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Researchers Destroy Superbugs with New Polymer

POSTED ON October 28, 2016  - POSTED IN Infection

Anushka Naiknaware's innovative wound dressing uses sensors to let patients know if their wound is too dry.

A new polymer could yield promising defense against drug-resistant bacteria that cause wound infections.

Superbugs are one of the most worrisome of all the modern medical scourges. These antibiotic-resistant bacteria are plentiful, resulting in more than 2 million illnesses annually, according to the Harvard School of Medicine.

To improve the medical community’s odds of effectively combating these superbugs, researchers across the globe have developed a number of new and innovative techniques. For instance, a team from Columbia University has used specialized UV light to destroy the bacteria. Meanwhile, a group from the U.K. found that chemical manipulation can impede this bacteria.

A PhD student at the University of Melbourne has recently unveiled another exciting form of therapy that can prevent wound infections. And while this new method is still in the early stages, it is already being heralded as having the potential to change the entire scope of modern medicine, as The Telegraph reported.

New Device Prevents Surgical Site Infections

POSTED ON October 25, 2016  - POSTED IN Wound infections

Anushka Naiknaware's innovative wound dressing uses sensors to let patients know if their wound is too dry.

Researchers hope to reduce the health care costs of surgical site infections with an innovative device.

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are wound infections that occur after operations as the result of bacteria entering the incision site. There are several different forms of SSIs, including those that affect the outer layers of the skin and others that impact internal organs.

SSIs infect up to 300,000 people per year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This places a large financial burden on the health care system, as illustrated by a 2014 report in the journal Patient Safety in Surgery, which found that one SSI infection can cost over $20,000 to treat.

However, a recently unveiled device promises new hope in combating these harmful SSIs.

New Treatment Developed to Help Prevent Skin Infections

POSTED ON October 10, 2016  - POSTED IN Infection

Doctors in the U.K. have found a new treatment for skin infections.

Doctors in the U.K. have used a special protein to defeat antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains.

Superbugs, especially those like MRSA, have been receiving plenty of attention both in the media and laboratories across the world. These drug-resistant bacteria are a massive health issue, and MRSA alone causes 11,285 related deaths each year, per figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While CNN reported that rates of invasive MRSA have dropped in recent years – tumbling 31 percent between 2005 and 2011 – the problem rages on. As such, several new breakthroughs have been made into further combating MRSA and similar superbugs.

One such development, detailed in a report in the journal Nature, found that the human nose contains a powerful antibiotic compound. Now, another such innovation, courtesy of a team from the U.K.’s University of Sheffield, could prevent bacterial skin infections.

How to Pack and Re-Pack Wounds From Start to Finish

POSTED ON September 30, 2016  - POSTED IN Wound dressings

Learn the proper technique for packing and re-packing wounds.

Educating yourself on how to pack wounds will help to ensure proper wound healing.

Deep wounds require special dressings and an understanding of how to pack wounds to encourage healing and reduce the risk of bacterial infection. Proper wound packing is crucial for tissue growth at the wound’s base to prevent the premature closure of the wound and the formation of abscesses. By following the instructions below and the individual recommendations of your doctor, you can promote healthy wound healing.

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.

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