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Melanoma Treatment Found to Also Aid Wound Healing

POSTED ON October 3, 2016  - POSTED IN Wound healing

A melanoma treatment has been shown to improve wound healing.

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.

How to Eliminate or Reduce Diabetic Foot Ulcers

POSTED ON September 29, 2016  - POSTED IN diabetic wound care

Preventative measures and the right wound care products can greatly reduce the risk for diabetic foot ulcers.

With preventative measures and the right wound care products, you can overcome ulcers.

According to the most recent estimates from the American Diabetes Association, there were 29.1 million Americans – 9.3 percent of the total population – living with diabetes as of 2012. While there are quite a few conditions associated with diabetes, foot ulcers are among the most severe.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, these diabetic foot ulcers occur in approximately 15 percent of all diabetic individuals. And while some people only associate these diabetic foot ulcers with pain or discomfort, six percent of that group will have to be hospitalized due to complications or infection, and 85% of foot amputations are preceded by ulceration.

But ulcers don’t have to have such a massive effect on patients, and there are several ways to counter these painful wounds.

Doctors Develop New Regenerative Bandages for Diabetics

POSTED ON September 23, 2016  - POSTED IN diabetic wound care

New regenerative bandages improves wound healing.

The work of Northwestern University scientists, a new bandage features a special protein that greatly improves wound healing.

Diabetic foot ulcers are not only painful, but they’re a potentially life-altering and even fatal medical condition. Of the 29.1 million Americans who live with diabetes (per figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 15 percent will eventually develop ulcers, according to a study in the journal Diabetes Care. Not only that, but as data from the American Diabetes Association revealed, 84 percent of all lower limb amputations are preceded by ulcers.

While there are already several effective wound care products available, doctors are continually exploring new ways to better combat this condition. The latest such innovation comes courtesy of a team of biomedical engineers and researchers from Northwestern University.

Adding Yoga and Meditation to Your Wound Care Regimen

POSTED ON September 21, 2016  - POSTED IN wound care

Yoga and meditation can benefit your wound care regimen.

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.

New Antibiotic Compound Discovered in Human Nose

POSTED ON September 14, 2016  - POSTED IN wound care

Study shows new antibiotic compound that could improve wound care.

Lugdunin could help stem the tide against the deadly staphylococcus aureus bacterium.

Of all the many bacteria in the world, staphylococcus aureus may be the most detrimental to preventing wound infections and treating existing injuries.

This strain has helped to usher in the era of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, per a 2010 review in Nature Reviews Microbiology, and S. aureus is among the most potent of all microbes. It’s no wonder than that S. aureus was the cause of 11.6 million ER visits between 2001 and 2003, according to a 2006 report in Emerging Infectious Diseases with patients suffering either skin or soft tissue infections. And, as the Los Angeles Times reported, over 11,000 people die each year from S. aureus infections. There is even some research that indicates that S. aureus may be linked to a higher risk for diabetes.

Though research continues into new methods to defeat this microbial scourge, new hope rests closer than we might have imagined.

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