A recent study reported by Science News found that a small molecule called kartogenin aids mesenchymal stem cells in differentiating into cells that make up cartilage. The study found that damaged cartilage in the knee can now be regenerated, not only restoring cartilage in the joint but also reducing or eliminating the associated pain of osetoarthritis.
As a common part of the aging process, millions of people in the US have osteoarthritis and suffer from inflammation, pain, and loss of mobility. Current medical protocol requires damaged cartilage to be surgically removed, yet this leaves the patient with reduced protection in joints and does not prevent future degeneration. For this reason, regenerating the cartilage in vital joints like the knee has become a primary goal in orthopedic medicine.
Access to one's own mesenchymal stem cells will help ensure future access to the most cutting edge in medical treatments. Cryopreserving the stem cells found in the dental pulp of teeth is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to bank your own mesenchymal stem cells. Any healthy tooth, such as a shed baby tooth or an extracted wisdom tooth, is a potentially viable candidate for cryopreservation.
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The era of Regenerative Medicine is now.