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2012-02-06 22:34:18

When William Murphy works with some of the most powerful tools in biology, he thinks about making tools that can fit together. These constructions sound a bit like socket wrenches, which can be assembled to turn a half-inch nut in tight quarters, or to loosen a rusted-tight one-inch bolt using a very persuasive lever. The tools used by Murphy, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedics and rehabilitation at University of Wisconsin-Madison, however, are proteins, which...

2012-02-06 20:50:42

A new study may shed light on why women, and some men, are at greater risk for ACL injuries Much orthopedic research has been devoted to determining why women are far more susceptible to knee ligament injuries than men. According to a new study, the answer may lie in geometry — the length and shape of a patient´s knee bone — more than gender. Research recently published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS), compared magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of...

2012-02-06 13:22:08

Successful testing in mice paves the way toward human trials for patients with osteoporosis A research team led by UC Davis Health System scientists has developed a novel technique to enhance bone growth by using a molecule which, when injected into the bloodstream, directs the body's stem cells to travel to the surface of bones. Once these cells are guided to the bone surface by this molecule, the stem cells differentiate into bone-forming cells and synthesize proteins to enhance bone...

2012-02-03 11:47:25

New study shows aggressive screening for osteoporosis may be important for heart failure patients Heart failure is associated with a 30 percent increase in major fractures and also identifies a high-risk population that may benefit from increased screening and treatment for osteoporosis, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). Osteoporosis and heart failure are common, chronic and costly...

2012-01-30 09:07:47

Stem cells derived from fat have a surprising trick up their sleeves: Encouraged to develop on a stiff surface, they undergo a remarkable transformation toward becoming mature muscle cells. The new research appears in the journal Biomaterials. The new cells remain intact and fused together even when transferred to an extremely stiff, bone-like surface, which has University of California, San Diego bioengineering professor Adam Engler and colleagues intrigued. These cells, they suggest, could...

2012-01-26 14:56:08

University of Rochester Medical Center researchers have discovered new links between leukemia cells and cells involved in bone formation, offering a fresh perspective on how the blood cancer progresses and raising the possibility that therapies for bone disorders could help in the treatment of leukemia. The research, led by graduate student Benjamin J. Frisch in the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center laboratory of corresponding author Laura M. Calvi, M.D., is featured in the journal Blood. It...

2012-01-25 17:35:00

The US Drug Watchdog says, "Its hard to comprehend what it might be like for a middle aged, or older woman, who was taking the Osteoporosis drug called Fosamax, who had an unexplainable broken femur, or thigh bone, and then had to have a surgical procedure, that involved reinforcing the broken femur, or thigh bone with a metal rod; but that is exactly what has happened to many women. We are doing everything possible to identify victims of Fosamax, who have had a broken femur, or thigh bone,...

2012-01-19 08:00:00

The US Drug Watchdog says, "It sounds counterintuitive, that a drug supposedly devised to fight osteoporosis could also be associated with women, who suffered an out of the blue broken femur bone. However, when it comes to the osteoporosis called Fosamax, that is exactly what we are saying. We are also saying we need family members, or loved ones of women, who suffered an out of the blue femur break to ask if the woman was also using the osteoporosis drug called Fosamax." The US Drug Watchdog...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.