Wound Healing

Ask the treatment expert ... about wound drainage

Ask the treatment expert ... about wound drainage

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While moisture promotes wound healing, what about those wounds that have a lot of drainage?

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Ask the treatment expert ... about choosing a wound dressing

Ask the treatment expert ... about choosing a wound dressing

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With so many wound care dressings and treatments available, how can you make the right decision?

Avoid treating persistent wounds with aspirin: Study

Avoid treating persistent wounds with aspirin: Study

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Non-aspirin pain relievers may be a better choice for residents with chronic wounds, according to new research.

Ask the treatment expert ... about timing negative pressure wound therapy

Ask the treatment expert ... about timing negative pressure wound therapy

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Can you give me some guidelines regarding when I should start negative pressure wound therapy and when it should be discontinued?

Infection detection

Infection detection

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Prompt treatment and novel therapies hasten wound healing, but steady (even if slow) is still the overall goal when it comes to keeping wounds free from infection

Ask the treatment expert ... about wound healing principles

Ask the treatment expert ... about wound healing principles

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I am a registered nurse and very interested in wound care. I understand that there are some general "wound healing principles." Can you explain?

Metabolic molecule impedes wound healing, study finds

Metabolic molecule impedes wound healing, study finds

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Poor wound healing can lead to amputations, or worse. New findings have helped unearth what happens to tiny blood vessels in the body to slow wound healing in diabetics.

New findings explain stubborn wounds

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Why do chronic wounds repair so slowly? Blame a toxic healing environment, new study results assert.

Ask the treatment expert ... about signs of wound healing

Ask the treatment expert ... about signs of wound healing

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What should I see if a wound is healing as expected?

Researchers ID helpful, harmful enzymes

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In a breakthrough discovery, University of Notre Dame researchers have identified enzymes that can harm or help the way that wounds heal.

Study finds that frequent debridement speeds healing

Study finds that frequent debridement speeds healing

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It may be a stretch to say that a clean wound is a happy wound. But a new study finds that debridement appears to at least speed up the healing process.

Study: normally helpful cells can sabotage wound healing

Study: normally helpful cells can sabotage wound healing

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Recovery can be delayed when the body produces too many mast cells, which are normally helpful. At least, that's according to an article published in the July issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology. Investigators found that an overabundance of these cells also leads to the overproduction of IL-10, which prevents certain white blood cells from reaching the wounded area.

Ask the treatment expert ... about negative pressure wound therapy

Ask the treatment expert ... about negative pressure wound therapy

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Q: What are your thoughts on accelerating wound healing in chronic wounds with adjunctive therapies? A: With chronic wounds, the healing process is slowed or in some cases, completely stalled. Therefore, the healing time exceeds four weeks. Some examples of chronic wounds include pressure ulcers, vascular ulcers and ulcers related to inflammatory diseases.

Plasma protein injections help chronic wounds heal

Plasma protein injections help chronic wounds heal

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Chronic diabetic wounds can completely heal if they are injected with a plasma protein called plasminogen, according to new research from Umea University in Sweden.

Nanoparticles in daily items pose danger

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Pure gold nanoparticles found in everyday items such as personal care products can slow wound healing and accelerate skin aging, according to new research results.

American Geriatrics Society reverses recommendation on elderly diabetics' aspirin use

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Elderly people with type 2 diabetes should not take aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease, according to draft guidelines from the American Geriatrics Society. The organization reversed its previous recommendation on aspirin usage in its recently updated "Guidelines for Improving the Care of the Older Adult with Diabetes Mellitus."

Oxygen exposure does not promote healing for diabetic foot ulcers, researchers discover

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Researchers found oxygen treatment for diabetic patients may actually hurt the wound healing process, a finding at odds with long-standing beliefs about the benefits of the treatment.

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