Body-fat cells used to treat diabetic foot ulcers | Study: Probiotics speed healing of diabetic foot ulcers | Study: Topical metformin hastened wound healing
December 6, 2017
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Body-fat cells used to treat diabetic foot ulcers
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.
The Daily Mail (London) (12/2) 
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Study: Probiotics speed healing of diabetic foot ulcers
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.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (12/5) 
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Study: Topical metformin hastened wound healing
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.
Science Trends (11/29) 
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Bacteria-infused hydrogel can improve wound care
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.
Scientific American online (12/1) 
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3D-printed biomaterial promising in wound healing
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.
3Ders (Netherlands) (11/29) 
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Health Policy & Regulation
HHS nominee says technology can improve efficiency, outcomes
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."
Health Data Management (free registration) (11/30) 
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