Cleveland Clinic enlists team of docs to prevent amputations | Galapagos discovers novel class of antibiotics that kill all MRSA strains | Sweat glands hold wound healing potential in diabetes
November 28, 2012
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Cleveland Clinic enlists team of docs to prevent amputations
The Cleveland Clinic's Lower Extremity Wound Clinic calls on podiatrists, interventional cardiologists and other specialists to prevent amputations in patients with diabetes. New wound care technologies offer new opportunities for healing, says interventional cardiologist Mehdi Shishehbor. Patients who are told they need an amputation should always seek a second opinion, he said. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (11/27)
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Galapagos discovers novel class of antibiotics that kill all MRSA strains
Belgian biotech firm Galapagos said it has identified a new class of antibiotics that demonstrate strong activity against drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA. The antibiotic acts against an enzyme that is key to the growth of all bacteria, the company said. Galapagos said clinical studies could begin for the antibiotic candidate CAM-1 in early 2014. (11/26)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Sweat glands hold wound healing potential in diabetes
Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School are examining the role of sweat glands in wound repair, hoping to develop treatments to enhance healing of conditions including diabetic ulcers. Sweat glands were able to produce keratinocyte outgrowths, which in turn may generate new epidermis, they said. The study appeared in the American Journal of Pathology. RedOrbit (11/21)
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Packaging company launches breathable medical tape
Berry Plastics Group, which makes consumer packaging products, is launching a flexible, breathable film tape for medical and surgical use. The copolyester tape is suitable for extended wear, such as to cover wounds, the company says. (11/27)
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Health Policy & Regulation
State Medicaid costs will rise regardless of expansion, study finds
State spending on Medicaid would rise by close to 3% through 2022 if all states were to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. However, state Medicaid costs will rise regardless of whether eligibility is expanded because more people who previously qualified but did not sign up are expected to enroll after insurance marketplaces are set up. Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (11/26), The Hill/Healthwatch blog (11/26)
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