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.
A new electronic device could heal wounds through a method that cannot be replicated with other dressings.
In the U.S. alone, there are nearly 7 million who must live with nonhealing chronic wounds, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are several methods to deal with these problematic wounds, including specialized dressings and innovations in hyperbaric oxygen therapy. An exciting new treatment on the horizon is electrical stimulation.
Doctors use varying forms of electrical charge to help stimulate wound healing. One such project, created by a team from Washington State University, makes use of an electronic scaffold device to help wounds heal more effectively.
Now, a team from the Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science has announced an exciting breakthrough in the use of electrical currents to maximize wound care potential.
Topical film could help heal chronic wounds like ulcers more efficiently.
By most estimates, including those from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 7 million Americans live with chronic wounds. Some of these wounds are more severe than others, and factors from a person’s genetics to their lifestyle choices (like diet and smoking) influence the wound healing outcomes.
Yet, as Medical News pointed out, most of these wound care regimens share one primary goal: to reduce the risk of scarring while improving overall healing rates. Doctors have all sorts of treatment options available to improve wound healing, from specialized drugs to unique dressing types, and more therapies are being developed all the time, including new skin grafts and electrical stimulation.
Now, doctors everywhere could come to rely on yet another groundbreaking treatment method.
A new treatment for melanoma has implications for wound healing.
As the Mayo Clinic explained, melanoma is a form of cancer that attacks melanocytes, or the cells in your skin responsible for its color. From the skin, the cancer can worsen and move into your internal organs. The American Cancer Society predicted 76,380 new cases of melanoma would be diagnosed in 2016 alone, and that 10,130 people would die of the disease that same year.
There are already several promising treatments for melanoma, according to the American Cancer Society, namely solutions like immunotherapy and specialized vaccines. One such therapy is not only proving to be effective in combating melanoma, it has one other important side benefit: aiding wound healing.
Yoga and meditation can help address stress and anxiety as well as provide many physical benefits.
If you’re one of the 6 million or so Americans living with chronic wounds (per figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), you’re no doubt already begun a regular wound care regimen. While these vary from person to person, successful wound healing often takes a multi-faceted approach, involving several forms of therapy, such as skin grafts, topical oxygen application, or negative pressure treatments.
But did you also know that there are alternative methods? Yoga and meditation, for instance, are two approaches that can have a huge impact on your health and well-being.