Is Accelerated Healing a Possiblity?

by pederseb19 on May 10, 2017 - 10:19pm

 

               In today’s modern medicine, there are many surgical practices that leave patients with heavy scarring that does not heal with time. Also, having exposed wounds even in sterile hospital rooms can cause bacterial infections such as MRSA to set in and wreak havoc on the patient’s body. What if those scars and lingering open wounds were a thing of the past? At the National Institute of Health researchers have found a new role for a gene called heat shock protein 60 or Hsp60 that is well known for its role in ensuring correct protein folding.[1] However, it’s been found that when this gene is applied directly to injured skin in a gel form, the wound heals dramatically faster and reduces scarring.[1] This sort of treatment would have a significant impact for many people in hospitals and individuals suffering from an illness such as diabetes that have trouble healing when injured.

               I’m interested in this particularly because of the medical benefit that hsp60 has the potential to provide millions of Americans. Personally, I have a family member with Melanoma who I believe would benefit greatly if this was currently optional for human treatment. In a less drastic setting hsp60 could be applied to a child’s scrapped knee much like disinfectant. Or, in a more serious setting, it could be applied to help heal things like puncture wounds or an individual recovering from surgery. Even though hospital patients are in sterile rooms, MRSA is still an ever present threat to anyone with an open wound. Perhaps, with enough research and testing, hsp60 can be used to help mitigate infections like MRSA and help patients recover in record time.

 

References:

[1] "2016 News Release: NIH researchers unveil new wound-healing role for protein-folding gene in mice." National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2017. <https://www.genome.gov/27567002/2016-news-release-nih-researchers-unveil....

Comments

I have one article summited in this class about Hsp60 before, and I think this medicine can only apply on a small open wounds but not in surgery. can this medicine wok well on diabetic patients because I have some experiences that some medicine like this don't really work for them?

Hi! I greatly enjoyed reading your article about a newly discovered gene called Hsp60 which is found to accelerate the healing process of wounds! It was interesting, new, intriguing and hopeful. I can guarantee that many readers love to read about articles that give them hope in the world since most media services offer stories of tragedy and despair. Accidents happen so often and affect so many people that a gene like this would be a great advantage to patients and victims as well as help cause relief among their family and friends. People are so busy these days with work, family, activities and personal life therefore, having people’s wounds heal more effectively in a shorter period of time could help many go back to their normal routine faster. If this protein were applied to injuries as gel, as mentioned in your post, to people suffering from post-operational wounds and burns could be cleared from hospitals faster and allow for more patients to be healed. It is an incredible discovery that reminds us of the scientific and technological progress our world is making. Furthermore, I admire your personal touch about a family member since it helps the reader relate and feel moved, further intensifying their interest for your post and the article you reference. Your example of how this product could be used in everyday life as well as in more serious situations really helps the reader understand what the Hsp60 gene does and how it could be useful. However, I think you could add a little bit about how the gene accomplishes such revolutionary action on a molecular level. I have found this article which relates to your post and I think you would find it interesting. This article is entitled “Scientists discover gene for advanced healing and limb regeneration” and it discusses a different gene, the Lin28a gene, which is responsible for tissue regeneration in animals while in the womb. This leads scientists to wonder if such a gene could be effectively re-created in humans to give them a wolverine-like recovering strength. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/scitech/science/334725/scientists-discove...

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