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Diabetes Wound Care Article Archives

April 2011

Taiwanese Study Shows New Technology Nearly Three Times Better at Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Taiwanese researchers say that a technology that uses sound waves to stimulate healing in diabetic foot ulcers is almost three times more effective than conventional hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). The technology, called dermaPACE®, is manufactured by SANUWAVE Health Inc., a medical device company located in Alpharetta, Ga.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 10, 2011

January 2011

New Wound Treatment for Non-healing Foot Ulcers

Results are expected by the end of the month in an efficacy study on a new drug that promises to improve diabetic wound care. Derma Sciences is wrapping up work on a phase 2 trial of DSC127, a drug already shown to speed up healing in animal tests.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 11, 2011

October 2010


It sounds like science fiction: a substitute for human skin, derived from human cells and used to treat difficult-to-treat diabetic foot ulcers. But it's a real product, called Dermagraft, manufactured and sold by a real company, Advanced BioHealing. The Connecticut-headquartered company is expanding its operations in Tennessee, part of an aggressive growth strategy to spread the word about its existing product and develop new ones.

comments 2 comments - Posted Oct 26, 2010

August 2010

Wound Care Company Signs Sponsorship Agreement With ADA

Epic Wound Care, a subsidiary of New York-based United EcoEnergy Corp., has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with the American Diabetes Association in support of the ADA's "Mission to Stop Diabetes®" campaign.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 20, 2010

April 2010

No More Slow-to-Heal Wounds

Researchers at Loyola University have discovered a group of immune system cells called natural killer T (NKT) cells that slow the wound healing process. Their findings pave the way for potential new treatments to accelerate the healing process in slow-to-heal wounds that can occur in people with autoimmune disorders such as type 1 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 21, 2010

August 2009

Drug That Binds Iron Could Be a Godsend For Stubborn Limb Wounds

Deferoxamine, a drug already FDA-approved for the treatment of disorders related to excess iron in the blood, may help doctors heal stubborn leg and foot wounds in people with diabetes. Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that with deferoxamine, small cuts in diabetic mice healed 10 days faster than they did in untreated mice: 13 days as opposed to 23 days. If deferoxamine works similarly on humans, it could significantly speed the healing of diabetic wounds.

comments 8 comments - Posted Aug 22, 2009

Saving Limbs by Healing Chronic Diabetic Foot and Leg Wounds

A 43-year-old Iraq war veteran with diabetes is living in Texas with his wife and four young children when he is told that he must prepare for the amputation of one of his legs.  The spreading, non-healing wounds and their complications make the amputation necessary to save not just his limb, but his life, his doctors tell him.  But he refuses to proceed with the amputation surgery.

comments 6 comments - Posted Aug 10, 2009

August 2008

Foot Care for Diabetics
Foot Care for Diabetics

The incidence of limb-threatening ulcerations in diabetics is very high, affecting approximately one in six to seven patients. Non-healing "diabetic" ulcers are the major cause of leg, foot, and toe amputations in this country, after traumatic injuries such as motor vehicle accidents. These ulcerations do not occur spontaneously; they are always preceded by gradual or sudden injury to the skin by some external factor. Preventing such injuries can prevent their sad consequences.

comments 5 comments - Posted Aug 4, 2008

July 2008

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Used to Treat Diabetic Ulcers at New Massachusetts Center
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Used to Treat Diabetic Ulcers at New Massachusetts Center

The newly opened Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Stoughton, Mass., is now offering comprehensive wound management care, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), which has been used successfully to treat diabetic ulcers.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 31, 2008

October 2007

Ask Your Doctor: Is Honey Wound Salve Right For You?
Ask Your Doctor: Is Honey Wound Salve Right For You?

The use of honey as a healing salve was recently the subject of a review of eighteen studies covering over sixty years. According to the study author, Dr. Fasal Raul Khan, honey was the bee's knees for wound healing throughout ancient history - it was even found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun, still edible after all those years.

comments 6 comments - Posted Oct 31, 2007

June 2007

U of M Researcher Develops Technique To Improve Diabetes Complications

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, June 19, 2007 - Birgitta I. Rice, MS, RPh, CHES, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, has developed a therapy that is proven to relieve leg pain and improve healing of chronic foot ulcers in patients with diabetes or peripheral arterial disease. The training protocol was published in the May/June issue of The Diabetes Educator.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 22, 2007

The World's Tiniest Surgeons: Maggots Are All Over Foot Ulcers
The World's Tiniest Surgeons: Maggots Are All Over Foot Ulcers

In days of yore, along about the time when bloodletting was considered a legitimate cure, maggots were a popular tool in the surgeon's black bag. In the Civil War, doctors employed busy maggots to clean rotten tissue from wounds that might otherwise have led to amputation.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 21, 2007

Hey Honey!  A Sweet Healing Treatment for Diabetic Ulcers?
Hey Honey! A Sweet Healing Treatment for Diabetic Ulcers?

Dr. Jennifer Eddy of the University of Wisconsin is currently conducting the first randomized, double-blind controlled trial of honey as a treatment for diabetic ulcers - not to eat, but as a salve.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 8, 2007

It's a Wash:  New Antimicrobial Solution Called Microcyn May Help Cure Diabetic Ulcers
It's a Wash: New Antimicrobial Solution Called Microcyn May Help Cure Diabetic Ulcers

Every chronic disease brings with it fears and concerns, and people with diabetes face an especially daunting possibility: infections that never heal, potentially ending in the loss of a lower limb.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 4, 2007

May 2003

Nonhealing Ulcers Respond Best to Maggot Therapy

When 18 veterans with diabetes who had a total of 20 nonhealing foot ulcers were treated either with conventional therapy or with maggot therapy, the maggots came out ahead.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 1, 2003

April 2002

Taking a New Approach

The U.S. National Institutes of Health recently awarded a $1 million grant to a research team in Scotland to begin clinical trials of a new method to treat nonhealing wounds such as diabetic ulcers and pressure sores, according to a release from the University of Dundee.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2002

November 2001

Healing Light

The use of lasers in surgery and to treat diabetic retinopathy is well known. A different type of laser, low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is now making news in medical circles.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2001

Who Let the Bugs Out?

"Maggot debridement is a valuable and rational treatment option for many ambulatory, home-bound and extended-care patients who have non-healing wounds," say researchers from the University of California, Irvine in the September issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2001

September 2001

The Buzz on Foot Treatments

Electric pulses helped to heal foot ulcers for people with diabetes, according to the results of a study out of the University of Texas that were published in the June issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2001

March 2001

Healing Is in the Air

When conventional healing methods don't provide the results the physicians intended, a more advanced treatment method usually comes into play—the use of adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2001

September 2000

Moist-Healing Bandage Helps Diabetic Foot Wounds

Podiatrists argue that moist-wound healing is of utmost importance for diabetic foot wounds to properly heal. According to Debashish Chakravarthy, PhD, head of consumer business development for Advanced Medical Solutions, a new bandage, called the Spyroflex, is specially designed to provide this type of healing environment.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2000

August 2000

FDA Approves Apligraf for Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers—Live Skin Used to Heal Foot Wounds

Only a month and 12 days after receiving recommendation for approval from a FDA advisory board, Apligraf was formally given approval for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers of greater than a three-week duration.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2000

January 2000

Live Skin Used to Heal Foot Wounds

On May 8, an advisory panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended approval of the bioengineered skin substitute Apligraf.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 7, 2000

March 1998

The Brave New World of Skin Grafting — From Foreskins to Foot Ulcers

Dermagraft, a human skin replacement for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers has been recommended to the FDA for approval on the condition that Advanced Tissue Sciences, Inc. and its partner Smith & Nephew plc perform a post marketing study.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 1998

November 1997

Wound Care: It’s Not Just Skin Deep

An estimated 1.2 million people with diabetes suffer from lower extremity ulcers each year, and of all the foot amputations in the United States, 84 percent, or 60,000 amputations, are related to diabetic foot ulcers.

comments 2 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1997

September 1997

A Gel Remedy for Wounds

The FDA found an experimental drug safe and effective for the treatment of diabetic ulcers that occur on the lower limbs and feet.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 1997

October 1996

Wound Healing Made Easier

A new topical skin cream, Iamin Hydrating Gel, promises to ease the pain associated with chronic wounds by speeding the healing process and promoting a moister environment.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 1996

June 1996

Frustrated Doctor Starts Wound Care Newsletter

Dr. Tamara Fishman has begun her crusade. With her free newsletter, The Wound Care Institute, Fishman has taken it upon herself to improve the distribution of current medical information.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 1996

May 1995

Maggot Therapy Re-Emerging: Fly Larvae Doing "Grub" Work

To most people, maggots are not their idea of a medical treatment. However, to many doctors, fly larvae do have a place in modern medicine - that place being inside open wounds.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 1995

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