This method of combating infections could help millions of patients who deal with drug-resistant bacteria.
For 2016 alone, the American Burn Association estimated that 486,000 people underwent treatment. As if burns weren’t already debilitating enough, many of these same people then have to deal with secondary infections that can prove especially complicated to treat.
In fact, per a report from the National Institutes of Health, infection is the primary cause for 75 percent of all cases in which a person experiences burns over at least 40 percent of their body. As Medscape pointed out, there are several ways to treat burn infections – specialized vaccines, antibacterial ointments, etc. – but they’re not always effective.
Now, though, there is new hope courtesy of a team from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
The neural tourniquet is a groundbreaking way to treat injuries and bleeding disorders using advanced technology.
According to the World Health organization, upwards of 5.8 million people worldwide die as a result of bodily injuries every year. A large percentage of those are due to blood loss, which is a continuing challenge for doctors to treat more effectively to save lives.
This process – called exsanguination – is also challenging in non-emergency settings, as bleeding disorders affect thousands of Americans, according to the Hemophilia Federation of America. In fact, hemophilia alone affects 20,000 American men.
Now, there may be new hope to deal with bleeding related injuries courtesy of a promising new device from the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.
Understanding how cells move could help doctors develop treatments for cancer and improve wound healing therapies.
Tumor cells are unlike other cell types for a number of different reasons, according to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. For one, they create energy by utilizing very specific metabolic pathways. They’re also able to turn off so-called tumor-suppressor genes, which explains how they’re able to proliferate so effectively. They even use a process called apoptosis to prevent destroying other cancer cells.
It’s these attributes and several more that make cancer cells not only hard to combat but continually reshape our understanding of how they operate. Now, a team from Drexel University in Philadelphia has made an important new breakthrough into cancer cells that would have far-reaching implications for the wound care industry.
Healthy cooking is often about planning ahead.
If you’ve put any time into trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you likely know just how important the proper foods can be. What we consume on a daily basis can have a huge impact on our personal health, from lowering blood pressure and maintaining the immune system to preventing certain diseases and other medical conditions.
It’s not just about the nutritious fruits and vegetables that you consume but how these foods are prepared that can make all the difference.
These new bamboo dressings were found to accelerate wound healing as well as prevent issue with odors.
Anyone who has even the faintest insight might be aware of the sheer number of unique material types used in the wound care industry.
There are the more traditional options, like collagen and hydrocolloid. While those options are relied on most often in hospital settings, researchers are continually making upgrades and improvements. Part of that expansion means new materials. For instance, fish have become a frequent source for wound dressings, as their skin contains several beneficial compounds. However, not all new dressing types are as organic; some feature computer technology to make monitoring a snap.
Now, another dressing-related breakthrough has emerged courtesy of a team of doctors from the Centre of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing in Punjabi, India.