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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,...

2010-09-02 07:07:00

TORONTO, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, the Japanese plate and screw market will be driven by strong surgeon acceptance and adoption, driving this market to over $170 million by 2014. Japanese surgeons are increasingly adopting anatomic, locking plating systems, such as Acumed's Acu-Loc plates and Synthes' Locking Compression Plates, in order to manage complex, periarticular fractures....

2010-08-02 20:37:56

Scientists have developed a material for bone grafts that could one day replace the 'gold standard' natural bone implants. A new study shows how particles of a ceramic called calcium phosphate have the ability to stimulate promising bone regrowth by attracting stem cells and 'growth factors' to promote healing and the integration of the grafted tissue. "The rate of bone repair we see with these materials rivals that of traditional grafts using a patients' own bone," said Professor Joost de...

2010-07-27 15:42:33

Too little of a protein called neogenin results in a smaller skeleton during development and sets the stage for a more fragile bone framework lifelong, Medical College of Georgia researchers report. A developing mouse with neogenin deficits has poorly defined digits and is generally smaller, including having small growth plates, an indicator of future development, said Dr. Wen-Cheng Xiong, developmental neurobiologist in the MCG Schools of Medicine and Graduate Studies and corresponding...

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2010-07-23 06:55:00

Our bones have much greater influence on the rest of our bodies than they are often given credit for, according to two new studies in the July 23 issue of Cell, a Cell Press publication. Both studies offer new insights into the interplay between bone and blood sugar, based on signals sent via insulin and a bone-derived hormone known as osteocalcin. Mice whose bones can't respond to insulin develop high blood sugar and insulin resistance, both hallmarks of diabetes. Those symptoms are tied to...

2010-07-21 12:53:04

A long-standing question in bone biology has been answered: It is the spindly extensions of bone cells that sense mechanical stimulation and signal the release of bone-growth factors, according to research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The study, reported this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, offers an important clue for developing therapies to treat the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis and bone...

2010-07-14 15:34:12

A comprehensive Argentinean epidemiological study reveals the staggering costs of osteoporosis in the country. The key findings of the article published in April 2010 in the scientific journal "Archives of Osteoporosis", include:"¢ In Argentina, bone mineral density studies reveal that one out of three women aged 50 or over suffers from osteoporosis."¢ The prevalence of vertebral fractures in Argentinean women aged 50 or older is 16%."¢ Over 34.000 hip fractures occur every...

2010-07-06 12:16:20

Rearing juvenile salmon at the relatively high temperature of 16°C causes skeletal deformities in the fish. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Physiology investigated both the magnitude and mechanisms of this effect, which occurs when salmon farmers use warmed water to increase fish growth rates. Harald Takle worked with a team of researchers from NOFIMA (the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research), Norway, to carry out the studies. He said, "The...

2010-07-01 07:15:00

CHICAGO, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- A new web site promotes specific weight bearing exercises for those with low bone density. Osteoporosis Personal Trainer (http://www.OsteoporosisPersonalTrainer.com) is an online personal training service which provides low-cost individualized strength training workouts for increased bone density. Bill Allerheiligen, MS, CSCS; NSCA-CPT; FNSCA designed the programs. Bill is a former strength coach for Nebraska, Kansas State, Notre Dame and Houston Oilers. He...

2010-06-28 01:57:00

MUNICH, June 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- - 3D Images Provide New Approach to Monitoring Bone Changes Interim data from a prospective Investigator Initiated Trial (IIT) presented today at the ECTS, the 37th European Symposium on Calcified Tissues, in Glasgow, demonstrates that EVISTA(R) (raloxifene 60mg; once-daily, distributed in 34 countries by DAIICHI SANKYO), indicated for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, improves bone quality as measured by...


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