If peripheral vascular disease (PAD) is not treated, it can progress toward nearly complete blockage of the arteries that supply the lower extremity with blood. Source: LimFlow System: A New Option for Treating Critical Limb Ischemia | Medgadget
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An emerging procedure called dynamic-model amputation shows how medical advancements are being made alongside technological innovations. Source: A new surgical procedure for a new tech age | Healthcare Dive
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From morbid anatomy museums to modern consent forms, medicine wants ever more control over your body – and its parts. Thanks to our SALSAmigo, the great and good Ken Godat for sharing this compelling article from Aeon. Source: Dead or alive: Medicine wants your parts | Aeon Essays
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Diabetes causes skin complications, including xerosis and foot ulcers. Ulcers complicated by infections exacerbate skin conditions, and in severe cases, limb/toe amputations are required to prevent the development of sepsis. Here, we hypothesize that hyperglycemia induces skin barrier dysfunction with alterations of epidermal integrity. The effects of hyperglycemia on the epidermis were examined in streptozotocin-induced […]
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Thanks to Prof. Jonathan Shaw for this summary of the work of Huo and coworkers
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