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Researchers unlock the mysteries of wound healing
Bioscience Technology
Researchers at the University of Arizona have discovered what causes and regulates collective cell migration, one of the most universal but least understood biological processes in all living organisms. The findings, published in Nature Communications, shed light on the mechanisms of cell migration, particularly in the wound-healing process.
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New technology allows peripheral vascular disease diagnosis in diabetic patients
Diabetes News Journal
A team led by Columbia University researchers in New York established a new vascular technology for the diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease, a medical condition especially important in diabetic patients. The study was published in the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and is entitled Detection of Peripheral Arterial Disease Within the Foot Using Vascular Optical Tomographic Imaging: A Clinical Pilot Study.
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  Enluxtra makes wound healing simple

Numerous reports of faster healing in chronic wounds prove the effectiveness of Enluxtra "smart" dressing. Over 100,000 patients received this easy, affordable, and painless treatment, with impressive results. Enluxtra's "no-guesswork" feedback-driven material changes its function from absorption to hydration as needed, which makes it a perfect dressing for any wound.
 


Case study: Ultrasound for healing chronic wounds
SPIE
More than 500,000 patients are treated for venous ulcers annually, accounting for approximately 1 percent of total healthcare costs in the western world. Direct wound care costs often exceed $2,400 per month, but despite this, the pain and resulting limitations on mobility and productivity mean venous ulcers force many patients to give up work. Not only does this create an economic drain, but it can potentially lead to further costs associated with anxiety and depression. Hence, even modest reductions in healing time could reduce healthcare costs significantly. The ideal solution could be used at home by patients, reducing hospital visits for patients with limited mobility and providing more convenient treatment for chronic wounds.
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PUMA project develops innovative device to prevent risk of pressure ulcer
Asociación RUVID via News-Medical.Net
The European research project PUMA (Pressure Ulcer Measurement and Actuation) technically coordinated by the Biomechanics Institute has developed an innovative portable and noninvasive device to prevent and early detect the risk of pressure ulcer development and revert its onset for tetraplegic spinal cord injured individuals relying on wheelchairs.
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Beware of ICD-10 shortcuts: The case against crosswalking
By Charlotte Bohnett
ICD-10 is inherently more sophisticated and specific than ICD-9, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's more complicated. So, why are healthcare professionals pulling their hair out over the mandatory transition to these new codes? Because learning ICD-10 is like learning a new language. If we were going into this with a clean slate — like a newborn babe — perhaps it wouldn't be so tough to learn the language. Unfortunately, the U.S. healthcare industry has relied on ICD-9 codes for more than 30 years.
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'Smart bandage' to detect bedsores
BBC
Bedsores can develop when a patient is laid up in bed — prolonged pressure hampers blood flow, damaging the skin. The sticking plaster uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage as pressure ulcers start to form. Animal testing suggests a prototype works as a warning system
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Survey: Patient engagement continues to face challenges
By Scott E. Rupp
In the true age of patient engagement — a topic much talked about the last two years, but one now seemingly having gained real traction — providers continue to admit that they are having trouble with meeting the mandates established for them by meaningful use Stage 2 requirements. The challenges they face with engaging patients, of course, means they also run the risk of pushing away patients if they fail to meet consumers on their terms. This is a fairly standard industry sentiment and one of the primary takeaways from a recent nationwide survey.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Low-dose gene therapy may relieve diabetic neuropathy pain (Neurology Advisor)
Smokers not informed of ways habit can affect wound healing (McKnight's Long-Term Care News)
ACP guidelines address prevention, treatment of pressure ulcers (AAFP)
Children's National research invents app for assessing wounds — without poking at them (Washington Business Journal)
Viable health information exchange not likely until 2017 (By Scott E. Rupp)

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