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Scientists: Wound-healing laser soon to be a reality
GMA News
Closing wounds and surgical incisions with a laser is a step closer to reality, Israeli scientists say. The futuristic technique is better than current methods, which damage tissue and can cause scarring, researchers from Tel Aviv University believe. Head of the Applied Physics Department Abraham Katzir was behind the research. He says traditional stitches or more modern glues are inferior to his new method.
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New biodegradable membrane reduces wound healing by 50 percent
Autonomous University of the State of Morelos via News-Medical.Net
Treatments to regenerate skin from burns become tedious and long lasting; however, Mexican researchers developed a biodegradable membrane that allows to transfer skin cells (keratinocytes) to burn wounds, when placed on the wound. The method reduces healing time by 50 percent.
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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.

Hi-tech to improve quality of wound care
The Gulf Today
The recent 3-D wound assessment technology has enabled doctors to standardize wound measurement and simplify care management, which in turn improves quality and outcome of wound care. "Wound care is one of the most primary methods of healing for trauma patients," Dr. Mohammed Naboulsi said.
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Lower extremity revascularization not effective in majority of nursing home residents
University of California, San Francisco via Medical Xpress
Only a few U.S. nursing home residents who undergo lower extremity revascularization procedures are alive and ambulatory a year after surgery, according to UCSF researchers, and most patients still alive gained little, if any, function.
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Sternotomy infection to be studied as primary outcome for clinical trial
Cardiovascular Disease News
A group of researchers at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besancon in France will be conducting a large, 1,000-patient, two-year clinical trial evaluating the prevalence of surgical site infection in patients who undergo a sternotomy for coronary artery bypass graft, valvuloplasty, aortic surgery, or any combination of procedures. While the prevalence of surgical site infection is the main focus of the study, the research team is also interested in the types of bacterial infection at the surgical site.
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Experts: 2015 is the year of the healthcare breach
By Scott E. Rupp
Breaches, breaches everywhere. It seems there's no shortage of news about security breaches and their effect on healthcare. In an effort to better paint the picture of breaches in healthcare, Software Advice recently published research focusing on how recent HIPAA breaches, like the cyberattacks at Anthem and Premera Blue Cross, have impacted U.S. patients' trust, treatment and retention. According to the organization, security experts warn that we're in the year of the healthcare hack.
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    Research: Common bacteria poised to become antibiotic-resistant superbugs (Washington University School of Medicine via News-Medical.Net)
Egg whites could be base for wound dressings (Eureka)
Wounds heal faster with help from nanoparticles (Medical News Today)
Providers plan to pursue Medicare's chronic care management program (By Scott E. Rupp)
Telehealth's true success starts behind the scenes (By Karen R. Thomas)

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