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Researchers recently examined the relationship between stem cells and the healing of diabetic foot ulcers. Physicians at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, collected blood samples and wound margins from 100 patients over the course of eight weeks. With this information, they examined stem/progenitor cell counts, along with other factors.
Researchers concluded that within two weeks of care, more stem cells entered the bloodstream of patients who healed than those who did not heal. These findings show that receiving stem cell assays in early diabetic foot ulcer treatment can improve the healing of these wounds.
These findings were published in Diabetes on October 20, 2015.