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.
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.
A new study has found that stem cells can aid the regrowth of cavities.
The use of regenerative medicine has a lot to offer the greater wound care industry. Through a series of biological modifications and interventions, doctors the world over have been able to regrow everything from ears and chunks of skin to several different organs. In the last few months alone, there have been a few exciting such breakthroughs in regeneration.
Recently, a team from California and Pennsylvania unveiled an all-natural approach to scar prevention. Publishing their findings in the journal Science, the research collective was able to manipulate skin and fat cells like myofibroblasts and adipocytes to regrow tissue layers fully in a just a few day’s time.
Now, another exciting breakthrough in regenerative medicine focuses less on skin and more on dental health.
Flu prevention takes a few simple steps that some people don’t always follow.
Every winter season, countless Americans come down with the cold or flu. These issues affect people of all ages and health backgrounds, and having the cold or flu can range from minor annoyance to a more serious medical concern that requires hospitalization. These bugs can be so severe that, as the Yale Scientific pointed out, your immune system becomes impeded. In turn, this lowered defense can impact your greater wellbeing, like delaying proper wound healing. That’s why it’s so essential to take as many steps as possible to protect yourself from or reduce the impact of the cold or flu.
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.