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Dialysis Realities
Physicians must help patients weigh prospects for extending life against reduced quality of life. Read more »

Chemoprevention Reduces Breast Cancer Risk
Women between the ages of 40 and 70 with a high risk of breast cancer should be offered chemoprevention therapy if they are at low risk of thromboembolic disease and endometrial cancer. Read more »

Exercise Combats Frailty
Limiting muscle loss is essential to older adults maintaining functional activity. Exercise can help preserve muscle, improve balance, and enhance mobility. Read more »
Editor's E-Note
Researchers have developed a new technology found to be effective for treating chronic wounds. The low-frequency, low-intensity ultrasound has resulted in significant reductions in wound size after four weeks, which presents a stark contrast to patients who received the conventional therapy.

As researchers discover more about the ways low-frequency ultrasound promotes wound healing, the therapy will likely encompass broader applications for aggressive wound treatment.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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Ultrasound Patch Heals Venous Ulcers

Researchers have administered a new method for treating chronic wounds using a novel ultrasound applicator that can be worn like a Band-Aid. The applicator delivers low-frequency, low-intensity ultrasound directly to wounds and was found to significantly accelerate healing in patients with venous ulcers, which are caused when valves in the veins malfunction, causing blood to pool in the leg instead of returning to the heart. This pooling, called venous stasis, can cause proteins and cells in the vein to leak into the surrounding tissue, leading to inflammation and formation of an ulcer.

Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia developed the technology with funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).

Venous ulcers account for 80% of all chronic wounds found on lower extremities and affect approximately 500,000 American patients annually, a number that’s expected to increase as obesity rates climb. It’s estimated that treatment for venous ulcers costs the US health care system more than $1 billion annually.

Standard treatment for venous ulcers involves controlling swelling, keeping the wound moist, preventing infection, and compression therapy, a technique in which patients wear elastic socks that squeeze the legs to prevent blood from flowing backward. Despite these measures, wounds often take months and occasionally years to heal.

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Tech & Tools
BD Ultra-Fine Nano
4mm Pen Needles

BD Medical has launched the BD Ultra-Fine Nano 4mm Pen Needle with EasyFlow technology, making it easier and faster for people with diabetes to give themselves daily insulin injections. BD increased the space inside the needle while maintaining the gauge size, increasing the flow rate by up to 149%. Learn more »

The MAP System is a clinically proven, continuous bedside monitoring system that detects and depicts the variations in pressure across a patient’s body to aid in the prevention of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers. Used on any existing bed, the system enables caregivers to visualize real-time pressure distribution data to guide effective patient repositioning. Learn more »
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Other Aging News
Metformin Proves Useful for Other Problems
Could metformin combat diseases of aging such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease? Recent research indicates it might, according to an article in USA Today.

Exercise Helps Insomnia, but Not Right Away
There’s no quick or easy cure for insomnia. But, over time, exercising may provide some relief, according to an article in the Detroit Free Press.

Chocolate May Keep Brain Healthy in Old Age
Does chocolate help improve older adults’ brain health and thinking skills? According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, researchers have discovered evidence indicating that it might.

Fearful Doctors May Order Too Many Tests
Liability concerns often prompt physicians to order more tests than a patient’s condition might typically require, according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel.
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