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The healing gel made with your own blood
Daily Mail
A gel made from patients' own blood could help heal burns more quickly — and stop wounds getting worse. The gel contains platelet-rich plasma — a concentrated mix of substances in the blood that play a role in healing. Blood is largely made up of a clear yellowish liquid, called plasma, but it also contains small, solid compounds — red cells, white cells and platelets. The platelets are important for clotting, but they also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors that are important for healing.
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High-tech lotion heals diabetic wounds
Northwestern University via Futurity
A new kind of lotion could one day help diabetic patients heal stubborn and painful ulcers on their feet, say researchers. Scientist and dermatologist Amy S. Paller and chemist Chad A. Mirkin are the first to develop a topical gene regulation technology that speeds the healing of ulcers in diabetic animals. They combined spherical nucleic acids with a common commercial moisturizer to create a way to topically knock down a gene known to interfere with wound healing.
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Injected nanoparticles treat internal wounds
Science News for Students
Ka-boom! An exploding bomb knocks a soldier to the ground. From the outside, she doesn't look hurt. But when the shock wave from the blast tore through her body, it left her fragile lungs bleeding. She needs quick treatment to survive. One day, though, an injection of tiny, wound-seeking particles might save the life of troops injured like this in combat. The microscopic tools are called nanoparticles.
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How FOXO1 protein slows diabetic wound healing
Science 2.0
A protein that normally fosters tissue repair instead acts to inhibit healing when sugar levels are high, according to a new study, and that role reversal helps explain why wounds heal slowly in people with diabetes.
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Secrets of wound healing revealed: Leader cells take initiative to cure
One of the first things budding biologists get to know is the concept of a single cell. Unlike nerdy biologists who often prefer the company of their lab notebooks, cells are highly social entities that come together to form tissue structures with other identical cells. Just like the humans they constitute, cells have a strong tendency to move around, a process that is known as collective cell migration. Collective cell migration is important in both physiological as well as pathological process, such as embryogenesis, tissue regeneration and cancer metastasis.
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    High-tech ointment speeds diabetic wound healing (Newsmax Health)
Using bacteria to heal wounds (Texas A&M Today)
Expert: Conservative treatment of blisters in burn wounds is the best (The Gulf Today)
Finding effective, cost-effective treatments for complex wounds (St. Michael's Hospital via ScienceDaily)
Doctors: We need to delay ICD-10 again (By Scott E. Rupp)

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