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2013-02-11 12:24:27

Smokers experience increased likelihood of bone healing complications following surgery LAS VEGAS, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine being on crutches for weeks following foot or ankle surgery. Imagine the inconvenience and potential loss of income. Then, imagine learning that the bone is not mending. In a study comparing the bone healing rates of smokers and non-smokers, the findings revealed that smokers took nearly 50 percent longer to heal after surgery than non-smokers and the...

2011-06-07 06:26:11

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Each year, approximately 7.9 million bone fractures occur in the United States alone, costing an estimated $70 billion. Of these, 10 to 20 percent fail to heal. However, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have discovered through an animal study that transplantation of adult stem cells enriched with a bone-regenerating hormone can help mend bone fractures that are not healing properly. The researchers found that stem cells...

2010-09-07 08:35:42

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Many bone fractures don't heal completely or properly, but this new model shows why fractures aren't healing properly and how they can be treated to restart the healing process and produce a strong healthy bone. About 5 to 10 percent of bone fractures the healing process doesn't succeed in fully repairing the bone, which leads to non-unions- failure of a fracture to unite and heal. Using an animal model mimicking a clinical non-union situation and a mathematical...

2010-09-03 17:55:21

New models, reinforced by in vivo experimentation, show why 5-10% of bone fractures don't heal properly, and how these cases may be treated to restart the healing process. Results of the model, published September 2 in the open-access journal PLoS Computational Biology, may benefit the ageing population in which the occurrence of bone fractures is expected to rise substantially in the near future. In 5 to 10% of bone fracture cases, the healing process does not succeed in repairing the bone,...

2009-11-02 09:09:00

Non-Invasive, Low-Complication Treatment Helps Heal Fractures ROSEMONT, Ill., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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...

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...

2009-09-29 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...

2008-06-25 03:02:20

By Anonymous MOLECULAR IMAGING Zilberman et al. from the Hadassah Medical Campus of Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel) reported in the April issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic Research (2008;26:522- 530) on a small animal study assessing the use of fluorescence molecular tomography (FMT) for noninvasive visualization and quantification of nonunion fracture repair by genetically engineered mesenchymal stem cells. FMT is a near-infrared imaging modality that enables in vivo 3D...