Southern Md. hospital opens wound care center | Smith & Nephew expands wound care offering with Healthpoint buy | Topical simvastatin encourages wound healing in mouse study
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December 5, 2012
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Southern Md. hospital opens wound care center
MedStar St. Mary?s Hospital opened its new Wound Healing Center, featuring two hyperbaric oxygen chambers and 3,000 square feet of space. The hospital also won its sixth Delmarva Foundation Medicare Excellence Award. Southern Maryland Newspapers Online (11/30)
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Smith & Nephew expands wound care offering with Healthpoint buy
Smith & Nephew has agreed to pay $782 million to acquire Healthpoint Biotherapeutics, maker of the Santyl ointment used to debride wounds of dead tissue. The deal is expected to allow Smith & Nephew to gain a foothold in the bioactive wound care market and strengthen its advanced wound management business, CEO Olivier Bohuon said. Bloomberg (11/28)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Topical simvastatin encourages wound healing in mouse study
Topical application of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin in a petroleum jelly encouraged wound healing in diabetic mice faster than petroleum jelly alone, researchers report in the American Journal of Pathology. The drug appeared to encourage growth of new blood vessels and new lymphatic vessels, the researchers said. HealthDay News (11/29)
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Startup develops early warning devices for foot ulcers
Canadian medical device maker Orpyx Medical Technologies is developing a pressure-sensitive device that alerts patients with diabetes that they might be developing a foot ulcer. The company is also working on a device to improve gait and balance in people with peripheral neuropathy and alert them when they are at risk for developing a foot ulcer. MedCityNews.com (11/29)
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Companies introduce polyurethane foam wound dressing
Bayer MaterialScience and Filtrona Porous Technologies each introduced polyurethane-based foams for wound care applications at a trade show in Germany. PlasticsToday.com (11/30)
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Health Policy & Regulation
Poll: Voters favor protecting long-term care
More than 80% of registered voters say Congress should not cut nursing home benefits as part of a balanced budget deal, an American Health Care Association survey found. "We hope lawmakers heed these views that are important to their constituents," AHCA President Mark Parkinson said in a statement. "In fact, more, not less, funding should be the goal of policymakers as boomers continue to age," he said. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (12/3)
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