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. 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. 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.
 "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....