigs with burns and abrasions, paving the way for a scientific breakthrough that could lead to the regeneration of fully functional human skin. Salt Lake City-based PolarityTE Inc's patented approach to tissue engineering is designed to use a patient's own healthy tissue to re-grow human skin for the treatment of burns and wounds. Despite recent advances in reconstructive surgery, plastic surgeons cannot give burn victims what they require the most - their skin.  Read More