Capsules of stem cells placed on injured bones works to heal the bones

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Materials science may be a big help in healing broken bones.

How do medical researchers best cultivate certain kinds of cells and spur them to function in the body? The details are still being worked out. Materials science may be a big help, according to University of Rochester researchers.

 

 

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New Polymer That Heals Itself Could Lead to Medical Implants or Engine Parts That Fix Themselves

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Broken polymer chains reform to repair a crack in this material when it is pressed together and exposed to UV light.

A new polymer material that can repeatedly heal itself at room temperature when exposed to ultraviolet light presents the tantalizing possibility of products that can repair themselves when damaged. Possibilities include self-healing medical implants, cars, or even airplane parts.

 

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Scientists Regenerate Rabbit Skeleton Joints

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Reanimator, Reanimate me!
Researchers at Columbia University have regrown the destroyed joints of rabbits by shaping a scaffolding that encourages bones to heal in particular forms:

In research published this week in The Lancet, the researchers demonstrate that the technology–a joint-shaped scaffold infused with a growth factor protein–works in rabbits. About a month after the implant, the animals began using their injured forelimbs again, and at two months the animals moved almost as well as similarly aged healthy rabbits. The study is the first to show that an entire joint can be repaired while being used.[…]

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Osteoporisis Drug ‘Miraculously’ Boosts Healing Of Fractured Bones

Osteoporisis Drug ‘Miraculously’ Boosts Healing Of Fractured Bones

Miracle jab: Teriparatide doubles the speed at which broken bones mend

Hundreds of thousands of people suffering from devastating fractures have been offered new hope from a drug that “miraculously” boosts the healing process of bones.

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