Nanotech-enabled moisturizer speeds healing of diabetic skin wounds?

Nanotech-enabled moisturizer speeds healing of diabetic skin wounds.

This from colleagues at Northwestern published in PNAS. Thanks to our SALSAmigo Justin Sierchio for this great find!

Scientist and dermatologist Amy S. Paller and chemist Chad A. Mirkin are the first to develop a topical  technology that speeds the healing of ulcers in diabetic animals. They combined  (SNAs, which are nanoscale globular forms of RNA) with a common commercial moisturizer to create a way to topically knock down a gene known to interfere with wound healing.

Type 2 diabetes and its enormous associated costs are on the rise in the United States. More than one-fifth of the 27 million type 2 diabetics in the country have chronic, non-healing skin wounds, and many undergo amputation. The Northwestern discovery offers a possible solution to this serious problem.

“Finding a new way to effectively heal these resistant diabetic wounds is very exciting,” said Dr. Paller, director of Northwestern’s Skin Disease Research Center. “But, in addition, this study further proved that SNAs—in nothing but common moisturizer—can penetrate the skin barrier, a challenge that other therapies have been unable to conquer.”

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-04-nanotech-enabled-moisturizer-diabetic-skin-wounds.html#jCp

David G. Armstrong

Dedicated to amputation prevention, wound healing, diabetic foot, biotechnology and the intersection between medical devices and consumer electronics.

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