Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Breakthrough treatment boosts stem cells to heal bone fractures
Recent research on a drug FDA approved in 2002 for Osteoporosis, Forteo: suggests that it may enhance release of adult stem cells to heal bone fractures.Of the six million fractures in the United States each year, approximately five percent will have slow or incomplete healing. Options are few for some patients who suffer with prolonged healing. Perhaps until now...
This is another example of how we are learning more & more that the key element to healing revolves around circulation of stem cells. We are entering the dawn of a "cellular phase" of medicine. Research is being done to treat challenging diseases like arthritis & diabetes. This drug helps turn stem cells into bone cells to cut fracture healing time down & reducing pain. This prompted a large government funded study.
The story was covered on ABC nightly news:
World News - ABC News