A new form of “super honey” has proven effective at fighting off certain fungal strains.
Honey is no mere sweetener, and has long been renowned for its ability to improve total wound healing capability. In fact, as the Smithsonian Magazine pointed out, honey was used by ancient Egyptians who kept it in ceremonial pots inside a pharaoh’s tomb. Honey is so effective in wound care because it acts as a natural antibiotic, capable of fighting off several forms of bacteria. Now, researchers from the U.K.’s University of Manchester are using honey for an entirely new purpose: countering a nasty fungal strain that’s killed thousands of people.
A new prediction model could change the way chronic wound patients are treated.
Nigam Shah is an associate professor of medicine at Stanford University. Recently, he began to examine just why people experience different rates of wound healing. For instance, younger people heal fairly quickly compared to the elderly. Additionally, some diseases and other health conditions can diminish the body’s natural healing capabilities.
To better understand this phenomenon, Shah and several colleagues launched an exhaustive study of medical records from a myriad of patients the world over. The results – published recently in the journal Wound Repair and Regeneration – have resulted in a new model for better diagnosing chronic or slow-healing wounds.
The diabetic drug glyburide could be used to help heal chronic wounds.
Glyburide is among many popular drug options for Type 2 diabetes treatment. According to the U.S. Library of Medicine, the drug works by causing the body to produce extra insulin, which helps break down sugars. According to a 2008 review published in the journal Pharmacological Reports, a number of studies have demonstrated that glyburide had between an 80 and 85 percent success rate. According to a recent press release, one researcher from the University of Illinois at Chicago has announced plans to use glyburide for another purpose entirely: to develop more effective wound healing regimens for diabetic patients.
Chronic wound care is often a long and complex process.
For some people’s wounds, all it takes are regular dressing changes and a few weeks before the wound is all but entirely healed. However, for the 6.5 million Americans living with chronic wounds (per figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the experience is far more lengthy and often quite physically taxing. Chronic wound care is a complex process, a series of interconnected steps that build on top of one another to optimize results.
Despite a popular myth, scars aren’t always avoidable in wound care regimens.
Several weeks back, we outlined a number of other popular wound care myths. For instance, saltwater does not actually help wounds heal faster, and certain kinds of saltwater can even contain harmful bacterial strains. Additionally, many people seem to believe that bleeding is a good sign of a wound’s progression, which simply isn’t always the case. There are dozens more of these fables, and each one can interfere with proper wound healing regimens and potentially harm scores of future patients.