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August 7, 2018

Three-Minute Thesis: Healing Diabetic Wounds: A Team Approach

“Every 20 seconds, a limb is amputated because of complications in the delayed healing of chronic diabetic wounds. Understanding the mechanisms behind this delayed healing is key to developing therapies to encourage better healing and prevent the needless loss of limbs to diabetes. This project explores the link between diabetic healing and the decreased presence of a specific cell type, the pericyte, and whether targeting pericytes represents a promising avenue for the treatment of diabetic wounds.”  Read More

Striking a Balance Between Immunity and Inflammation

Hookworms infect people mostly in countries where sanitation is poor and people often walk barefoot. Working on a mouse model, a research team has studied the secretion of the immune protein RELMalpha that is triggered in the body, following infection, to protect body tissue. When the researchers knocked out RELMalpha, the mice produced super-killer macrophages that attached to the hookworm in far greater numbers. These macrophages, however, provoked increased tissue damage and inflammation. Read More

Here’s Why Wounds Heal Faster in the Mouth Than in Other Skin

Mouth wounds heal faster than injuries to other parts of the skin, and now scientists are learning how the mouth performs its speedy repairs. Some master regulators of gene activity work overtime in the mouth to heal wounds without scarring, researchers report July 25 in Science Translational Medicine. Those regulators — proteins known as SOX2, PITX1, PITX2 and PAX9 — are active in skin cells called keratinocytes in the mouth, but not in skin cells from the arm.  Read More

Oxygen Therapy: Calls for More Funding Amid Rising Use

Meet the Tokoroa man who has installed a hyperbaric chamber at home to help his wife's recovery from a stroke. Ian Stewart is championing the use of a treatment involving pressurised oxygen by calling for better access and funding for an increased number of treatments. The treatment involves patients lying inside a pressurised chamber and breathing pure oxygen. In a pressurised environment your lungs can take in more oxygen than would be possible at normal air pressure, which then stimulates growth and healing. Read More