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April 25, 2015

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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

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

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

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

Mar. 17, 2015 — A new 'smart bandage' has been developed that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes -- and while ... read more

Mar. 13, 2015 — A multidisciplinary research team has discovered how cells know to rush to a wound and heal it -- opening the door to new treatments for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The findings shed light on ... read more

Should Paramedics Be Allowed to Give Antibiotics to Trauma Victims?

Feb. 24, 2015 — In trauma victims with open fractures, infection rates can be reduced dramatically by administering antibiotics within the first hour of injury. The finding suggests that allowing paramedics to ... read more

One Year Later, Preoperative Quit-Smoking Program Still Shows Benefits

Feb. 23, 2015 — Patients receiving a brief intervention to help them quit smoking before surgery are still more likely to be nonsmokers at one-year follow-up, reports a ... read more

Making a Better Wound Dressing, With Fish Skin

Feb. 11, 2015 — With a low price tag and mild flavor, tilapia has become a staple dinnertime fish for many Americans. Now it could have another use: helping to heal our wounds. Scientists have shown that a protein ... read more

Feb. 9, 2015 — Skin not only provides an essential protective barrier against foreign materials and pathogens, but it also helps the body retain various fluids and electrolytes. When this barrier is damaged, the ... read more

Minimally Invasive Achilles Tendon Surgery Reduces Healing Complications and Leaves a Smaller Scar

Feb. 6, 2015 — A new minimally invasive surgery for repairing a ruptured Achilles tendon requires a smaller incision, minimizes wound healing complications and leaves less scar tissue, clinicians ... read more

Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Could Protect Liver from Sepsis-Induced Damage

Jan. 29, 2015 — Drugs that are on the market to treat erectile dysfunction could have another use: they might be able to protect the liver from damage caused by sepsis, a systemic inflammatory response to infection, ... read more

Dental Experts Show Why Wound Healing Is Impaired in Diabetics

Jan. 26, 2015 — A critical molecule has been identified by a team of dental scientists that helps explain why diabetics suffer from impaired healing. Their results pinpoint a target for therapies that could help ... read more

Influenza and Sepsis: Expert Describes Warning Signs of Severe Sepsis, Septic Shock

Jan. 13, 2015 — Sepsis can be a dangerous complication of almost any type of infection, including influenza, pneumonia and food poisoning; urinary tract infections; bloodstream infections from wounds; and abdominal ... read more

Bacteria Could Contribute to Development of Wound-Induced Skin Cancer

Jan. 9, 2015 — A new mechanism by which skin damage triggers the formation of tumors has been discovered by researchers, which could have important therapeutic implications for patients suffering with chronic ... read more

Jan. 7, 2015 — While many smokers may make quitting part of their New Year’s resolution – a new study may give some yet another reason to stop – the negative impact cigarette smoke has on chronic wounds. ... read more

Ouch! When Teeth and Hands Connect, Bites May Be Beastly

Jan. 5, 2015 — Hand injuries are frequently caused by human and animal bites, prompting as many as 330,000 emergency department visits in the United States each year. A literature review outlines the potential ... read more

Human Enzyme (CD 39) Targets Achilles Heel of Sepsis

Jan. 5, 2015 — Scientists use mice to show that a human membrane-bound enzyme called CD39, which can clear the dangerous buildup of adenosine triphosphate from the bloodstream, significantly improves survival of ... read more

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