Wounds heal because growth factors enable them to progress through the healing process. Growth factors are produced in cells and then travel from the cell as chemical messengers instructing other cells to grow and heal. Wounds go through three phases: inflammation, proliferation and then maturation. Each stage is controlled by growth factors which co-ordinate the process. Growth factors are now produced by pharmaceutical companies using genetic engineering and DNA technology. Some growth factors have been taken from cow brains.
Publication Name: Nursing Times
Wholistic care: healing a "sick" system
The Franciscan Wholistic Health Center, in collaboration with a traditional hospital, has sought to combine health care delivery on the spiritual and scientific levels. Wholistic care focuses on healing the entire being rather than simply curing the disease. A long-term goal of this center is to validate the work of alternative medicine by exposing traditional practitioners to these techniques and publishing results.
Publication Name: Nursing Management
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