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June 18, 2019

Risk for Kidney Transplant Failure Quintuples with Postsurgical Diabetic Foot Ulcer

Kidney transplantation is more likely to fail for adults with diabetic kidney disease and diabetic neuropathy who then present with a diabetic foot ulcer after surgery vs. those without foot ulcer, according to findings presented at the American Diabetes Association 79th Scientific Sessions. In addition, common factors for post-transplant diabetic foot ulcers include a prior history of the condition as well as previous peripheral arterial disease. Read More  

Rosacea, Other ‘Mimic’ Skin Conditions Often Misdiagnosed as Rheumatic Diseases

Patients with rosacea, livedoid vasculopathy and allergic contact dermatitis present with a multitude of dermatologic symptoms that rheumatologists can easily misdiagnose as rheumatic diseases, according to Anthony Fernandez, MD, PhD, of the Cleveland Clinic. However, he noted that rheumatologists can distinguish these dermatological conditions from their common rheumatic lookalikes — acute lupus, vasculitis and dermatomyositis — by paying attention to onset timing, chronicity and their associated symptoms. Read More

Reimagined Hospital Bed Minimizes Risk of Pressure Ulcers

Electrical engineering students in Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering completed their final capstone course with a bang. And for one team, it also ended with an award and the reward of carrying out a project that makes a difference for patients staying in hospitals. Seniors worked on a two-semester design project to fulfill all of the academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering while gaining experience to prepare for the workplace. Read More

Salamanders May Help Wound Healing: Goo Secreted by the Amphibians Sticks Injured Tissue Back Together Better Than 'Most Medical Adhesives' 

A 'goo' given off by salamanders could revolutionize wound healing by replacing existing surgical glues. A study found the skin secretions of Chinese giant salamanders, the world's largest and longest-living amphibian, enables injured tissues to 'stick' together better than an existing 'natural' adhesive. The animals' mucus also improves skin elasticity, reduces scarring and eases side effects more than a 'chemical' glue that is currently used to repair wounds. Read More