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Epidermal grafting using a novel suction blister–harvesting system for treatment of pyoderma gangrenosum
Pyoderma gangrenosum is a neutrophilic dermatosis characterized by chronic,
recurrent ulcerations of the skin. Currently, most first-line
and second-line treatments are anecdotal and no gold standard
treatment for PG exists. Although patients may respond to
systemic medications aimed at reducing underlying inflammation
associated with PG, in many cases, large wounds remain. Skin grafting
is problematic because of the potential for pathergy, a phenomenon
in which new or worsening ulcerations may develop following
trauma or surgery. In addition, application of tissue-engineered
skin often is not reimbursed; thus, limited clinical options exist to
provide wound coverage.
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1st clinical trial for new skin wound-healing compound is a success
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist Robert Gourdie developed a wound-healing peptide while researching how electrical signals trigger heartbeats. He never imagined that the peptide, ACT1, would prove to heal venous leg ulcers twice as quickly as the current standard of care.
The physics of wound healing
An international team of scientists has uncovered a new way by which wounds repair themselves. Reported in Nature Physics, this finding has exciting implications for the development of treatments and drugs that speed up healing. Current research already has established two processes at play in mending injury in the body.
Diabetic neuropathic pain improved with vegan diet
Healthcare Professionals Network
A change in diet may improve diabetic neuropathy pain, according to a controlled study of patients with Type 2 diabetes presented at the recent American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
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The growing threat of antibiotic resistance
By Rosemary Sparacio
A number of diseases once easily treatable have become resistant to antibiotics currently on the market, and that number continues to grow. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has warned that antibiotic resistance is such a serious problem that it could be the "next pandemic." Obviously, the growth of antibiotic-resistant pathogens means that more and more cases emerge where standard treatments no longer work, infections become more difficult to control, and the risk of spreading infections to others is increased — especially when hospital stays are prolonged.
Editorial: Understanding wound care's psychology
Today's Wound Clinic
The wound care visit, or any medical visit for that matter, is, under the best of circumstances, a daunting experience for our patients. They come to us with a myriad of emotions and feelings, including concern, fear, misunderstanding, anger and sadness. How we recognize, address and manage those feelings is what establishes trust and adherence and what sets the stage for our future visits. The ultimate outcome of our wound-healing efforts depends upon our knowledge and skill as providers as well as the ability and willingness of the patient to adhere to our recommendations. That ability and willingness, in turn, depends upon patient understanding and trust.
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