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by Michael Ho


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

from the urls-we-dig-up dept

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, 22 Feb 2012 @ 5:20pm

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

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      art guerrilla (profile), 23 Feb 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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    Atkray (profile), 22 Feb 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), 22 Feb 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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        Pixelation, 22 Feb 2012 @ 7:16pm

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

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        Rekrul, 22 Feb 2012 @ 7:39pm

        Re: Re:

        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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    orbitalinsertion (profile), 22 Feb 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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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, 22 Feb 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), 22 Feb 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, 22 Feb 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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    Brock Phillimore (profile), 23 Feb 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, 23 Feb 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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