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May 8, 2018

Flesh-eating Bacteria: Terrifying, but Rare Condition

The term “flesh-eating bacteria” is misleading since it’s a disease, not a particular bacteria species. The term refers to a condition called “necrotizing fasciitis” (“necrotizing” means that the infection kills cells, and “fasciitis” references the connective tissue in the body that the infection proceeds along). However terrifying, it is fortunately a rare condition. There are only about 1-3 cases per 100,000 people. It may occur in people who are otherwise healthy and who happen to get an injury that penetrates the skin. Read More

No Link Between HbA1c Levels and Wound Healing in Patients With Diabetic Foot Ulcers

There does not appear to be an association between baseline and prospective hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels on wound healing in patients diagnosed with diabetic foot ulcers, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. Researchers performed a retrospective analysis of an ongoing prospective, clinic-based observational study of patients diagnosed with diabetic foot ulcers being treated at the Johns Hopkins Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot and Wound Clinic in Baltimore, Maryland, over the course of 4.7 years. Read More

Skin Cancer Symptoms: Four Skin Conditions That Raise Your Risk of Developing the Disease

SKIN cancer symptoms can include a new mole or a change in an existing mole. UV exposure is the main preventable cause of the disease, and wearing sunscreen can help keep you safe in the sun. But there are four skin conditions that can put you more at risk of developing the disease. Read More

Leg Ulcers from Venous Insufficiency Heal Faster with Early Ablation

Good results were seen when venous disease causing leg ulceration was treated with early endovenous ablation of superficial venous reflux as an adjunct to compression therapy, investigators reported. Patients had their leg ulcers heal faster if they got compression therapy and were randomized to endovenous ablation of the reflux within 2 weeks instead of waiting to ablate until after the ulcer was healed or 6 months had passed (healing time 56 days versus 82 days, adjusted HR 1.42, 95% CI 1.16 to 1.73), according to Alun Davies, DSc, of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in England, and colleagues. Read More