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Oral Wound Healing

Oral Wound Healing

Cell Biology and Clinical Management

  • Author: Hannu Larjava
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 0813804817
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 408
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Oral Wound Healing: Cell Biology and Clinical Management brings experts from around the world together to provide an authoritative reference on the processes, principles and clinical management of wound healing in the oral mucosa. Promoting a thorough understanding of current research on the topic, this new resource draws together thinking on the basic biological processes of wound healing in the oral environment, as well as providing more detailed information and discussion on processes such as inflammation, reepithelialization and angiogenesis. Beyond this, the book goes on to examine topics pertinent to the effective clinical management of oral wound healing, bringing together chapters on large dento-facial defects, dental implants, periodontal regeneration, and pulp healing. An essential synthesis of current research and clinical applications, Oral Wound Healing will be an indispensable resource for dental specialists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons as well as researchers in oral medicine and biology.

Oral Wound Healing

Oral Wound Healing

Cell Biology and Clinical Management

  • Author: Hannu Larjava
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118219619
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 408
  • View: 7638
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Oral Wound Healing: Cell Biology and Clinical Management brings experts from around the world together to provide an authoritative reference on the processes, principles and clinical management of wound healing in the oral mucosa. Promoting a thorough understanding of current research on the topic, this new resource draws together thinking on the basic biological processes of wound healing in the oral environment, as well as providing more detailed information and discussion on processes such as inflammation, reepithelialization and angiogenesis. Beyond this, the book goes on to examine topics pertinent to the effective clinical management of oral wound healing, bringing together chapters on large dento-facial defects, dental implants, periodontal regeneration, and pulp healing.An essential synthesis of current research and clinical applications, Oral Wound Healing will be an indispensable resource for dental specialists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons as well as researchers in oral medicine and biology.

Oral Wound Healing

Oral Wound Healing

Cell Biology and Clinical Management

  • Author: Hannu Larjava
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118219635
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 408
  • View: 7687
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Oral Wound Healing: Cell Biology and Clinical Management brings experts from around the world together to provide an authoritative reference on the processes, principles and clinical management of wound healing in the oral mucosa. Promoting a thorough understanding of current research on the topic, this new resource draws together thinking on the basic biological processes of wound healing in the oral environment, as well as providing more detailed information and discussion on processes such as inflammation, reepithelialization and angiogenesis. Beyond this, the book goes on to examine topics pertinent to the effective clinical management of oral wound healing, bringing together chapters on large dento-facial defects, dental implants, periodontal regeneration, and pulp healing.An essential synthesis of current research and clinical applications, Oral Wound Healing will be an indispensable resource for dental specialists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons as well as researchers in oral medicine and biology.

Stem Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering in Dental Sciences

Stem Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering in Dental Sciences

  • Author: Ajaykumar Vishwakarma,Paul Sharpe,Songtao Shi,Murugan Ramalingam
  • Publisher: Academic Press
  • ISBN: 0123977789
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 932
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Stem Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering in Dental Sciences bridges the gap left by many tissue engineering and stem cell biology titles to highlight the significance of translational research in this field in the medical sciences. It compiles basic developmental biology with keen focus on cell and matrix biology, stem cells with relevance to tissue engineering biomaterials including nanotechnology and current applications in various disciplines of dental sciences; viz., periodontology, endodontics, oral & craniofacial surgery, dental implantology, orthodontics & dentofacial orthopedics, organ engineering and transplant medicine. In addition, it covers research ethics, laws and industrial pitfalls that are of particular importance for the future production of tissue constructs. Tissue Engineering is an interdisciplinary field of biomedical research, which combines life, engineering and materials sciences, to progress the maintenance, repair and replacement of diseased and damaged tissues. This ever-emerging area of research applies an understanding of normal tissue physiology to develop novel biomaterial, acellular and cell-based technologies for clinical and non-clinical applications. As evident in numerous medical disciplines, tissue engineering strategies are now being increasingly developed and evaluated as potential routine therapies for oral and craniofacial tissue repair and regeneration. Diligently covers all the aspects related to stem cell biology and tissue engineering in dental sciences: basic science, research, clinical application and commercialization Provides detailed descriptions of new, modern technologies, fabrication techniques employed in the fields of stem cells, biomaterials and tissue engineering research including details of latest advances in nanotechnology Includes a description of stem cell biology with details focused on oral and craniofacial stem cells and their potential research application throughout medicine Print book is available and black and white, and the ebook is in full color

Current Therapy In Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Current Therapy In Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Author: Shahrokh C. Bagheri,Bryan Bell,Husain Ali Khan
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 1455727571
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 1136
  • View: 1888
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Written by expert surgeons and educators, Current Therapy in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery covers the latest treatment strategies, surgical techniques, and potential complications in OMS. Emphasizing an evidence-based approach, it covers all 12 subspecialties of OMS, addressing topics from surgical principles to oral surgery, anesthesia, cranio-maxillofacial trauma surgery, head and neck surgery, maxillofacial reconstructive surgery, orthognathic surgery, pediatric craniofacial surgery including cleft lip and palate, temporomandibular joint disorders, facial plastic surgery including rhinoplasty and facelifts, obstructive sleep apnea, and oral and maxillofacial infections. At the end of each chapter, Pearls and Pitfalls summarize the authors' insight, recommendations, and experience on that topic. Editor Dr. Shahrokh Bagheri is a noted professor, researcher, and speaker on OMS, and he leads an expert author team including Dr. R. Bryan Bell and Dr. Husain Ali Khan to help you master and apply the latest advances in OMS. More than 1,200 full-color photos and 200 color line drawings illustrate concepts and provide visual guidance in clinical areas. Comprehensive sections and chapters represent essential topics, the newest advances, and controversial topics. Clinical coverage brings together the latest knowledge in OMS in a concise, easy-to-apply way. Resident-specific coverage describes the wide array of subspecialties and treatments available in the armamentarium of the modern OMS. A focus on complications ensures that you are knowledgeable in this important part of any therapy or surgical discipline. Expert contributors include the "best of the best," featuring leading, well-established, and respected surgeons and educators writing on their areas of specialty and providing current treatment strategies.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Author: Lars Andersson,Karl-Erik Kahnberg,M. Anthony Pogrel
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118292561
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 1312
  • View: 7967
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a comprehensive reference for all trainees and specialists in oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral surgery, and surgical dentistry. This landmark new resource draws together current research, practice and developments in the field, as expressed by world authorities. The book’s aim is to cover the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, incorporating recent technical and biological developments within the specialty. It provides a uniquely international and contemporary approach, reflecting the exciting developments of technique and instrumentation within this surgical field, built on technical innovation and medical and dental research. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery coalesces impressively broad and deep coverage of this surgical specialty into a cohesive and readable resource, identifying commonalities and shedding light on controversies through reasoned discussion and balanced presentation of the evidence. The Editors are joined by over 50 international experts, offering a truly global perspective on the full spectrum of issues in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The book’s coverage extends from basic principles such as patient evaluation, dental anesthesia, wound healing, infection control, and surgical instruments, to coverage of the complex areas of dentoalveolar surgery, oral pathologic lesions, trauma, implant surgery, dentofacial deformities, temporomandibular joint disorders, and salivary gland disorders. Where relevant, the book provides separate coverage of topics where practice differs significantly from region to region, such as general anesthesia.

Molecular Biology of the Cell

Molecular Biology of the Cell

  • Author: Bruce Alberts
  • Publisher: Garland Science
  • ISBN: 1317563743
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 1464
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As the amount of information in biology expands dramatically, it becomes increasingly important for textbooks to distill the vast amount of scientific knowledge into concise principles and enduring concepts.As with previous editions, Molecular Biology of the Cell, Sixth Edition accomplishes this goal with clear writing and beautiful illustrations. The Sixth Edition has been extensively revised and updated with the latest research in the field of cell biology, and it provides an exceptional framework for teaching and learning. The entire illustration program has been greatly enhanced.Protein structures better illustrate structure–function relationships, icons are simpler and more consistent within and between chapters, and micrographs have been refreshed and updated with newer, clearer, or better images. As a new feature, each chapter now contains intriguing openended questions highlighting “What We Don’t Know,” introducing students to challenging areas of future research. Updated end-of-chapter problems reflect new research discussed in the text, and these problems have been expanded to all chapters by adding questions on developmental biology, tissues and stem cells, pathogens, and the immune system.

Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering

Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering

  • Author: Song Li,Nicolas L'Heureux,Jennifer H. Elisseeff
  • Publisher: World Scientific
  • ISBN: 9814317055
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 448
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Tissue engineering integrates knowledge and tools from biological sciences and engineering for tissue regeneration. A challenge for tissue engineering is to identify appropriate cell sources. The recent advancement of stem cell biology provides enormous opportunities to engineer stem cells for tissue engineering. The impact of stem cell technology on tissue engineering will be revolutionary. This book covers state-of-the-art knowledge on the potential of stem cells for the regeneration of a wide range of tissues and organs and the technologies for studying and engineering stem cells. It serves as a valuable reference book for researchers and students.

The Biology of the Skin

The Biology of the Skin

  • Author: Dr. R. K. Freinkel,D.T. Woodley
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 9781850700067
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 432
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An authoritative, extensively illustrated clinician's textbook, The Biology of the Skin is written expressly for practitioners and residents in dermatology, plastic surgery, and otolaryngology. Essentially an expansion of the editors' and contributing authors' popular "Structure and Function" course given annually at the meetings of the American Academy of Dermatology, the book teaches skin biology in the context of practical clinical settings. This book covers the basic biology of the skin, how the skin functions, effects of the environment, the molecules that direct cutaneous function, genetic influences, and methods in cutaneous research. The Biology of the Skin provides a selective review of all biologic processes involving the skin and will foster an appreciation of how the skin works based on our knowledge of the basic science of skin structure and function in the 21st century.

Human Amniotic Membrane: Basic Science And Clinical Application

Human Amniotic Membrane: Basic Science And Clinical Application

  • Author: Nather Abdul Aziz,Hilmy Nazly,Yusof Norimah
  • Publisher: World Scientific
  • ISBN: 9813226366
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 380
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This book is a comprehensive guide for all tissue bank operators to screen, procure and process amniotic membrane for clinical application. The amnion comes close to being the ideal biological membrane or dressing — readily available, inexpensive to procure and process. Its basic science is discussed in detail — anatomy, biological and biomechanical properties. It can be procured from the placenta in normal vaginal deliveries and from Caesarean Sections. Processing is by freeze-drying or by air-drying process with sterilisation using gamma irradiation. The product has low antigenicity, has anti-microbial properties with ability to enhance epithelisation with marked relief of pain. It is useful as a dressing for wounds — flap wounds, burn wounds, injury wounds, diabetic ulcers, leprous ulcers and post-surgery wounds and post-radiation wounds. It is also used as a biological scaffold for cells in tissue engineering. Its ophthalmic applications include treatment of corneal ulcers and conjunctival tumours. Oral uses include gingiva depigmentation and periodontal regeneration. Contents: Section I: Introduction: IAEA Programmes in Tissue Banking in Asia-Pacific Region (Nazly Hilmy and Norimah Yusof)Tissue Banking in Asia Pacific Region: Past, Present, Future (Aziz Nather, Foong Shi Yun Mandy, Tan Ning and Wang Kaiying)Training Tissue Bank Operators — 20 Years of Experience by IAEA/NUS Regional Training Centre (Aziz Nather and Wo Yu Jun)Section II: Historical Development and Basic Science: Historical Development of Amnion (Norimah Yusof and Nazly Hilmy)Anatomy and Histology of Amnion (Nazly Hilmy and Norimah Yusof)Biological Properties and Functions of Amnion (Paramita Pandansari, Retno Dwijartini Tantin, Basril Abbas and Nazly Hilmy)Physical Properties of Amnion (Norimah Yusof and Nazly Hilmy)Section III: Screening, Procurement and Processing: Transmissible Diseases (Aziz Nather, Sherilyn Leong Li Juan and Wo Yu Jun)Donor Suitability (Aziz Nather, Wo Yu Jun, Sherilyn Leong Li Juan, Norimah Yusof and Nazly Hilmy)Procurement and Processing of Amniotic Membrane (Nazly Hilmy and Norimah Yusof)Section IV: Sterilisation and Quality Control: Sterilisation of Amnion (Norimah Yusof and Nazly Hilmy)Routine Quality Control of Processed Amniotic Membrane (Norimah Yusof and Nazly Hilmy)Section V: Clinical Applications: Management of Wounds: Use of Amnion in Plastic Surgery (Ahmad Sukari Halim, Leow Aik Ming, Aravazhi Ananda Dorai and Wan Azman Wan Sulaiman)Role of Amnion for Treating Burns (Hasim Mohamad)Role of Amnion for Healing of Wounds (Menkher Manjas, Petrus Tarusaraya and Nazly Hilmy)Amnion Dressing in the Management of Radiation Skin Reaction Following Post Radiotherapy (Menkher Manjas)Ophthalmic Applications: Freeze-Dried Irradiated Amnion in Ophthalmic Surgery (Nazly Hilmy, Paramita Pandansari, Getry Sukmawati Ibrahim, S Indira, S Bambang, Radiah Sunarti and Susi Heryati)Multi Layer Amniotic Membrane Transplantation (MLAMT) for Ocular Reconstruction (Getry Sukmawati Ibrahim and Havriza Vitresia)Oral Cavity Applications: Gingiva Depigmentation Using Amniotic Membrane (Retno Dwijartini Tantin, Basril Abbas, Paramita Pandansari and Nazly Hilmy)Amniotic Membrane in Periodontal Regeneration (Shaila Kothiwale) Readership: This book will serve a

Electrical Trauma

Electrical Trauma

The Pathophysiology, Manifestations and Clinical Management

  • Author: R. C. Lee,E. G. Cravalho,J. F. Burke
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521383455
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 440
  • View: 6657
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This comprehensive 1992 treatise was the first on electrical trauma in humans.

Essential Microbiology for Wound Care

Essential Microbiology for Wound Care

  • Author: Valerie Edwards-Jones
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0191025070
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 176
  • View: 8248
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Many healthcare practitioners understand the role microbiology has within the management of their patients, particularly when this involves wound care and the healing process. However, basic medical and nursing training does not always cover the microbiology of wound care in any great depth. Essential Microbiology for Wound Care is an indispensable reference aid that covers the key areas and science of microbiology from a point of view relevant to wound care practitioners wishing to enhance their skills. Written by specialists in the areas of microbiology and wound care, the book explains the basic science of microbiology and how it applies to wound care from simple infections to complex non-healing wounds, covering areas such as the diagnosis of infection, antimicrobial agents, virulence, and the treatment of infection, and infection control. Current thought in the field is also discussed, covering the improved understanding of the role of microorganisms and biofilms, newly-arising management strategies, and the increasing concern about the rapid development of antimicrobial resistance and how this may impact the administration of antibiotics in the future. Prevention and alternative forms of treatment in the field of wound care for the diabetic foot, burns, acute, and chronic wounds are also included. From the basic science to biofilms, Essential Microbiology for Wound Care provides a thorough understanding of the basic principles of microbiology in an accessible style that makes it a key reference in the field of wound care.

Wound Care

Wound Care

  • Author: Cathy Thomas Hess
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • ISBN: 9781582552941
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 528
  • View: 2370
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Expanded and completely updated with the newest wound care products, this handbook is the only all-in-one portable guide to wound care and prevention strategies with more than 300 dressings, drugs, and other products for every type of wound. Part I provides detailed guidelines on wound care and prevention and related professional and legal issues. Part II features profiles and photographs of over 300 wound care products. Part III contains charts of over 200 additional dressings and products. Appendices include assessment tools and multiple treatment algorithms. A manufacturer resource guide includes addresses, telephone numbers, Websites, and manufacturer-sponsored educational programs.

Wound Healing

Wound Healing

Biochemical & Clinical Aspects

  • Author: I. Kelman Cohen,Robert F. Diegelmann,William J. Lindblad
  • Publisher: W B Saunders Company
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 630
  • View: 4447
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Presents comprehensive up-to-date discussions of both clinical and basic science aspects of wound healing. This text enables the reader to obtain information from several different scientific disciplines and clinical specialities in one place.

Plasma for Bio-Decontamination, Medicine and Food Security

Plasma for Bio-Decontamination, Medicine and Food Security

  • Author: Zdenko Machala,Karol Hensel,Yuri Akishev
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9400728522
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 479
  • View: 9275
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Non-thermal (cold) plasmas at atmospheric pressure have recently found many breakthrough applications in biology, medicine, and food security. Plasmas can efficiently kill bacteria, yeasts, moulds, spores, biofilms and other hazardous microorganisms, including potential bio-terrorism agents. They can be employed for bio-decontamination and sterilization of surfaces, medical instruments, water, air, food, even of living tissues without causing their damage. Direct or indirect plasma interaction with living cells of microorganisms or even humans enables novel bio-medical applications, e.g. treatment of skin diseases and ulcers. Plasma-enhanced blood coagulation coupled with its antiseptic properties proved success in wound healing and opens new possibilities in surgery, emergency medicine and military applications. Plasma treatment allows cell manipulations, their removal and targeted transfer into the injured area, which can accelerate wound healing. Plasma induced apoptosis (programmed cell death) of tumor cells brings forth a great potential for cancer treatment. Besides, plasma enables painless treatment of dental caries, root canal disinfection, and other dentistry applications. This book is a selection of reviewed manuscripts issuing from the NATO Advanced Research Workshop Plasma for bio-decontamination, medicine and food security held in Jasná, Slovakia, on 15-18 March 2011. It provides a comprehensive overview of the current knowledge and research activities focused at the plasma applications in areas such as bio-decontamination, water chemistry, effects on cells; biofilm inactivation, UV sterilization, and medicine, especially tissue treatment and wound healing, as well as dentistry and food security.

Nutrition and Oral Medicine

Nutrition and Oral Medicine

  • Author: Riva Touger-Decker,Connie Mobley,Joel B. Epstein
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 1607614901
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 420
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This second edition addresses the complex, multifaceted relationships between nutrition and oral health, explores proposed relationships between oral, systemic and nutritional well-being and provides insights into interprofessional, comprehensive care for individuals. Chapters focus on diet, nutrition and oral health promotion and disease prevention across the lifespan, oral and dental diseases and disorders, oral manifestations of systemic diseases, and discussions of the synergy between oral tissues and nutrients. Cutting edge research issues regarding the relationship of individual antioxidants, trace elements, polyphenols and other nutrient substrates and oral health/disease, nutrigenomics, screening for nutrition and oral risk and other areas are covered in detail. Editors and authors include experts in nutrition and oral health from around the world. This second edition is a invaluable resource for health professionals in the fields of nutrition and dentistry as well as other disciplines whose research, practice and education includes nutrition and oral medicine. It is an excellent resource for graduate level nutrition and dental students, dental and nutrition practitioners, educators and researchers as well as other health professionals.

Sensing the Environment: Regulation of Local and Global Homeostasis by the Skin's Neuroendocrine System

Sensing the Environment: Regulation of Local and Global Homeostasis by the Skin's Neuroendocrine System

  • Author: Andrzej T. Slominski,Michal A. Zmijewski,Cezary Skobowiat,Blazej Zbytek,Radomir M. Slominski,Jeffery D. Steketee
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 3642196837
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 115
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The skin, the body’s largest organ, is strategically located at the interface with the external environment where it detects, integrates and responds to a diverse range of stressors, including solar radiation. It has already been established that the skin is an important peripheral neuroendocrine-immune organ that is closely networked with central regulatory systems. These capabilities contribute to the maintenance of peripheral homeostasis. Specifically, epidermal and dermal cells produce and respond to classical stress neurotransmitters, neuropeptides and hormones, production which is stimulated by ultraviolet radiation (UVR), biological factors (infectious and non-infectious) and other physical and chemical agents. Examples of local biologically active products are cytokines, biogenic amines (catecholamines, histamine, serotonin and N-acetyl-serotonin), melatonin, acetylocholine, neuropeptides including pituitary (proopiomelanocortin-derived ACTH, b-endorphin or MSH peptides, thyroid stimulating hormone) and hypothalamic (corticotropin-releasing factor and related urocortins, thyroid-releasing hormone) hormones, as well as enkephalins and dynorphins, thyroid hormones, steroids (glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids, sex hormones, 7-δ steroids), secosteroids, opioids and endocannabinoids. The production of these molecules is hierarchical, organized along the algorithms of classical neuroendocrine axes such as the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis (HPA), hypothalamic-thyroid axis (HPT), serotoninergic, melatoninergic, catecholaminergic, cholinergic, steroid/secosteroidogenic, opioid and endocannabinoid systems. Disruptions of these axes or of communication between them may lead to skin and/or systemic diseases. These local neuroendocrine networks also serve to limit the effect of noxious environmental agents to preserve local and consequently global homeostasis. Moreover, the skin-derived factors/systems can also activate cutaneous nerve endings to alert the brain to changes in the epidermal or dermal environments, or alternatively to activate other coordinating centers by direct (spinal cord) neurotransmission without brain involvement. Furthermore, rapid and reciprocal communications between epidermal and dermal and adnexal compartments are also mediated by neurotransmission including antidromic modes of conduction. Lastly, skin cells and the skin as an organ coordinate and/or regulate not only peripheral but also global homeostasis.

Wound Healing

Wound Healing

Evidence-Based Management

  • Author: Joseph M McCulloch,Luther C Kloth
  • Publisher: F.A. Davis
  • ISBN: 0803625251
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 608
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This most complete resource is back in a full-color, thoroughly revised, updated, and significantly expanded 4th Edition that incorporates all of the many scientific and technological advances that are changing the scope of practice in this multidisciplinary field. Learned authors Joseph McCulloch and Luther Kloth have gathered world renown experts in wound management to present a comprehensive text that is evidence based, clinically focused and practical. Responding to the ever-changing field of wound management, the 4th Edition is far from a simple update; it is virtually a brand-new text. The committed and respected teams of authors and contributors have broadened the scope of this text and expanded it from 14 to 35 chapters.

Oral Mucosa in Health and Disease

Oral Mucosa in Health and Disease

A Concise Handbook

  • Author: Lesley Ann Bergmeier
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 3319560654
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 184
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This book is designed to re-establish the position of the oral cavity and its mucosa at the forefront of defence and maintenance of homeostatic mechanisms that protect against disease not just locally but also systemically. The oral mucosa is a unique collection of tissues that constitutes a highly active environment with its own unique microflora and homeostatic interaction with the innate and adaptive immune responses. As an immune tissue the oral mucosa was somewhat neglected in the past owing to the tendency to assume similarity to the gut mucosa. More recently it has become apparent that the oral mucosa is a complex environment and, like the esophageal mucosa, has more in common with vaginal tissue than with the gut. Furthermore, the ability of the oral mucosa to act as an immune inductive site has made it an attractive area of research in terms of desensitization for allergic reactions and possibly autoimmune responses. In this book, recognized experts in the field provide up-to-date coverage of all aspects of the structure and function of the oral mucosa, reflecting important recent advances in knowledge, including at the molecular level.