Skin bacteria different in diabetic mice

Skin bacteria different in diabetic mice

In people with diabetes, wrong microbes on skin could make wounds slow to heal

By Tina Hesman Saey, 08:17 AM October 24, 2009

HONOLULU – Too much of the wrong type of skin bacteria may keep diabetics from healing, new research suggests.

People with diabetes have a notoriously hard time healing from skin wounds. New research on diabetic mice suggests that bacteria normally present on healthy skin may play a role in wound healing, says Elizabeth Grice, a researcher at the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Md. Grice presented results of a study comparing bacterial diversity on the skin of diabetic...

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