DailyDirt: Alternatives To Time For Healing All Wounds...

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The days of barbers applying leeches as a healthy regime for bloodletting is long gone (thankfully). But there are still a lot of medical practices that haven't changed that much over time. The history of bandages stretches back thousands of years, so it's not too surprising that some improvements could be added to them. Here are just a few somewhat recent inventions for helping wounds heal. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.


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    Rossini, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 5:20pm

    They still use leeches but the barbers are not usually applying them.

     

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    Atkray (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 5:30pm

    Anyone that has ever had the 2 day itchies from fiberglass insulation is going to be resistive to the idea of glass fibers healing.

     

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    Michael Ho (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 5:53pm

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    Yah.. I was wondering about the choice of glass, too. If researchers wanted to create "cotton-like fibers" for better bandages, why not modify cotton fibers (instead of using glass or some other materials)?

     

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    orbitalinsertion (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 6:37pm

    Wound vacs are pretty good, in my experience. Never seen a little bellows pump version, though. That probably would be handy in field situations or for smaller wounds. The better 3M adhesive would go a long way to making this more comfortable when changing dressings. (Nothing like ripping off your skin around an open surgical wound for a bad experience.)

     

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    Pixelation, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 7:16pm

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    I suppose the might make great insulation when they pass away...

     

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    Rekrul, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 7:39pm

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    Yah.. I was wondering about the choice of glass, too. If researchers wanted to create "cotton-like fibers" for better bandages, why not modify cotton fibers (instead of using glass or some other materials)?

    I guess because cotton doesn't dissolve in the wound like this substance does.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 10:59pm

    “The days of barbers applying leeches as a healthy regime for bloodletting is long gone (thankfully).”

    No it isn’t.

    This might also be of interest.

     

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    Michael Ho (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:18pm

    Re: “The days of barbers applying leeches as a healthy regime for bloodletting is long gone (thankfully).”

    sure, leeches are used in medical procedures.. but not by barbers! (Or remind me to avoid wherever you get your hair cut.)

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:59pm

    Re: “The days of barbers applying leeches as a healthy regime for bloodletting is long gone (thankfully).”

    “Barbers” also did surgery, back in the day when “doctors” considered that beneath themselves.

     

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    art guerrilla (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 4:24am

    Re: leeches

    beat me to it...
    not only still used, but used in 'merika; especially for cases where fingers/thumbs/etc are re-attached after getting severed, and the leeches are used on the appendages to stimulate blood flow...
    i think there are other reasons to use them, too...
    everything old becomes new again...
    art guerrilla
    aka ann archy
    art guerrilla at windstream dot net
    eof

     

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    Pixelation, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:13am

    Re: Re: leeches

    Maggot therapy is another one for the squeamish...

     

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    Brock Phillimore (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:39am

    HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) is one of the most effective methods of reducing the amount of time it takes to heal. It increases the body's natural ability to create stem cells by 800%. You seem to heal like someone less than half your age. It is one of the worst kept secrets for professional sports teams to speed up recovery time.

     

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    ShellMG, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 10:36am

    My mom used to work for the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor and told me about the leeches. I would hope they use them on unconsious or heavily-sedated patients.

     

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