Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Aisha North: A short update on the energies
December 2, 2014


A short update on the energies
December 2, 2014
by Aisha North

Once more the time seems to have speeded up, and rightly so, for now things have indeed been set into motion that will have an effect far and wide. Let us explain. As we have already mentioned, the last week’s events did indeed put into place a whole new set of coordinates into this gargantuan “machine”, and as such, we have been able to proceed at a much higher speed, and so, these events will continue to unfold in ways and in numbers that may take more than a few of you by surprise. You see, now there is no longer any reason for any of us to sit around and wait for any laggers, for now, so much has been set into motion it will indeed serve to pull the majority along with it in its wake.

Let us explain. As you may already be aware, there is such a thing as critical mass, and in this huge endeavour there have been several instances of this occurring already, but what took place over the last couple of weeks will have the most noticeable effect for you. Remember, this is indeed a process that has been going on for a long time now, it spans over far more than a single one of your lifetimes, and as such, the instance of reaching critical mass has indeed been a recurring event. But again, what took place recently will help to propel each and every one of you towards that “final destination” if we may call it that at optimum speed. And so, we ask you all to pay close attention to what will arrive within your private sphere in these upcoming days, for the signals will be many, and you will all be called to action in one way or the other. Remember, this is a huge collective endeavour, but it is one that is composed of a myriad of singular instances being carried out by individuals, and as such, we venture to guess you will all feel as if your tasks will begin to come in at a heightened speed and in increasing numbers.

Skin-cell spray gun drastically cuts healing time for burns



Skin-cell spray gun drastically cuts healing time for burns
Feb 08, 2011
by Lin Edwards
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists in the US have developed a new technique that sprays a burn patient's own cells on the burn to help regenerate the skin and drastically reduce recovery time. The gun has been under development since 2008 and has now been used to successfully treat more than a dozen patients.

The Skin-cell Gun works essentially like a sophisticated paint spray gun. It was developed by Professor Joerg C. Gerlach and colleagues of the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburg’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The concept was first introduced in 2008.

Until now burns have usually been treated with skin grafts, which involve taking skin sections from uninjured parts of the patient’s body, or growing sheets of skin artificially, and grafting them over the burn. The grafts can take several weeks or even months to heal, and during the recovery period patients are prone to infections because of the damage to the skin, which is the body’s first line of defense against pathogens.

Scientists have been able to regenerate skin in the laboratory for decades, but the process takes two to three weeks and the sheets of skin produced are fragile. When grafted on, blisters can form beneath it due to secretions, and can push up against thesheet and damage it.

Skin spraying have been in use for some time elsewhere, such as in Australia, where Dr Fiona Wood of the West Australia Burns Unit developed a method called “spray-onskin.”

Dr Wood’s method uses an aerosol system to spray on cultured skin cells. This  system also cuts healing time to days rather than weeks or months, and the technique  substantially cut the death toll in the Bali bombings in 2002.

Dr Gerlach said the new method uses an electronically controlled pneumatic device that  does not injure the cells, while the other skin spraying devices are hand-pumped atomizers.

In a process taking only an hour and a half in total, a biopsy is taken from the patient’s undamaged skin and then healthy stem cells are isolated from the biopsy and an aqueous solution containing the cells is sprayed on the burn.

The sprayed wound is then covered with a newly-developed dressing with tubes enmeshed within it and extending from each end. One set of tubes functions as an artery, while the second set functions as a vein. The tubes are connected to an “artificial vascular system” and provide electrolytes, antibiotics, amino acids and glucose to the wound. The dressing keeps the wound clean and sterile, and provides nutrition for the skin stem cells to encourage them to regenerate new skin.

After treatment the wound heals in just days, when it would have taken weeks to heal using traditional treatments. Dr Gerlach said patients had been treated at the Berlin Burn Center and they had regrown skin over a burned ear or an entire face in only a few days.

At the moment the technique can only be used on second-degree burns, but Dr Gerlach hopes it will later be able to tackle third-degree burns as well.

The research is funded by the US Department of Defense under the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) consortium of research institutions, which was formed in 2008 to research better treatments for wounded service personnel.

The Skin-cell Gun will be shown on the National Geographic channel in the episode Explorer: How to Build a Beating Heart, which looks at the latest tissue regeneration techniques.


See also: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1353070/Star-Trek-skin-gun-heals-severe-burns-days.html
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