Ashwinraj Karthikeyan, a University of Virginia engineering student, developed an innovative, five-layer dressing for chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers. Karthikeyan's invention, called Phoenix-Aid, helps speed healing and block pathogens from reaching the wound, he said.
The California wildfires have caused numerous burn injuries, and hospitals including the University of California at Davis Medical Center are preparing for more patients with fire-related injuries. UC Davis' burn unit is a member of the Western Regional Burn Disaster Consortium, which can provide access to additional care and beds.
Light-activated nanoparticles in combination with antibiotics can help overcome drug-resistant infections and promote wound healing, according to a study in the journal Science Advances. Researchers developed quantum dots, which are nanoparticles of cadmium telluride, that generate superoxide that makes antibiotics more effective at killing drug-resistant bacteria.
Scientist Vicki Losick of Maine's Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory is studying wound-induced polyploidy, in which cells around the center of a wound become two to three times the size of normal cells, a mechanism she noted while studying fruit flies. She will study the effect of this phenomenon with a $1.7 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
Tristan Clemons, a scientist at the University of Western Australia, is using tiny nanoscaffolds to control cell growth and wound healing, thereby reducing the development of scar tissue. Clemons also is focused on using nanoparticles to modify scar tissue and help patients with existing scar tissue.
President Donald Trump declared the Affordable Care Act "dead" and encouraged Republicans and Democrats to come together on a short-term fix for the law. The call comes after Trump said he would end cost-sharing subsidies for health insurers, a move critics say effectively "sabotages" the ACA.
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