Review: Men with diabetes may need more foot treatment | Patients make appointments before W.Va. wound center opens | Inventor looks to expand market for liquid bandage
November 14, 2012
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Review: Men with diabetes may need more foot treatment
A review of the cases of 496 diabetes patients found that 33% of men had ulceration while 20% had to undergo amputation, compared with only 18% and 7%, respectively, in female patients. The findings in the journal Endocrine suggest that men with diabetes may need more intensive treatments for foot complications associated with the disease, researchers said. The study looked specifically at patients diagnosed with or at risk of foot complications. News-Medical.Net/medwireNews (11/8)
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Patients make appointments before W.Va. wound center opens
Fourteen patients had already scheduled appointments before the ribbon was cut at City Hospital's Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine in Martinsburg, W.Va. "Often times we can just look at a wound and know exactly why it's not healing," Director Ginna Reep said. "Other times it takes us a little longer with some diagnostic testing, but we definitely have the expertise to know why these wounds haven't healed." WHAG-TV (Hagerstown, Md.) (11/9)
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Inventor looks to expand market for liquid bandage
The inventor of Nuvaderm has received FDA approval to market the product as a liquid bandage and is awaiting an expanded indication to treat toenail fungus. A few drops of the product on minor cuts helps block moisture but not air and relieves pain, Jerry Chesson says. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (11/11)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Cadaveric skin encourages wound closure in study
Skin transplanted from cadavers performed well in a study of 145 patients with chronic ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, necrotizing fasciitis or acute traumatic wounds. All wounds treated with cadaveric skin had adequate granulation and were eventually closed using a skin autograft, indicating that cadaveric skin can be used instead of dermal or bi-layered skin substitutes, hydrocolloids and composite dressings, the researchers report in the journal Wounds. Medscape (free registration)/Wounds (11/1)
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Device creates 3D images of wounds
Eykona Medical, a University of Oxford spinoff, has developed a mobile imaging system that uses two cameras and four high-powered flash modules to create 3D images of wounds. Software estimates the wound's size, depth and skin tone from the image and allows color changes to be tracked over time. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (11/9)
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Health Policy & Regulation
Insurers offer new long-term care options
Though relatively few insurers participate in the long-term care market, those that do have started offering more options. New products include shared care policies that transfer benefits to the surviving spouse when one dies without using it, riders attached to life insurance policies that disburse benefits as life insurance if the long-term care benefit is not used, and partnership programs that allow patients to retain more assets if they apply for long-term care through Medicaid. USA Today (11/13)
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