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Intervention Needed for Survivors of Childhood Burns

Adults who have been hospitalized for a burn as a child experience higher than usual rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, according to new research at the University of Adelaide.

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Proteins Critical to Wound Healing Identified

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Mice missing two important proteins of the vascular system develop normally and appear healthy in adulthood, as long as they don’t become injured. If they do, their wounds don’t heal properly, a new study shows. The research, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, may have implications for treating diseases involving abnormal blood vessel growth, such as the impaired wound healing often seen in diabetes and the loss of vision caused by macular degeneration.

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‘Shape-Shifting’ Material Could Help Reconstruct Faces

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Injuries, birth defects or surgery to remove a tumor can create large gaps in bone. And when they occur in the head, face or jaw, these defects can dramatically alter a person’s appearance. Researchers will report at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society that they have developed a “self-fitting” material that expands with warm salt water to precisely fill bone defects, and also acts as a scaffold for bone growth.

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Ithaca College Expert Available to Comment on Concussion Management, Education and Awareness

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Biomarker Could Reveal Why Some Develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Blood expression levels of genes targeted by the stress hormones called glucocorticoids could be a physical measure, or biomarker, of risk for developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Like Cling Wrap, New Biomaterial Can Coat Tricky Burn Wounds and Block Out Infection


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Wrapping wound dressings around fingers and toes can be tricky, but for burn victims, guarding them against infection is critical. Today, scientists are reporting the development of novel, ultrathin coatings called nanosheets that can cling to the body’s most difficult-to-protect contours and keep bacteria at bay. They’re speaking about their materials, which they’ve tested on mice, at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

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Trauma Before Enlistment Linked to High Suicide Rates Among Military Personnel, Veterans, Research Finds

High rates of suicide among military service members and veterans may be related to traumatic experiences they had before enlisting, making them more vulnerable to suicidal behavior when coping with combat and multiple deployments, according to the findings of several recent studies presented at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention.

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Effect of Enriching Feeding Tube Nutrition on Risk of Infection Among ICU Patients

Among mechanically ventilated intensive care unit (ICU) patients, receipt of high-protein nutrition via a feeding tube enriched with immune-modulating nutrients vs standard high-protein nutrition did not result in a significant difference in the incidence of new complications.

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Salk Scientists Uncover New Clues to Repairing an Injured Spinal Cord

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Scientists hope to borrow strategy from simpler animals to repair damaged spinal cord nerves in humans.

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Vacuum Treatment May Limit Damage after Traumatic Brain Injury

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Controlled application of vacuum pressure is a promising approach to limiting tissue damage after traumatic brain injury (TBI), suggests an experimental study in the August issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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