Researchers at London's Royal Free Hospital are evaluating a treatment for diabetic foot ulcers that separates stem cells from abdominal fat and injects them into the wound area, along with platelet-rich plasma taken from a patient's blood sample. Initial findings show accelerated wound healing compared with conventional treatments.
A study in the journal Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews found that 12 weeks of probiotic supplementation was associated with faster healing of foot ulcers in diabetes patients, compared with those on placebo. Patients received standard wound care in addition to capsules containing lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus casei, lactobacillus fermentum and Bifidobacterium bifidum.
A study in the journal Aging Cell found that topical administration of metformin accelerated wound healing, improving epidermis, hair follicles, collagen deposition and vascularization in young rodents. The treatment was effective in aging skin, which is more susceptible to chronic, nonhealing wounds.
Swiss scientists have created a hyaluronic acid and carrageenan hydrogel, injected with bacteria, that can be dispensed by a 3D printer into various shapes. A possible application is to use the bacteria Acetobacter xylinum, which makes cellulose and speeds wound healing, according to the study in the journal Science Advances.
Swedish and Finnish researchers are working with 3D-printing applications using cellulose nanofibrils, a plant-based biomaterial. Among its uses could be creating 3D-printed wound dressings that absorb high levels of liquid and can promote regrowth of skin cells around a wound, as well smart dressings that combine electronics to monitor healing.
Alex Azar, the nominee to lead HHS, said during a confirmation hearing that big data and predictive analytics can improve health care efficiency and outcomes, and the industry needs to continue shifting to a value-based model. Azar said one of his top priorities would be to "channel the power of health information technology and leverage what is best in our programs -- and in the private competitive marketplace -- to ensure the individual patient is the center of decision-making and his or her needs are being met with greater transparency and accountability."
You will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles, a delight in climbing rugged paths, which you would perhaps never know if you did not sometime slip backward.
Helen Keller, writer and activist
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