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How electrical stimulation accelerates wound healing
University of Manchester via Medical Xpress
Electronic stimulation could accelerate wound healing, according to research conducted by scientists from the University of Manchester. The study, published in PLOS ONE, could lead to significant improvements in the way that diabetic wounds are treated, reducing the risk of foot ulcers and amputation.
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Study: Wearable ultrasound device as chronic wound fixer could speed up healing
MedCity News
Venous ulcers, the most common chronic wound, affect about 1 percent of people in the U.S. Worse, the painful leg wounds take months to heal and frequently reoccur, running up an estimated $2 billion in healthcare costs. But in what could be the newest example of wearable medtech, a team of researchers from Drexel University used a Band-Aid-like wearable ultrasound device to generate better outcomes in a shorter amount of time, according to a statement from the university.
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Update on wound closure
Outpatient Surgery
For plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Vagley, ensuring that patients are happy with scars is one of the key goals of surgery. "In my business, the scar is the surgical procedure," says Vagley, of the Pittsburgh Institute of Plastic Surgery. Whether you use suture, staples, glue or some other adhesive to close skin wounds, here are four ways to minimize scarring.
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No more non-healing wounds
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Acelity releases mobile app for clinicians treating severe wounds
Acelity announced recently that it had released a new mobile app known as iOn Healing, which facilitates communication between clinicians and Acelity representatives.
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Pressure sensing stocking to help save diabetic feet
A loss of feeling in the feet can have serious consequences, especially with patients with diabetic neuropathy. Such patients, who are unable to sense pressure on the feet often develop serious wounds that can lead to gangrene and amputations. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research in Würzburg and Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen, Germany, have created a prototype pressure monitoring stocking that can let the wearer know when to change positions, take a rest or keep on walking.
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How often are opioids for chronic pain truly misused?
By Dorothy L. Tengler
More than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain, and treating it can be challenging for physicians. Doctors often resort to the use of chronic opioid therapy, which has increased substantially in recent years. A group of researchers recently reviewed 38 published studies of opioid analgesic drugs prescribed for chronic pain. The researchers noted that 35 of the 38 studies were conducted in the United States, a curious finding that perhaps suggests that this issue is of both high interest and is perhaps a problem that is somehow uniquely relevant to the U.S.
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Joint injections: The next generation (The Huffington Post)
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