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Scientists Create Shoe Insole That Heals Diabetic Foot Ulcers (VIDEO)

A new insole heals diabetic foot ulcers by releasing oxygen at wound sites

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A new shoe insole technology that can help diabetic ulcers heal, by customizing the insole to release oxygen at a person's wound site. (Purdue University image/Hongjie Jiang and Vaibhav Jain)
A new shoe insole technology that can help diabetic ulcers heal, by customizing the insole to release oxygen at a person's wound site. (Purdue University image/Hongjie Jiang and Vaibhav Jain)
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Injuries sustained by diabetes patients do not heal on their own. In fact, most diabetics are at risks of developing wounds that refuse to heal. With foot ulcers, the diabetes patient risks amputation as the ultimate solution.  But there won’t be the need for amputation anymore with a new oxygen shoe insole created by Purdue University researchers.

In a study published in the Materials Research Society Communications – a journal by Cambridge Core, the shoe insole can heal diabetic foot ulcers by supplying oxygen to wound sites.

Oxygen Insole Promotes Natural Healing Of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

According to reports, many diabetes patients with foot ulcers lose feelings in the affected foot. This is due to the fact that the high level of blood sugar has damaged nerves fibers in the affected foot, leading to loss of feelings. When diabetics lose feelings in their foot, they may not be aware that a foot bumped against stones or some other objects has suffered skin tissue damage, causing ulcers. A combination of high blood sugar and dry skin occasioned by diabetes slows down ulcers from healing.

About 15% of Americans with diabetes go on to develop foot ulcers. Many of these end up loosing their toes, foot or leg.

A new shoe insole technology that can help diabetic ulcers heal, by customizing the insole to release oxygen at a person's wound site. (Purdue University image/Hongjie Jiang and Vaibhav Jain)

A new shoe insole technology that can help diabetic ulcers heal, by customizing the insole to release oxygen at a person’s wound site. (Purdue University image/Hongjie Jiang and Vaibhav Jain)

The newly developed oxygen shoe insole promotes a natural healing process in diabetic foot ulcers. A Purdue professor of electrical and computer engineering, Babak Ziaie, said the shoe insole can supply oxygen throughout a day, aiding easy mobility.

Diabetic foot ulcers can be treated when dead tissues are removed from the wound and patients take their weight off the affected foot. Following this, a total-contact cast is worn by the patient to protect the affected foot.

Desmond Bell, a podiatrist in wound management and amputation prevention at the Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, and the founder of the Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation noted an affected foot can heal up faster if the insole delivers oxygen directly to the ulcer from within the total-contact cast.

Oxygen Insole Can Be Customized To Carry the Weight of Different Diabetes Patients

The Purdue scientists created silicone rubber into insoles using lasers for shaping. Then they developed oxygen reservoirs able to supply oxygen from within the insole directly to the foot ulcer. Considering that silicone is flexible and able to absorb oxygen well, the researchers used laser machining to control how much oxygen is released straight at the wound site, “rather than poison the rest of the foot with too much oxygen,” said Hongjie Jiang, a postdoctoral researcher in electrical and computer engineering.

With an individual weighing between 53 to 81 kilograms (117 to 179 pounds), the insole can release oxygen last eight straight hours if the person is standing. However, it is possible to design the insole to take on any weight and release oxygen accordingly. Based on a wound profile, a photo of the affected foot and doctor’s advice, it is expected that insole manufacturers can deliver exactly what a patient needs to heal his ulcer.

The researchers are planning to print the entire insole using 3D. And they are also planning to see how diabetics with foot ulcers will actually heal with the insoles. The scientists have filed for patency rights to the insole technology.

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Essential Self-care Measures When You’re Self-isolating

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The COVID-19 pandemic is causing millions of people to self-isolate, which means increasing numbers are confined to their homes. While self-isolation can certainly help to prevent the spread of coronavirus, it’s important to find ways to maintain your health when you’re unable to go out. 

To ensure you’re taking care of your physical and mental health during times of quarantine, take a look at these top tips for self-care during self-isolation.

1. Keep Exercising

When you’re unable to go out, your physical activity naturally falls. If you’re not unwell, however, you’ll want to remain as active as possible. Set a timer to ensure you get up and walk around your home at least once per hour. In addition to this, you may want to try creating your own home exercise routine or simply walk on the spot to raise your heart rate. 

With plenty of exercise routine videos available online, you can maintain your cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength by keeping fit, even when you’re in quarantine. 

2. Practice Mindfulness

The global pandemic is having a significant impact on mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as physical health. Spending time in isolation can increase feelings of loneliness and anxiety, so it’s essential to take steps to combat this. 

Mindfulness is a popular way to relieve symptoms of stress and reduce anxiety levels. With no need for equipment or professional coaching, anyone can begin practicing mindfulness. What’s more, it’s a great activity for people of all ages, so everyone can benefit from incorporating mindfulness into their lives. 

3. Get Enough Rest

When you don’t get enough sleep, your immunity is lowered. As well as being more vulnerable to COVID-19, lower immunity will mean you’re more likely to pick up other health conditions, such as colds and flu. Getting a decent night’s rest can help to keep your immune system working well, so be sure to practice good sleep hygiene.

As well as implementing a healthy sleep schedule, take a look at your bedroom and see what changes you need to make. If you are unwell, you may spend a lot of time in bed while you recover. If so, pressure care mattresses can be a great way to get enough rest while reducing the risk of developing pressure ulcers or bedsores. With numerous ways to make your bedroom healthier and more restful, it’s worth making changes to prioritise your health. 

Staying Connected When You’re Stuck at Home

Feeling isolated can be harmful to your emotional wellbeing, but self-isolation needn’t have a negative impact on your mental health. By finding ways to stay connected with your family, friends and community, you can overcome any feelings of loneliness. 

The internet is a great way to remain connected to the world, even if you’re unable to leave your home. With access to news, live streaming platforms and social media websites, you can remain up to date. Alternatively, stay in touch with loved ones by phone, text message and video calls to ensure you and others have the support and companionship you need. 

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Coronavirus Leads to Massive E-commerce Boost to Companies around the World

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As countries around the world move to stricter policies of self-isolation, it seems people may be shifting their retail purchase habits to the online world. E-commerce is going through a very strong and sudden boost with more and more people making purchases online rather than in person. With initial spikes in flu-related products being the main areas of boost, now things are starting to shift as people look to buy more basics and everyday items online. But what are some of the most common items people are searching for and purchasing online? There are a number that stand out.

Personal Care Items – Toilet Paper, Facial Tissue, and Paper Towel

It can be chalked up to panic buying, or people just worried and unsure of what they can do to protect themselves, but the initial massive boost of online sales can be attributed to personal care items. This would include toilet paper, facial tissue, and paper towel. Shoppers in countries around the world are complaining of bare shelves in the stores, so they are now resorting to online retailers to fulfil their requests. 

Because this panic buying and even hoarding by many shoppers out there wasn’t planned or anticipated, it has left suppliers and manufacturers struggling to meet demand. Look for this industry to play catch up over the coming weeks.

Health, Vitamins, and Supplements

Another area that is seeing a massive online presence at the moment is health and wellness-related items such as vitamins and supplements. In fact, retailers out of China are seeing sales of vitamin C alone increase by up to five times. This isn’t a trend that is being seen just in China, but around the globe, too.

What makes the health and wellness category such a popular one is the sheer volume of products consumers have to choose from too. Popular online pharmacies such as www.pharmacyonline.com.au are a great example of the variety of health and wellness products you can find online – not to mention medicine.

Over the Counter Medicines – the Essentials

Over the counter medicines such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen are also on the rise. Because these products can be purchased online so easily, consumers are opting for the click and purchase option rather than going to the store in person.

Grocery Shopping in the Virtual Universe

Then there is grocery shopping, which has also been spiking in terms of online sales. Even if it’s not a delivery service, shoppers are opting for the click and pick-up option when available. This allows them to place and pay for an order online, have a customer service employee essentially do their shopping in-store for them, and the customer simply shows up to a designated pick-up zone at a set time, and the employee loads their purchases in their car.

It seems as though the e-commerce industry is for now enjoying massive upticks in sales, but the big question is whether or not suppliers and manufacturers will be able to keep up with the demand.

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5 Health Benefits of Consuming Olive Oil

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The health benefits of dietary fats are often argued. However, experts now agree that olive oil (in particular, extra virgin olive oil) is good for our health. Here are some of the main reasons why you should include olive oil in your diet:

  1. It is Rich in Monounsaturated Fats

Olive oil includes a large amount of monounsaturated fat. Approximately 14% of this oil is saturated fat and approximately 11% is a polyunsaturated fatty acid (this can include omega-3 and omega-6).

The main fatty acid in olive oil is oleic acid, which is monounsaturated fat. This fat makes up approximately 73% of the oil. Oleic acid has been shown to help reduce inflammation in our bodies and may also play a beneficial role in the genes linked to cancer. Monounsaturated fats are a healthier choice for cooking due to them being fairly heat resistant. 

  1. It Contains A Huge Number of Antioxidants

Extra virgin olive oil, such as the one supplied and produced at https://gringocool.com/ is nutritious. Not only does it contain beneficial fatty acids, large amounts of vitamin K and vitamin E, but it also contains some powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants have been shown to reduce a person’s chance of getting a chronic disease. Two other benefits of olive oil are that it helps protect your blood cholesterol from oxidation and helps fight inflammation. Both of these benefits can help reduce your risk of heart disease. 

  1. It Might Help Prevent Strokes

Strokes happen when the blood flow to your brain is disturbed. In many countries, stroke is one of the main causes of death. The relationship between strokes and olive oil has been studied on a number of occasions. One review found that olive oil was the only type of fat that helped reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke. Another found that people who consumed olive oil were much less likely to suffer from a stroke than the people who didn’t. 

  1. It Doesn’t Contribute to Weight Gain or Obesity

We’ve all heard that eating large amounts of fat can lead to weight gain. However, a number of studies have suggested that a Mediterranean diet, which is rich in olive oil, is less likely to have a negative impact on weight gain. One study was conducted on 7,000 students. Most of the students found that consuming a large quantity of olive oil didn’t make them gain weight.

  1. It Could Help Fight Alzheimer’s

One of the most common neurodegenerative conditions in the world is Alzheimer’s. Many Alzheimer’s sufferers suffer from a build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in their brains. Some studies have suggested that olive oil can help remove this plaque. However, there is a huge amount of research still needed in this area. 

Quality olive oil has been shown to have a number of health benefits. Not only is it a powerful antioxidant, but it can also be beneficial to your brain, heart, joints and much more. In fact, olive oil could be the healthiest fat currently available on the market. 

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