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'Bad' molecules found to be good for wound healing
Molecules long thought to be destructive of tissues and cells actually play a key role in the wound-healing process, according to a recent discovery by researchers in California.
The study, led by Dr. Andrew Chisholm, professor of biology at University of California, San Diego, concludes that reactive oxygen species are necessary for the proper healing of skin wounds in the laboratory roundworm C. elegans. Indeed, the researchers found that ROS generated in the mitochondria not only are necessary for skin wounds to heal, but that higher levels of it speed up the process.
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An insider look at the 2014 NPUAP nutrition recommendations
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Proper monitoring, maintaining of gas-detection systems in the HBOT environment
Today's Wound Clinic
It would be rather difficult to find an outpatient wound care clinic without some type of gas-detection system. Unfortunately, many administrators believe the investment in such a system ends there. Many don't take that extra step of having the system maintained for proper functioning on a regular basis.
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CDC: Leprosy still occurs in US
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
Leprosy, although quite rare, continues to appear in the United States, a new U.S. government study reports. Approximately 100 new cases are reported in the United States each year, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Known since biblical times, leprosy is an infectious disease that causes skin sores, nerve damage and muscle weakness that can worsen over time. Without treatment, leprosy can progress to a debilitating disease with nerve damage, tissue destruction and loss of function, according to the study.
Skin patch may offer a better means of treating diabetic foot ulcers
When someone has diabetes, foot injuries, such as ulcers, can take a long time to heal. Not only does this cause diabetics prolonged discomfort, but it can even lead to amputation. Help may be on the way, however, in the form of a drug that's delivered through a skin patch.
Wound infection: What's all the fuss about?
Nursing Careers Allied Health
Wound infection is a serious complication of wound healing. Infection may be localized, spread into surrounding tissues and bone, or manifest systemically as sepsis, a life-threatening condition. Infection not only delays healing but patient recovery in general; it increases scarring, causes undue pain and suffering and leads to complications, such as wound breakdown and/or dehiscence. It is vitally important for health professionals to recognize the signs and symptoms of infection early to minimize the risk of spreading and ensure reparative processes progress along the healing continuum as they should.
Identifying wound infection.
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Protein wafers help nursing home residents gain weight, fight pressure ulcers, diarrhea
Easy-to-chew protein wafers can help nursing home residents gain weight and reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers and diarrhea, according to findings recently published in Age and Ageing.
5 diabetic skin conditions and how to treat
November is American Diabetes Month and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just over 29 million people in the country have the disease. Unfortunately, people suffering from diabetes are more susceptible to developing skin conditions, making it an ideal time to take a look at some of the more common ones that people experience and what can be done treat them.
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