A new surgical glue could replace sutures and be a lifesaver in emergencies with its ability to seal a wound in 60 seconds. The MeTro glue, developed by researchers at Northeastern University, Harvard and Australia's University of Sydney, combines natural, elastic proteins with light-sensitive molecules to achieve its quick-sealing properties under UV light.
An Australian study in the journal Scientific Reports found that cellphone photos alone were unreliable in detecting signs of diabetic foot ulcers. "Clinicians who use mobile phone images in daily clinical practice should obtain as much additional information as possible when making treatment decisions based on these images, and be cautious of the low diagnostic accuracy," wrote lead author Jaap J. van Netten.
A bandage made of gel-coated electrically conductive material could deliver antibiotics, growth factors and other medications to speed healing of such wounds as diabetic ulcers or battlefield wounds, according to a study in the journal Advanced Functional Materials. Patients could trigger the release of medications using a smartphone, enabling control of delivery schedules and dosages.
Researchers at the UK's University of Exeter Medical School discovered a molecule, deoxyribose-1-phosphate, that appears to aid in the regeneration of blood vessels. The discovery, published in the journal Antioxidants and Redox Signaling, could have significant implications for diabetes patients with persistent foot ulcers.
President Donald Trump plans to issue an executive order that could make it easier for individual Americans and small businesses to band together and purchase coverage on their own using association health plans, according to administration officials. The document, expected this week, will reportedly also order federal agencies to expand health reimbursement accounts and begin unraveling an Affordable Care Act rule prohibiting the sale of short-term medical insurance.
A bill that would give more than $100 billion over five years to the Children's Health Insurance Program cleared the Senate Finance Committee last week. Similar legislation was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee after running into resistance over provisions to offset the spending, including a proposal to raise Medicare premiums for wealthier seniors and cut an Affordable Care Act public health fund.
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