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Shorter antibiotic therapy still effective for diabetic foot osteomyelitis
HealthDay News via Endocrinology Advisor
For patients with diabetic foot osteomyelitis, six weeks of antibiotic therapy seems as effective as 12 weeks of treatment, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. Dr. Alina Tone from Gustave Dron Hospital in Tourcoing, France, and colleagues, compared the effectiveness of six vs. 12 weeks of antibiotic therapy in 40 patients with nonsurgically-treated diabetic foot osteomyelitis enrolled in a prospective randomized trial.
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Senescent cells play an essential role in wound healing
Buck Institute for Age Research via Science Codex
Senescent cells have a bad-guy reputation when it comes to aging. While cellular senescence — a process whereby cells permanently lose the ability to divide when they are stressed — suppresses cancer by halting the growth of premalignant cells, it is also suspected of driving the aging process. But in a study publishing online in advance of the Dec. 22 edition of Developmental Cell, Buck Institute faculty Drs. Judith Campisi and postdoctoral fellow Marco Demaria and colleagues show that senescent cells act as good-guys when it comes to wound healing.
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Blocking the blood vessel dysfunctions that occur in diabetes
Diabetes In Control
Dr. Eric Belin de Chantemele, physiologist at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, stated that, "When the endothelial lining of our blood vessels becomes inflamed and unable to dilate properly, it drives blood pressure up, which multiplies the problem and sets the stage for vascular disease." Now researchers suspect a protein, which is already a hot therapeutic target for the prevention of obesity and diabetes, may be one as well for the disabling and potentially deadly endothelial dysfunction.
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Should health insurance pay for compounded medications?
By Jason Poquette
Former President Ronald Reagan once quipped that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." Today, it seems like we could exchange the words "the government" with "your insurance" with exactly the same sentiment, and we wouldn't be far off. The latest development in the insurance industry is the controversy initiated by Express Scripts through their denial of claims from compounding pharmacies for customized compounded medication.
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Managing pressure ulcers
Nursing in Practice
The prevention and management of pressure ulcers continues to challenge clinicians on a daily basis. Despite large-scale improvement projects, such as Stop The Pressure and international initiatives, including the Stop Pressure Ulcer Day, many patients still develop PU needlessly. There is much debate about how many patients have PU, with current figures suggesting that approximately 18 percent of hospitalized patients across Europe have them.
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Work on key protein suggests ways to address wound healing, autoimmune disease
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai report that a key protein may represent a novel way to use the immune system to speed healing and counter inflammatory, infectious and autoimmune diseases. The team published its study Activation of Toll-like Receptor-2 by Endogenous Matrix Metalloproteinase-2 Modulates Dendritic-Cell-Mediated Inflammatory Responses in Cell Reports.
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CMS extension could spell trouble for meaningful use program
By Scott E. Rupp
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended the meaningful use attestation period by another month to Dec. 31 of this year. The deadline had been Nov. 30. The extension is for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to attest to meaningful use for the 2014 Medicare EHR program reporting period. No reason for the extension was given, though many in the industry believe it's a sign of possible trouble for the program, and a way for the federal organization to mitigate trouble brewing for health systems.
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