A new study has found that depression and anxiety can increase the risk of post-surgical complications
Depression and anxiety are normal parts of everyday life for millions of Americans. According to figures from Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety is the most common form of mental disorders, affecting about 40 million U.S. adults. Depression, meanwhile, impacts the lives of 15 million American adults.
Presbyterian hospital in New York is taking a multi-tiered approach to treating burns.
Caring for burns, regardless of severity, is one of the more complicated approaches in the entirety of the wound care industry. Given the depth of these injuries, and how easy it easy to make large-scale mistakes, researchers are always finding new ways to treat burns.
In the last few months alone, there have been a number of exciting developments, including a SkinGun that uses stem cells to repair burns and a video game system to help patients cope with dressing changes.
Now, a group of doctors from the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center are taking a slightly different approach to treating burns.
Doctors with Emory University have found that the peppertree can counter the MRSA superbug.
For thousands of years, people have known certain trees and plants have healing proprieties. One such piece of shrubbery is the Brazilian peppertree. According to the RainTree tropical plant database, the peppertree has unique chemicals that can improve wound healing rates as well as modulate the inflammatory response.
And the evidence isn’t just anecdotal, as there’s plenty of research to back up the peppertree’s power. According to a 2015 study published in the journal Acta Cirurgica Brasileira, oils made with the plant increased the speed of tissue regeneration in a group of laboratory rats.
Now, a research team out of Emory University has found another important use for the peppertree.
There is a whole array of plants that can aid the wound healing process.
While many of the important developments in wound healing come from laboratories, there are so many powerful solutions that grow right in the natural world. Specifically, many medical professionals rely on a wide array of therapeutic plants including yarrow, which helps heal scar tissue from burns, and calendula, noted for its ability to increase blood flow.
But those only scratch the surface, and there is a veritable garden of plants used in wound care regimens.
New genetic studies of shark species has found insight into their powerful immune systems that one day might aid humans
In the past, we’ve touched on just how essential fish are when it comes to advancing wound care research. For instance, studying the zebrafish has given scientists important new insights into how to address issues with tissue regeneration and inflammation.