Risk factors for mortality in patients with pressure ulcers
As reported in the International Wound Journal, 90- and 180-day mortality amongst hospitalized patients with pressure ulcers was associated with diabetes, chronic renal failure, congestive heart failure, and metastatic cancer. Ninety-day, but not 180-day mortality, was associated with myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular disease, liver disease, and HIV/AIDS. The only laboratory parameter associated with mortality rates was albumin.
Down-regulation of IGF-1 involved in male pattern baldness
As reported in Experimental Dermatology, secretion of IGF-1, IGFBP-2, and IGFBP-4 is decreased in the dermal papillae of balding hair follicles compared to non-balding hair follicles.
sCD40L suggests sub-clinical atherosclerosis in psoriasis
As reported in the International Journal of Dermatology, sCD40L levels are elevated and brachial artery flow-mediated dilation is decreased in patients with chronic plaque-type psoriasis (n=56) without known cardiovascular disease compared to healthy controls.