Wound-healing process is more complex than believed, study finds | The Medicines Co.'s Orbactiv gains FDA nod for skin infections | Biodegradable wound dressing conforms to irregular shapes, seals out bacteria
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August 13, 2014
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Wound-healing process is more complex than believed, study finds
Wounds close as cells crawl to the site and a drawstring-like structure forms along the wound edge, and the drawstring works even when it contains naturally occurring breaks, researchers report in the journal Nature Physics. The research into how cells move has implications not only in wound care but also in birth defects and cancer, the lead researcher said. Jewish Business News (Israel) (8/7)
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The Medicines Co.'s Orbactiv gains FDA nod for skin infections
The Medicines Co. received federal approval for its Orbactiv single-dose intravenous treatment for acute Gram-positive bacterial skin and skin structure infections. Reuters (8/6)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Biodegradable wound dressing conforms to irregular shapes, seals out bacteria
Scientists at Tokai University in Japan have developed a nanosheet dressing made from biodegradable polyester that conforms to the contours of the human body while sealing out bacteria from a wound. The sheets adhere to flat surfaces as well as to uneven and irregular surfaces without the need for adhesives, the research team leader said. Researchers will present their findings at the American Chemical Society meeting this week. CNET (8/11)
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Health Policy & Regulation
Measure would boost Medicare auditors' training for LTCI providers
A House bill aims for Medicare auditors to establish formal training programs and increase education for long-term-care insurers and other providers. Among the information that would be supplied under the bill are audit-related updates and information on common and costly payment mistakes. McKnight's Long-Term Care News (8/11)
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CMS stops data disclosure of some medical mistakes
The CMS has ceased public disclosure of data on eight avoidable hospital-acquired conditions such as administering the wrong blood type. The agency continues to report rates for 13 conditions, such as post-surgery sepsis. USA Today (8/6)
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Providers may apply for group practice quality reporting
Eligible health care professionals may now register for group practice reporting under the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System program, the CMS announced. Registration will run through Sept. 30. BeckersASC.com (8/8)
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