A simple shot in the arm may soon be able to repair damaged bones and joints anywhere in the body. A recent study conducted by a team at Keele University on injected stem cells may hold the answer to naturally curing injuries without any surgery.
These injectable stem cells can be controlled with a magnet. “Once injected these immature cells can be guided to precisely where their help is needed and encouraged to grow new cartilage and bone, work on mice shows.”
Professor Alicia El Haj believes this could be tested in humans in 5 years with patented technology.
Professor Jon Tobias of the Bone Research Society said, “Stem cells capable of regenerating diseased bones and joints can now be isolated and grow up outside the body, but the difficulty is in getting them to exactly the right place.”
This alternative form of treatment would replace surgery or serious drug intake and is aimed to treat patients with injuries and arthritis. The injection would use a patient’s own stem cell from their bone marrow.
So, get ready, as stem cell shots might be the new flu shot of the future.
Bone Repair Via Injection
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By: Samina Esha - Published: Apr 22, 2009 • References: news.bbc