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Even with medical science advances, the treatment of wounds is often fairly low tech. The process of changing bandages and applying the right medication at the right interval is often labor intensive. Promoting faster healing and preventing infection remain concerns. Scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Harvard Medical School and MIT have developed a bandage that works with a smartphone to dispense the right medication onto the wound at the right time. The smart bandage features electrically conductive fibers coated in a hydrogel that contains medicines like painkillers, antibiotics and tissue-regenerating therapies, which can target a specific type of wound. Read More
Patients with critical limb ischemia face enormous challenges, and the medical community must work closely together to improve their lives via the best known treatments, a speaker said at the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET). “We make decisions about the treatments for these patients without even thinking about which ones necessarily work best and last the longest, but our patients are begging us to figure this out.” Read More
Every 20 seconds someone, somewhere on the planet, loses a foot due to diabetes. Foot ulcers are the starting point of more than 80% of these amputations, and they could be prevented. The number of people diagnosed with diabetes, globally, has risen from 108m in 1980 to 422m in 2014. This is a huge burden on healthcare services as diabetes is associated with many long-term health complications, including peripheral neuropathy, where nerves become damaged, leading to pain, numbness or weakness. While costs are increasing, healthcare professionals have yet to find an effective way to screen diabetic patients and treat complications caused by the disease. Read More
The bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa is amongst the main causes of infections and sepsis in people suffering from severe burns. Researchers have succeeded in revealing the dynamics of the pathogen's physiology and metabolism during its growth in exudates, the biological fluids that seep out of burn wounds. This study allows to follow the strategies developed by Pseudomonas aeruginosa to proliferate and, thus, to guide the development of innovative treatments. Read More