Genetically-Modified Maggots Could Help Wounds Heal Faster

Scientists at North Carolina State University are bringing an 18th century wound treatment into the 21st century. They’ve genetically modified maggots to secrete a human growth factor to promote healing while they clean people’s wounds.

Source: Genetically-Modified Maggots Could Help Wounds Heal Faster

The news about benefit for leg and feet ulcers is something those of us with blood clotting issues experience too.  It’s gross, I don’t recommend searching for images of it.  But those pictures led me to wear compression socks.  Not medical grade currently – commercial grade socks can be difficult on their own.

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Skin From Human Cadavers Helps Wounds Heal Better

Human skin from cadavers that has had its cells removed can help treat wounds, researchers say.

This new treatment could prove especially helpful for chronic skin wounds, which are a growing threat to public health, scientists added. According to the National Institutes of Health, treating such wounds costs the United States more than $25 billion annually.

Source: Human Cadavers Provide New Skin for Chronic Wounds

The process to make it work sounds similar to the news about “growing” lungs.  But cadaver parts have been used for years – cartilage, tendons…

This news is particularly good for anyone who has had a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).  Postthrombotic syndrome (PTS) is a problem that can develop in nearly half of all patients who experience a DVT in the leg.  Leg ulcers are one symptom of PTS… I do not recommend image searching for “leg ulcer”, or “venous skin ulcer”.

It’s also good news for burn victims – some of which are children. 😦

Airline Food Doesn’t Have To Be Junk Food

Anyone who has ever been served food on an airline probably found that food to be high in salt and/or fat, and running the temperature spectrum from partially thawed to molten hot. But one company, called Vitalit is offering options that are equally healthy and refreshing.

Source: Airline Food Doesn’t Have To Be Junk Food

I haven’t flown since going on warfarin/coumadin.  Given the research backing up that we should not be sitting, I think I’ll be asking my doctor if wearing compression socks would be a good idea while traveling. I don’t have to, but a specialist gave me a scare when they talked about compression socks and leg ulcers (don’t image search for this during or after having eaten).

Compression socks are becoming popular with running related exercise (triathlon, running, etc) but I currently believe that medical grade compression socks are tighter than off-the-shelf recovery compression socks.  There’s also compression socks for while you’re exercising.  The socks come in various colours, but I think I’ll take black over the obnoxious pink…