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Archive for the 'Burns' Category

Benefits of massage to treat burn patients

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Thermal injury can cause severe physical and psychologic trauma. And, these patients commonly have severe itching and pain.

Researchers at Atatürk University, in Erzurum, Turkey, examined the effects of massage therapy on burned adolescents with pain, itching, and anxiety. (more…)

Melatonin cream protects from radiation burns in breast cancer patients

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Redness, tenderness, and swelling of the skin are common during radiotherapy for breast cancer.

Melatonin-based creams protect from these effects in rats. So, researchers at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, tested it in women with breast cancer. (more…)

Music therapy to aid burn dressing changes

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Researchers at Case Western Reserve, University School of Medicine, in Cleveland, Ohio, studied the effect of music therapy on pain, anxiety, and muscle tension levels during dressing changes in burn patients. (more…)

Indoor tanning and the risk of melanoma

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Researchers at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, report the risk.

And the tanning industry disputes the findings. (more…)

Massage to treat pruritus in burn patients

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Itchiness is a common and distressing problem among patients with burn wounds.

In a recent review, researchers from the UK listed massage as an effective treatment. (more…)

Music and exercise in children with severe burns

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Researchers from Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston, Texas studied the effects of adding music and exercise to a rehabilitation program in children with thermal injury. (more…)

Honey to treat wounds

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

 In some cases, it might speed healing, according to this review from The Cochrane Library. (more…)

FDA acts against papain

Friday, September 26th, 2008

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered companies to stop marketing unapproved drug products that contain papain for topical application to the skin. (more…)

Using maggots to clean wounds

Monday, August 4th, 2008

We’re talking about the soft-bodied legless grub that is the larva of certain flies. Their benefits include cleaning the wound and possibly speeding healing.

Medscape has a detailed review of the subject.