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July 5, 2015

Implantable Antibiotic-Laced Sponges Reduce Sternal Infections in Cardiac Surgery

June 11, 2015 — Cardiac surgeons often "crack open" the flat bone that forms the middle front section of the chest, known as the sternum, in order to reach important structures. When a sternal wound ... read more

New Care Approach to Colorectal Operations Speeds Patients' Recovery Times

May 7, 2015 — Patients undergoing colorectal operations who participated in an enhanced recovery program left the hospital sooner and had significantly lower hospital costs than patients who had the traditional ... read more

Photoactive Dye Could Prevent Infection During Bone-Repair Surgery

May 7, 2015 — A green dye that sticks to bone grafts becomes antimicrobial with the flick of a light switch and could help reduce the risk of infections during bone-reconstruction surgeries, scientists report. In ... read more

Surgery for Terminal Cancer Patients Still Common

May 1, 2015 — The number of surgeries performed on terminally ill cancer patients has not dropped in recent years, despite more attention to the importance of less invasive care for these patients to relieve ... read more

As Circumcision Wounds Heal, HIV-Positive Men May Spread Virus to Female Partners: Uganda Study

Apr. 28, 2015 — Scientists report that a new study of HIV-infected men in Uganda has identified a temporary, but potentially troublesome unintended consequence of the procedure: a possible increased risk of ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — A protein that normally fosters tissue repair instead acts to inhibit healing when sugar levels are high. The role reversal helps explain why wounds heal slowly in people with ... read more

Nanotech-Enabled Moisturizer Speeds Healing of Diabetic Skin Wounds

Apr. 23, 2015 — A new high-tech but simple ointment applied to the skin may one day help diabetic patients heal stubborn and painful ulcers on their feet, Northwestern University researchers report. They are the ... read more

Finding Effective, Cost-Effective Treatments for Complex Wounds

Apr. 22, 2015 — Two new papers identify which of the hundreds of available treatments for complex wounds are most likely to be effective and which are most likely to be cost-effective. Complex wounds are a ... read more

Cell Type Responsible for Scarring, Skin-Cancer Growth Identified by Scientists

Apr. 16, 2015 — A skin cell responsible for scarring, and a molecule that inhibits the cell's activity, have been identified by researchers. The researchers also found that the cell may play a role in the ... read more

Home Skills Program for Surgical Patients Who Require Complex Wound Management

Apr. 14, 2015 — A new initiative has been launched to improve outcomes for patients requiring complex wound management. Experts note that the health care system has focused significant resources on reducing surgical ... read more

Many Nursing Home Residents Die, Don't Walk After Lower Extremity Revascularization

Apr. 6, 2015 — Many nursing home residents who underwent lower extremity revascularization died, did not walk or had functional decline following the procedure, which is commonly used to treat leg pain caused by ... read more

Apr. 2, 2015 — Treatments to regenerate skin from burns become tedious and long lasting; however, researchers report that they have developed a biodegradable membrane that allows to transfer skin cells ... read more

For Type V AC Joint Injuries, Early Surgery May Not Be the Best Approach

Mar. 28, 2015 — Early surgery may not be the best treatment option for patients with Type V AC joint injuries, according to new research. Medical researchers showed military personnel returned to duty faster when ... read more

Mar. 27, 2015 — Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical ... read more

Bundled Payments: Study Finds Causes of Hospital Readmissions Following Joint Replacements

Mar. 27, 2015 — A new study identifies common causes of hospital readmissions following total hip and knee arthoplasty procedures among patients involved in a Bundled Payment Care Initiative. By finding these common ... read more

Mar. 26, 2015 — An experimental therapy successfully tested in mice cut in half the time it takes to heal wounds compared to no treatment at all. "We envision that our nanoparticle therapy could be used to ... read more

In Debated Surgical Procedure, Technique Trumps Technology

Mar. 26, 2015 — Modern technology for healing distal femur fractures is as safe and effective as its more established alternative, without a potential shortfall of the older approach, a team of orthopedic surgeons ... read more

Higher Volume of Scoliosis Surgeries Linked to Reduced Reoperation Rates

Mar. 24, 2015 — Adolescent patients who need scoliosis surgery may benefit most from going to a hospital that performs a high volume of the procedures, according to new research. Specifically, 14.1 percent of ... read more

Diabetics With Ankle Fractures Have Longer Lengths of Stay, More Health Care Costs

Mar. 24, 2015 — American researchers have found that patients with diabetes were more likely to incur significantly greater hospital charges (mean: $26,491 diabetes versus $20,428 nondiabetes) and have significantly ... read more

Review of Global Guidelines for Sepsis Needed

Mar. 20, 2015 — Experts are calling for a global review of guidelines used to diagnose sepsis, after a study found one in eight patients with infections severe enough to need admission to an Intensive Care Unit in ... read more

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