One doctor at Rutgers is developing wound healing technology to be used during space travel.
In laboratories all across the globe, scientists are uncovering new and exciting breakthroughs in the realm of wound healing.
For instance, a team out of Texas is blinding bacteria to prevent their spread. Meanwhile, a collective of doctors from the U.K. recently developed some intriguing new vacuum tech to treat chronic ulcers. There’s even been research into drug treatments, like how opioids may actually prevent proper wound care.
Each team has taken a different approach or tackled a unique situation or medical ailment, and that ensures a more well-rounded coverage that helps a larger pool of patients. However, few scientists have a more grand scope than Ronke Olabisi, a professor of biomedical engineering at Rutgers University.
Simple changes like regular exercise and a balanced diet can help control your blood pressure.
Though not enough people give it ample attention, your blood pressure is a huge component of your personal health. While there are often no external signs or symptoms, untreated high blood pressure – called hypertension – can lead to stroke and even heart attack.
Yet despite the many accompanying health concerns, too many people struggle with high blood pressure. In fact, according to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 75 million American adults deal with hypertension to some degree. Addressing high blood pressure not only counters those ailments, but also ensures proper wound healing.
Eating more grains, like this barley soup, is one way to help ensure proper nutrients.
In a recent post, we explored the importance of healthy cooking every day. Things like avoiding high-sodium food and controlling your intake of fatty foods can make a huge difference to your personal well-being. This is done not just by preventing ailments like certain cancers and cardiovascular disease but also by helping ensure proper wound healing. That advice only scratches the surface, though, and there are a slew of other pointers to help you cook the tastiest and health-friendly food.
A new therapy called Aurix promises to improve tissue regrowth for painful ulcers.
Perhaps of all the many recent advancements in the wound care industry, there is one trend that’s proved most intriguing. Over the last few years, a number of research teams have created advanced solutions for wound healing with material taken directly from the patient.
For instance, one scientist from Lehigh University is using skin cells to help create longer lasting grafts. At the same time, a team from Michigan created a special mix of polymer and stem cells to regrow bones. Doctors in China have even found stem cells in skin appendages, and that will lead to new therapies to help with chronic wounds.
Today, another important solution takes a huge step from research to approval for wide-scale use.
A new hydrogel has been developed that can be applied and removed in no time flat.
Whether on city streets or the battlefield, traumatic injuries are a massive threat to large swathes of Americans. According to some estimates from the Amputee Coalition, of the 2 million people in the U.S. who live with limb loss, 45 percent of those cases were the result of trauma, and another 185,000 amputations occur every single year.
In order to better prevent these injuries, the U.S. military and several private organizations have come up with a slew of handy wound care devices. For instance, the Food and Drug Administration had a hand in creating XSTAT 30, a revolutionary new form of wound dressing. Around the same time, the Office of Naval Research created a special wound wrap to prevent amputations.
Today, another important tool for treating these traumatic injuries is unveiled courtesy of a team from Boston University.