Researchers at Texas A&M University have created nanoparticles that could ameliorate and prolong the effects of stem cells on cartilage regeneration in osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is an affliction that results from the degradation of the cartilage between joints, which serves to lubricate and prevent friction between bones. Symptoms often include joint swelling and pain, and decreased range of motion, which causes the areas around the joints to well and solidify. A treatment for osteoarthritis is vital since aging populations show an increasing prevalence of the affliction, and a stem cell treatment could contribute to longer healthspans.
This technology seeks to improve current stem cell applications for osteoarthritis, since the nanoparticules would be able to continually release stimulating growth factors for the stem cells that would be applied to restore the cartilage. Not only would this increase the speed of recovery after the stem cells are injected, it would also ensure a longer-term solution, since the cells would be continuously stimulated. Technology such as this will improve patient care and will help bring vital stem cell treatments to millions of patients suffering from commonplace afflictions and diseases.
Advances in stem cell based regenerative treatments are creating more effective treatment options for patients suffering from a wide variety of disease, trauma and injury. To learn more about stem cells, and how families can bank their own valuable stem cells by recovering the very powerful dental pulp stem cells during routine dental procedures; such as wisdom teeth extractions or the during the loss of baby teeth, visit StemSave or call 877-783-6728 (877-StemSave) today.
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