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Bone and Spine News
October 26, 2016

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October 26, 2016

Ultrasound After Tibial Fracture Surgery Does Not Speed Up Healing or Improve Function

Oct. 26, 2016 — Receiving ultrasound after surgery to repair a fractured tibia (shinbone) does not accelerate healing or improve functional recovery compared with sham treatment, finds a ... read more

Oct. 17, 2016 — New research is shedding light on how leukemia cells can survive cancer treatment, suggesting new possibilities for stopping them in their ... read more

Cannabis Excess Linked to Bone Disease, Fractures

Oct. 12, 2016 — People who regularly smoke large amounts of cannabis have reduced bone density and are more prone to fractures, research has found. The study also found that heavy cannabis users have a lower body ... read more

Oct. 10, 2016 — Researchers have identified stem cells in the jaw bone that can make new cartilage and repair damaged joints. The cells reside within the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which articulates the jaw bone ... read more

Watching Stem Cells Change Provides Clues to Fighting Osteoporosis in Older Women

Oct. 5, 2016 — For years, scientists have studied how stem cells might be used to treat many diseases, including osteoporosis. One consistent challenge has been observing and monitoring the process through which ... read more

NFL Players Get Back in the Game After Upper Spine Surgery

Oct. 4, 2016 — The majority of U.S. National Football League (NFL) players who undergo surgery for a herniated disc in the upper (cervical) spine are able to resume their careers and perform at a high level, ... read more

Oct. 3, 2016 — People with spinal cord injuries suffer from many complications in addition to paralysis and numbness. Some of these problems are caused by a lack of the neurotransmitter GABA in the injured spinal ... read more

Trial Offers Hope of a Treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Sep. 20, 2016 — Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a leading genetic cause of child death. Existing proposed treatments require injection direct into the spine, a barrier to widespread use. Pip6a-PMO can be injected ... read more

Abaloparatide Benefits a Wide Range of Postmenopausal Women With Osteoporosis

Sep. 19, 2016 — A recent analysis of results from a randomized controlled clinical trial indicates that abaloparatide-SC, a novel therapy for osteoporosis, provides consistent protection against bone fractures in ... read more

Clinical Trial Offers Hope to Restore Limb Function in Man With Complete Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

Sep. 14, 2016 — Physicians have injected AST-OPC1 (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells), an experimental treatment, into the damaged cervical spine of a recently paralyzed man as part of a multicenter clinical ... read more

Therapeutic Inhibition of RANK Pathway Reduces Breast Cancer Recurrence

Sep. 13, 2016 — Researchers have shown that pharmacological and genetic inhibition of RANK/RANKL signaling pathway leads to a significant reduction in recurrences and metastases in breast cancer in a mouse animal ... read more

Sep. 12, 2016 — A biomaterial with the ability to serve as a support for regenerating bone tissue has been developed by researchers. The material is biodegradable and can be printed in 3D with controlled ... read more

Sep. 8, 2016 — Scientists have implicated a type of stem cell in the calcification of blood vessels that is common in patients with chronic kidney disease. The research will guide future studies into ways to block ... read more

Chemists Devise Revolutionary 3-D Bone-Scanning Technique

Sep. 8, 2016 — A scanning technique for bones has been created that does not expose patients to X-ray radiation but provides exceptional 3-D images from which diagnoses and prognoses can be made. Their technique ... read more

Why Bones Don't Heal: Researchers Identify Risk Factors for Nonunion of Fractures

Sep. 7, 2016 — Researchers have identified risk factors which may help orthopaedic surgeons better predict a serious complication of bone fractures. Fracture nonunion may be increasing as more patients survive ... read more

Sep. 7, 2016 — The antidepressant fluoxetine causes bone loss by instructing the brain to send out signals that increase bone breakdown, but a beta-blocker can intercept the signals, a new study in mice has ... read more

Extra Physical Education Classes May Benefit Bone Health in Girls, Study Shows

Sep. 7, 2016 — A long-term study carried out in four Swedish schools evaluated whether extra physical education classes (200 minutes weekly as opposed to 60 minutes weekly) would have an impact on bone parameters ... read more

Sep. 7, 2016 — After receiving a stem cell injection into his spine, Kris Boesen, who was paralyzed from his neck to his toes after a car accident, is regaining movement in his extremities and hope for increased ... read more

NFL Players' Careers Most Affected by Surgery to Patellar Tendon, Achilles Tendon and ACL

Sep. 6, 2016 — The first comprehensive injury database that compares return-to-play rate and performance-based outcomes in NFL players who had orthopaedic surgery has now been released. Nearly 80 percent of the 559 ... read more

Sep. 2, 2016 — Graphene oxide flakes can be welded together into solid materials that may be suitable for bone implants, according to an international ... read more

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