Research in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal found that a protein in saliva, histatin-1, aids wound healing by boosting the formation of blood vessels. "These findings open new alternatives to better understand the biology underlying the differences between oral and skin wound healing," said lead researcher Vicente Torres of the Institute for Research in Dental Sciences at the University of Chile.
A study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association found that the stage and depth of a diabetic ulcer and the presence of biofilm were better able to predict long-term healing than were other patient characteristics. Researchers also found that healing time could be influenced by hemoglobin A levels.
ViroMed has begun a Phase III clinical trial of VM202, a gene therapy for treatment of diabetic foot ulcers and related peripheral artery disease. The study's principal endpoint will be the percentage of patients with wound closures at four months.
A study in the journal Clinical Spine Surgery investigating the link between blood transfusions and postoperative infections in patients who have undergone surgery for major spinal deformities found that 36% of patients who received transfusions reported infections and only those who received transfusions reported wound infections. The findings also indicated that hospital stays for patients who received transfusions were longer compared with those who did not.
A Medical Group Management Association survey found almost half of physician practices said they spent more than $40,000 per full-time physician annually on compliance with federal regulations. The survey showed 84% of practices participated in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and 72% were reporting more than the minimum data required to avoid a financial penalty.
House Freedom Caucus members, with support from conservative activists, have drafted a petition calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to bring a repeal-only version of a bill to eliminate the Affordable Care Act to a vote when lawmakers return from their six-week recess. Advocates of the bill say the Republicans have been meeting with voters who are angry about their failure to repeal the ACA. The repeal bill, which would not go into effect until the end of 2018, is based on a version of legislation which passed the House in 2015 and would end Medicaid expansion, repeal the individual and employer mandates, end protections for pre-existing conditions and defund Planned Parenthood for one year.
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