One doctor at Rutgers is developing wound healing technology to be used during space travel.
In laboratories all across the globe, scientists are uncovering new and exciting breakthroughs in the realm of wound healing.
For instance, a team out of Texas is blinding bacteria to prevent their spread. Meanwhile, a collective of doctors from the U.K. recently developed some intriguing new vacuum tech to treat chronic ulcers. There’s even been research into drug treatments, like how opioids may actually prevent proper wound care.
Each team has taken a different approach or tackled a unique situation or medical ailment, and that ensures a more well-rounded coverage that helps a larger pool of patients. However, few scientists have a more grand scope than Ronke Olabisi, a professor of biomedical engineering at Rutgers University.
Simple changes like regular exercise and a balanced diet can help control your blood pressure.
Though not enough people give it ample attention, your blood pressure is a huge component of your personal health. While there are often no external signs or symptoms, untreated high blood pressure – called hypertension – can lead to stroke and even heart attack.
Yet despite the many accompanying health concerns, too many people struggle with high blood pressure. In fact, according to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 75 million American adults deal with hypertension to some degree. Addressing high blood pressure not only counters those ailments, but also ensures proper wound healing.
A new program pairs diabetic patients with podiatrists to ensure early detection of harmful ulcers.
There is a profound link between diabetes and foot-related injuries for patients across the world. In fact, per a groundbreaking study published in the JAMA Network, 25 percent of all diabetics will experience foot wounds at some point in their lives. That’s because many diabetic patients must deal with peripheral neuropathy, in which they lose sensation in their hands and feet.
This can lead to cuts and other injuries, which can eventually develop into painful ulcers. And, as a report from the American Diabetes Association pointed out, nearly 20 percent of those foot ulcers will require amputation.
But that doesn’t have to continue to be the case, and there are some doctors and researchers who are taking steps to better prevent ulcers and any accompany side effects.
The SkinGun device for treating severe burns is making headway in a number of ongoing trials.
Burn injuries are a real serious health issues across the U.S. In 2016 alone, there were an estimated 486,000 hospitalizations due to these injuries, according to the American Burn Association. In order to better treat these severe injuries, doctors are always looking for new treatments to help reduce the risk of infection and regrow tissue more efficiently.
One of the more recent advancements comes from a team out of Pittsburgh, which designed a special device to treat the worst burns. The so-called SkinGun works by applying stem cells to the burn, at which point the normal wound healing process is sped up. Early trials held at Pittsburgh’s UPMC Mercy Hospital Burn and Trauma Units have had some promising success, with faster healing times and less overall scar tissue.
Now, the SkinGun is making its way into other hospitals for early clinical trials.
Japanese doctors have made an important new discovery in treating CLI, which impacts human blood vessels.
Peripheral artery disease is what happens when blood vessels in your limbs narrow, cutting off vital circulation. If left untreated, PAD can eventually turn into critical limb ischemia, or when arteries are blocked fully, leading to sores and ulcers.
According to the University of California Davis Vascular Center, CLI can be quite difficult to treat, as it’s hard to determine if and when limbs have regained standard blood flow.
Now, thanks to a group of researchers out of Japan, physicians may have some much-needed help when it comes to combating CLI.