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Evolution of wound care and high stakes of wound treatment
MedCity News
While Americans were sleeping or worrying about a million other things that are completely out of their control, the chronic wound disaster quickly snuck up on us all. Approximately 6.5 million Americans are affected by advanced nonhealing wounds each year. Healthcare professionals already know how serious these wounds are for patients, especially in diabetic, obese, PAD and elderly patients. Unfortunately, the general public is not so informed.
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Severe burns appear to harm balance of gut bacteria
Youth Health Magazine
People who have been severely burned appear to have changes in the bacteria in their intestinal systems, the normal microbiome that is made up of trillions of bacteria. These changes may increase the risk of serious infections, which are a leading cause of death in people with serious burns. This increased risk may be because the microbiome changes allow bacteria to leak from the intestines into the body as a whole and into the blood.
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Peppermint oil and cinnamon could help treat, heal chronic wounds
Medical News Today
Infectious colonies of bacteria called biofilms that develop on chronic wounds and medical devices can cause serious health problems and are tough to treat. But now scientists have found a way to package antimicrobial compounds from peppermint and cinnamon in tiny capsules that can both kill biofilms and actively promote healing. The researchers say the new material, reported in the journal ACS Nano, could be used as a topical antibacterial treatment and disinfectant.
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'Elastic hydrogel' shows promise in wound repair
Medical News Today
Bioengineers have developed a new protein-based gel that, when exposed to light, mimics many of the properties of elastic tissue, such as skin and blood vessels. While it is still early days, they hope the new biomaterial will one day be used in wound healing, such as after injury or surgery.
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Sound waves could speed up wound healing
Popular Science
Application of ultrasound has been shown to speed broken bone regeneration by one-third, and even restore memory to mice with Alzheimer's. Now researchers have found that ultrasound can accelerate healing time of skin wounds, too.
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Survey: Telemedicine use on the rise
By Scott E. Rupp
The latest telehealth report — one of many in a recent string — suggests the market is finally maturing. "Telehealth Index: 2015 Physician Survey" found strong support exists for video-based telemedicine, more so than for telephone or email communications. The report comes at a time when telehealth providers are making a strong push to qualify the video-based doctor's visit as comparable to a trip to the doctor's office, clinic or emergency room.
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Amazing time lapse showing how our bodies heal nasty wounds
First To Know
The moment a body is injured, when you cut or tear a blood vessel, the healing immediately begins. First, something called vasoconstriction happens — blood vessels surrounding the wound tighten to reduce the flow of blood to the injured area. Once the bleeding is under control, the next step in the healing process is preventing infection. That's when white blood cells rush in and destroy any germs that may have entered the body through the open wound.
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    Study: Ultrasound may heal chronic wounds (BBC News)
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New biocompatible hydrogel for wound healing, advanced tissue regeneration (Brigham and Women's Hospital via MedGadget)
Researchers sniffing out factors affecting staph germs (Northern Arizona University via Medical Xpress)
Protein supplements reduce wound healing complications in post-bariatric patients after body contouring (Healio)

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