A new, portable approach could help millions of patients living with chronic wounds.
In late 2015, a team from the U.K.’s University of Sheffield launched a study with a simple premise: Could ultrasounds help heal chronic diabetic ulcers. Publishing their results in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, the scientists found that wounds in laboratory mice healed up to 30 percent faster. According to the study’s results, the ultrasound works by facilitating cellular movement, actually “waking up” those in your skin to begin the healing process.
Now, another similar project is being launched using ultrasound, and it may be ready to use in just a few years’ time.
The Photonic Crystal Enhanced Microscope will help doctors explore how stem cells operate.
In addition to teaching electrical and computer engineering, Brian Cunningham heads up the Nano Sensors group at the University of Illinois. In recent months, he and his team have been at work on a new project exploring the behavior and growth of cells. As he told Phys.org, Cunningham and Co. were specifically interested in developing a tool that helps doctors and researchers better understand processes like cell division and migration.
Taking care of your immune system can lead to efficient wound healing.
A compromised immune system can take a heavy toll on wound healing. Though there isn’t an exact number of immunocompromised people in the world, there are still countless reasons for people to have a diminished immune response, according to the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.
That list includes people with HIV and AIDS, those who are malnourished, many elderly people and even individuals with certain forms of cancer. A functioning immune system doesn’t just improve wound healing, but it impacts the entirety of your personal health and well-being. Here are four easy tips for improving your immune system:
Familiarizing yourself with key wound care terms allows you to understand your wound healing regimen.
Each year, millions of patients across the globe undergo a wound care regimen. Some of these injuries are due to accidents, while others might stem from pre-existing conditions like diabetes. No matter the cause, though, many patients enter these regimens not knowing what to expect. One of the most effective ways to ease people into treatment is to explore some of the common wound care terms and phrases. That way, people understand their caregivers and can be fully engaged with every step of the process. Here are seven wound-related terms you should commit to memory:
Computers could reveal valuable wound care insights that speed up healing.
Though technology in general has always been a cornerstone of the wound care industry, more recently computers have proven to be of special importance.
For instance, there are wound healing apps that have been developed in the last decade or so, including one from a team in Washington that has greatly expanded doctors’ ability to assess wounds. Around the same time, a team of California scientists used micro-computer technology to build a bandage that can predict the development of pressure ulcers.
Computers continue to be at the center of wound-centric research courtesy of a new study from a group at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica research center in the Netherlands.