Advanced, personalized care prevents patient's foot amputation | Blacks with diabetes show higher leg amputation risk | Researchers say vancomycin remains effective against Staph
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October 22, 2014
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Advanced, personalized care prevents patient's foot amputation
Intensive, multipronged treatment may have saved a 50-year-old New York woman from having her foot amputated. The woman has diabetes and sustained a severe infection in her foot, which her physician said would have to be amputated. Instead, wound-care specialists at Wound Center of Niagara treated her with advanced wound therapies, including hyperbaric oxygen, and helped her learn to take better care of herself. The Tonawanda News (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) (10/19)
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Blacks with diabetes show higher leg amputation risk
A report by the Dartmouth Atlas Project revealed black Medicare beneficiaries were up to three times as likely as other patient populations to suffer leg amputation due to diabetes and peripheral arterial disease complications. Researchers also found the rate of leg amputation was up to seven times higher in black patients residing in the rural Southeast compared with other regions. U.S. News & World Report/Data Mine blog (10/14)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Nanotechnology gets wound-care experts thinking small
Nanotechnology is increasingly being tested in wound healing, and moist wound healing is particularly well-suited to nanoparticles, says Adam Friedman, the director of dermatologic research at Montefiore-Einstein College of Medicine. Nanoparticles of silver, curcumin and nitric oxide; nanoparticle-mediated small interfering RNA; and nanofibrous membranes impregnated with fibroblasts and growth factors are among the nanotechnologies being studied for wound healing, Friedman says. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times (10/17)
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Transcutaneous oximetry could predict poor wound healing in sarcoma patients
Measuring transcutaneous oxygen levels just prior to surgery might predict which sarcoma patients are most likely to suffer wound-healing complications after radiation and surgery, a small study from Loyola University Medical Center found. Surgical wounds healed without complications in patients who had pre-surgery transcutaneous oxygen levels higher than 25 mm Hg, but some patients with levels lower than 25 mm Hg had complications, researchers reported at the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society meeting. Science World Report (10/17)
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Lasers, stem cells gain traction in wound healing
Studies have found that lasers and light-based devices might encourage wound healing, dermatologist Tania Phillips said at the annual meeting of the Canadian Dermatology Association. Phillips, director of the Dermatology Wound Clinic at Boston Medical Center, also noted that sprays containing human allogeneic fibroblasts and keratinocytes, and bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells have shown promise. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times (10/20)
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Health Policy & Regulation
FDA launches drug quality office
The FDA will open the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality on Jan. 1 in an effort to oversee drug quality throughout a product's lifetime. The new office will give drugmakers "a single drug quality assessment that captures the overall OPQ recommendation on approvability, and OPQ will provide feedback on quality deficiencies earlier in the review cycle," said Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Director Dr. Janet Woodcock, who will lead the new office on an interim basis. Regulatory Focus (10/16)
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