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New PAD procedure sees longer lasting results
Your Houston News
People in Houston's Montgomery County suffering from peripheral arterial disease have a new treatment for their blocked blood vessels, and it's opening up some big results. Drs. Mobolaji Odelowo and Michael Nguyen and their colleagues with Endovascular Interventional Associates in Conroe, Texas, recently have been treating patients with the disease by using a small, thin balloon coated with a chemotherapy drug called paclitaxel to clear plaque buildup and keep patients away from surgery for longer than other minimally invasive methods.
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University research team develops new antibiotics
The Daily Utah Chronicle
As new illnesses and bacteria continue to develop, so should the antibiotics to beat them. Yet big pharmaceutical companies often leave the research to universities, and they don't always keep pace with the rate of illness. The University of Utah is out to fix that. Ryan Looper, academic director of the CORE program, a chemistry group on campus, said employees at the U's Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry Core are creating antibiotics to fight against infections from diseases, such as diabetic foot ulcers, bed sores and infected medical implants.
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  Enluxtra makes wound healing simple

Numerous reports of faster healing in chronic wounds prove the effectiveness of Enluxtra "smart" dressing. Over 100,000 patients received this easy, affordable, and painless treatment, with impressive results. Enluxtra's "no-guesswork" feedback-driven material changes its function from absorption to hydration as needed, which makes it a perfect dressing for any wound.

Time to antibiotics, coverage can predict infection of open-tibia fractures
Infection of type III open-tibia fractures was predicted by time from injury to antibiotics and to wound coverage, according to study results. Researchers retrospectively reviewed all Gustilo-Anderson type III open-tibia fractures treated at a level-one trauma center. After exclusions for missing data, nonreconstructible limbs or absence of 90-day outcome data, the researchers included 137 patients in their analysis. The study's main outcome measure was deep infection within 90 days.
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The medical world is changing — how can we keep up?
By Joan Spitrey
Healthcare is a dynamic industry. It is constantly changing as new modalities, treatments and technologies are discovered or even rebutted. Even with the changes in technology, diagnostics and treatments, the healthcare environment has stayed relatively static. The patient seeks treatment, and the healthcare provider treats based on the needs of the patient. The provider of care bills for services and is paid. For the most part, the healthcare providers have wielded most of the control with little resistance. However, this is changing, and the power has shifted.
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Formula improves bedsores for malnourished patients
MedPage Today
Malnourished adult patients with decubitus ulcers saw significant improvement after eight weeks of taking an oral cocktail of arginine, zinc and antioxidant supplements in a randomized trial, published in the Feb. 3 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Empathy levels among healthcare professionals
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
There is plenty of recent evidence suggesting that empathy could improve clinical outcomes. Empathy has been defined as the ability to stand in the shoes of another and look at the situation from someone else's view. In the healthcare discipline, researchers define empathy as "a predominantly cognitive attribute that involves an understanding of the patient's experiences, concerns and perspectives, combined with a capacity to communicate this understanding and intention to help."
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Team shows why wound healing is impaired in diabetics (University of Pennsylvania via Medical Xpress)
Clean hands save lives: A vigilance that must never falter (By Christina Thielst)
Smart bandage could revolutionize wound care (KDKA-TV)
Rice researchers develop new version of hydrogel to promote wound healing (Rice University via News-Medical.Net)
Antibiotic-resistant infections on the rise (KABB-TV)

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