Stem cell technology and osteoarthritis… winning the war!

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Stem cell technology and osteoarthritis… winning the war!



“We’ve explored the mysteries of the universe. However, there is another mystery closer to home.
When an earthworm is cut in half, it will regenerate the other half.
Is this property also possible in human beings?
For years, that is the question many scientists and physicians have attempted to address.
If so, many of the diseases associated with aging may become a thing of the past.
Perhaps the answer lies in the use of stem cells… and the model is a disease called osteoarthritis…
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It’s expected to reach epidemic proportions in the next several years affecting both the function and longevity of the majority of adults.
To date, joint replacement surgery has been the answer. However, this treatment has many potential pitfalls associated with it.
Fortunately, groups of scientists and clinicians, such as Dr. Nathan Wei and his colleagues at the Arthritis Treatment Center in Frederick, Maryland are working on a solution.
They are using stem cell technology to combat this scourge. And they are beginning to win this war…”
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