The gel is made from a patient’s own blood, and can help increase wound healing rates and lower the risk of allergic reactions.
The human body is a wonderful web of interconnected systems, with all sorts of mechanisms to ensure everything from proper digestion to keeping your heart beating and your lungs pumping. It’s no wonder, then, that the modern wound care industry has relied on the body itself to better address non-healing or otherwise cumbersome wounds.
Doctors have created a treatment for foot ulcers using sea salt taken from coral reefs.
In America especially, diabetic foot ulcers have become problematic in recent years. In fact, 20 percent of all diabetic individuals will develop these wounds, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Perhaps that’s why there has been a number of exciting new developments in how these ulcers are treated.
A team from China is using stem cells derived from skin appendages to improve wound healing for ulcers. Similarly, a research collective from Texas is utilizing cord cells for the same purpose. Meanwhile, a group from Northwestern University is using a mix of proteins and various cells to create regenerative bandages.
A common thread among these projects is that they rely on groundbreaking technologies. However, a group of scientists from the Wound Institute of Beverly Hills is relying on a much more elemental solution to treat diabetic foot ulcers.
Wound care product videos are linked to each customized Smart Pac.
Although the average adult reads on a seventh-grade level, according to an article in American Family Physician the majority of health care literature is written at the 10th grade level. Individuals with inadequate health literacy are more likely to be hospitalized than patients with adequate skills.
Engineered spider silk thread could help combat infections among patients with diabetic foot ulcers and similar injuries.
It’s long been established that spider silk can actually help heal wounds of varying type and severity.
Some of the most recent research into the benefits of spider silk came from the University of Akron in Ohio. Back in 2012, a team from the polymer sciences department created a special synthetic thread that could help heal damaged tendons. Right around the same time, a group from Germany’s RWTH Aachen University had a similar breakthrough with silk, though their thread also had engineering uses in airplane construction and maintenance.
Now, yet another new development with spider silk has occurred courtesy of a team from the University of Nottingham in the U.K.
The solution involves a special biomaterial that increases skin cell movement on chronic wounds.
Within the human body, there are several crucial cell types that aid in the wound healing process. In recent years, there have been several studies aimed at understanding a fundamental aspect of these cells: how they move. With more thorough knowledge of this basic function, scientists can create more effective wound care regimens.
In spring 2015, a team from Germany found that a special protein they named Merlin aids in the migration of epithelial cells. Then, in October 2016, another research collective from Shanghai noted that receptor molecules allow the immune cells known as neutrophils to travel to wounds sites and fend off invading microorganisms.
Now, a group from the University of Toronto’s engineering department has developed an exciting new way to help skin cells move faster, and that could be a huge breakthrough for diabetics everywhere.