Monday, May 28, 2007

Self-heal bandage helps diabetics

Self-healing bandages, which use patients' own cells, could help treat diabetic ulcers, their makers say.

The bandage is being developed by CellTran, a company linked to the University of Sheffield.

Currently, diabetics have to attend clinics over months or even years to have their wounds dressed.

Trials of the bandage have shown it can help these difficult-to-treat wounds to heal in an average of eight weeks. It is already used to treat burns victims.

Sunday, May 6, 2007


Annual treatment for osteoporosis :

A once-a-year treatment significantly cuts the risk of broken bones caused by osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, international research has shown. 
Compared with a dummy pill, an infusion of Aclasta cut the risk of broken hips by 41% and of spinal breaks by 70%. 

The condition accounts for 60,000 hip and 120,000 spinal fractures a year in the UK, mostly among post-menopausal women - and numbers are rising. 

The study features in the New England Journal of Medicine.

National Osteoporosis Society have a lot of useful information.