Wound Care Report
Jan. 21, 2015

A minimally invasive procedure can save your limbs by restoring blood flow
Cleveland Clinic
A proven treatment for coronary artery disease now restores health to blood-starved limbs in patients with peripheral artery disease. Endovascular reconstruction is a minimally invasive procedure. The procedure is similar to the balloon angioplasty and stenting used in coronary arteries. It provides a limb-saving option for some patients who have been told that they face amputation. The procedure doesn't cure peripheral artery disease, but it can save your limb and help preserve your mobility.More

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With age comes a growing risk of malnutrition
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
For most older Americans, malnutrition may seem like a remote worry. But evidence is mounting that they should start paying attention — and that a range of age-related factors can interfere with the intake of nutrients necessary to ward off illness, keep the immune system strong and maintain overall health and well-being.More

Chronic wound care: The health warning some smokers aren't hearing from their doctors
Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science via ScienceDaily
While many smokers may make quitting part of their New Year's resolution — a new study may give some yet another reason to stop — the negative impact cigarette smoke has on chronic wounds. Despite the fact that chronic wounds cost billions to treat annually, healthcare providers often don't discuss smoking with their chronic wound patients. New research explores the connection between nonhealing wounds and smoking — and the missed opportunities to help patients understand how their habit is hurting their ability to heal.More

Clean gloves no worse than sterile for wound infections
Medical News Today
Doctors can use clean, boxed gloves rather than the more expensive sterile gloves for minor surgical procedures without fear of increasing the risk of wound infections, according to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia. More

Venous leg ulcers
Delaware County News Network
A fresh study carried out by researchers from King's Venous ulcers are the most common ulcerations that occur in the lower extremities. It has been estimated that 2.5 million people suffer from venous insufficiency, and approximately 20 percent of them develop venous ulcers.More

Brain plasticity: Fact or fiction?
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Medical experts once believed that changes in the brain were only limited to infancy and childhood, after which its physical structure was permanent. However, we now know that new neural pathways are continuously being created and existing ones are altered as a part of our adaptation mechanism to new experiences, ongoing learning and the process of creating new memories. This specific nature of the brain is called plasticity, also known as neuroplasticity. It refers to the brain's ability to self-modify its structure, function and chemistry due to internal or external changes. More