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by Rob Striks, Special Writer
Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine

One of the most heartbreaking scenes in Forrest Gump is when Lieutenant Dan is coming to grips with the loss of his legs. Robbed of his perceived destiny of dying proudly in battle like his ancestors, and with the weight of his world collapsing down on him, an exhausted Lt. Dan Taylor sighs, "What am I going to do now?"

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by Bruce E. Ruben MD

Today in 2014, there should be no question that tobacco use is one of the worst things you can do to your body. There have been hundreds of scientific studies. This subject is extremely well documented.

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alone:

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Part 5 in a series on infection management
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by Bruce E. Ruben MD

According to the American Hospital Association, over 36 million patients are admitted to hospitals every year. Presumably, these patients go to hospitals to get well, but one in 20 end up getting something else: an infection. Worse, one in nine of those infections result in death.

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Part 4 in a series on infection management
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by Bruce E. Ruben MD

Before you can delve into the vicious and deadly world of necrotizing fasciitis, the ghastly "flesh-eating disease" that's been widely reported by the media, you have to understand something about the bacteria that causes it and who is most susceptible to this rare condition.

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Part 2 in a series on infection management
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Our skin is our largest organ and performs a myriad of functions, including pain sensation, pressure sensitivity, temperature regulation and water conservation.

The skin is also our first line of defense against our physical and microbial environment. And although sheets and sheets of bacteria live harmoniously on the skin, it is still impenetrable to even the smallest protein molecules. Note: that's great information for the next time you purchase anti-wrinkle products that claim to get below the skin.

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Part 1 in a series on infection management

What is an Infection?

The world of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites has a long and storied place in the human condition. Way more often than not, bacteria live normally on our skin and line our entire gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus.

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In order to understand the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to heal burns, it is first important to understand the four burn classifications.

Classification of Burns

A first-degree or superficial burn affects only the epidermis or outer layer of skin. The burn site is red, painful, and dry with no blistering. A mild sunburn is one example of a first-degree burn. Long-term tissue damage is rare and usually consists of a lightening or a darkening in the skin color.

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