FDA grants fast-track status to Fibrocell's rare skin disorder treatment | Wound healing center opens in Dixon, Ill. | Okla. hospital wound center offers hyperbaric oxygen treatment
January 11, 2017
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FDA grants fast-track status to Fibrocell's rare skin disorder treatment
Fibrocell Science's FCX-007, a biotech autologous fibroblast that encodes the gene for protein type VII collagen, has received fast-track designation from the FDA as a treatment for recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. The drug candidate, currently being tested in a Phase I/II trial, is being developed as an injection for direct administration to the affected areas.
eMPR.com (1/5) 
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Wound healing center opens in Dixon, Ill.
CGH Medical Center opened a wound healing center in Dixon, Ill., that offers negative-pressure wound therapy, biological and biosynthetic dressings, bionengineered skin substitutes and growth factor therapies. CGH provides hyperbaric oxygen treatments at its wound center in Sterling, Ill.
Sauk Valley Newspapers (Dixon, Ill.) (1/9) 
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Okla. hospital wound center offers hyperbaric oxygen treatment
The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Okla., has a 90% cure rate treating wounds ranging from diabetic foot ulcers to traumatic, slow-healing wounds.
KSWO-TV (Lawton, Okla.) (1/9) 
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Researchers find way to alter cells to avoid scarring
A multiyear study in the journal Science describes a way to manipulate wound healing so that it leads to skin regeneration instead of scarring. Researchers discovered a factor called bone morphogenetic protein that instructs myofibroblasts to change to fat cells, which do not cause scarring.
The Guardian (London) (1/10) 
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Study: Skin diseases have strong negative impact on quality of life
A study in the British Journal of Dermatology found that that patients with hidradenitis suppurativa, blistering conditions, leg ulcers, psoriasis or eczemas had lower quality-of-life scores using the EuroQoL five-dimension questionnaire than did patients with such conditions as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive lung disease.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (1/4) 
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Health Policy & Regulation
HHS enacts new person-centered nursing home regulations
HHS enacts new person-centered nursing home regulations.
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The first part of a three-phase overhaul of federal nursing home regulations took effect in November, and those in the industry say the changes will improve patient experience and allow people to be more involved in their own care. Among the changes already in effect, residents are allowed to choose their own roommates, have greater protections from financial abuse, and cannot be discharged during appeal of the discharge process or while awaiting an insurance payment decision.
Kaiser Health News (1/4) 
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