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2009-11-02 10:18:16

When fractured bones fail to heal, a serious complication referred to as "nonunion" can develop. This occurs when the process of bone healing is interrupted or stalled. According to a new study published in the November 2009 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS), certain cases involving nonunions respond very well to shock-wave therapy. Researchers say this non-invasive treatment is equally effective as surgery when it comes to healing the bone. "We found that extracorporeal...

2009-10-23 13:00:00

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers from Allegheny General Hospital's (AGH) Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Center for Genomic Sciences have launched dual groundbreaking studies that may help determine the cause of two common, hard-to-treat problems experienced by patients who undergo orthopedic surgery: a joint replacement that becomes infected and a bone fracture that will not heal properly. Both clinical trials will focus on the role of biofilms --...

2009-09-29 11:06:37

Poor bone fracture healing could be next on the list of conditions linked to diabetes, U.S. researchers say. The report, published in the American Journal of Pathology, suggests those with diabetes may have increased production of an inflammatory molecule known as TNF that causes bone fractures to heal more slowly and less satisfactorily. Dr. Dana Graves and colleagues of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark and the Boston University School of Medicine looked at...

2009-09-29 08:00:00

RALEIGH, N.C. and DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A new website designed to help thousands of patients with broken bones has been launched by Smith & Nephew (NYSE: SNN; LSE: SN). An estimated 6.8 million fractures happen annually in the USA, resulting in 14 million visits to emergency rooms or medical facilities at a cost of around $21 billion(1). One in every 100 people experience a broken bone each year and up to 10% may suffer from delayed healing, preventing...

2009-09-28 07:36:21

Current research suggests that the inflammatory molecule TNF-ÃŽ± may contribute to delayed bone fracture healing in diabetics. The related report by Alblowi et al, "High Levels of TNF-ÃŽ± Contribute to Accelerated Loss of Cartilage in Diabetic Fracture Healing" appears in the October 2009 issue of the American Journal of Pathology. Diabetes, a condition where the body either does not produce enough, or respond to, insulin, affects at least 171 million...

2009-07-16 10:20:00

Bone fractures might heal faster if the patient is injected with medications. This is the outcome of a unique study of 102 women with wrist fractures.The study was led by Per Aspenberg, Professor of Orthopaedics at Linköping University."This is the first study in the world that shows that we can accelerate fracture healing in humans with medication, even without surgery. We measured how long it took before common wrist fractures healed and compared this with patients who received the...

2009-04-17 08:54:17

A drug approved for the treatment of osteoporosis is healing broken bones with stem cells. Since 2002, teriparatide (Forteo) has been used to treat osteoporosis, but scientists have discovered a new use for the drug in helping bones repair fractures -- particularly in bones that are otherwise difficult to heal. These findings could be especially beneficial for the elderly, those who suffer fractures of the pelvis, clavicle or vertebra, which have no viable treatments, and sick patients who...

2009-04-14 13:45:00

In-body stem cell therapy has enormous potential for bone injuries Rarely will physicians use the word "miraculous" when discussing patient recoveries. But that's the very phrase orthopedic physicians and scientists are using in upstate New York to describe their emerging stem cell research that could have a profound impact on the treatment of bone injuries. Results from preliminary work being released today show patients confined to wheelchairs were able to walk or live independently again...

2009-02-23 07:00:00

Notice of Allowance Covers Laser and Light Therapy Apparatus and Method for Bone Healing, Bone Growth Stimulation and Bone Cartilage Regeneration MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - MedX Health Corp., (TSXV.MDX) a global leader in developing drug free, non-invasive low level laser and light therapy for tissue repair and pain relief, today announced that the company has received a Notice of Allowance by the United States Patent & Trademark Office for its MedX Laser...

2009-02-16 14:57:48

Researchers  identified a new, faster method to help heal broken bones.  It requires the injection of cells taken from the patient's own bone marrow. The cells are injected into the fracture area and a clinical study proved it speeds up the healing process. Dr. Seok-Jung Kim from the Catholic University College of Medicine, Seoul, coordinated a multi-centre, randomized clinical study of the osteoblast treatment. "The cultured osteoblast injection group showed fracture healing...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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