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Artificial Bone Material Promises to Revolutionize Treatment of Broken Bones
It promises to be the next big breakthrough in the treatment of broken bones or fractures. Scientists in the United Kingdom have announced that they have developed an artificial bone-like material using biodegradable lightweight plastic and stem cells.
The artificial bone material is based on a combination of biodegradable, lightweight, rigid plastic that can be inserted into shattered or broken bones. When this material is affixed to the bone, the stem cells help encourage the growth of new bone, and help heal the factor. Simultaneously, the artificial plastic material helps strengthen the bone. Over a period of time, as the bone begins to heal, the biodegradable material is dissolved.
The announcement was made by researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton. They have already conducted lab tests as well as animal tests, and are now moving forward with plans to conduct human clinical trials. The two universities have been involved in a 7-year partnership to develop this artificial material. Personal injury lawyers believe that this interesting collaboration between chemistry and medicine has resulted in a breakthrough that could have very significant therapeutic benefits.
Every year, millions of Americans suffer from fractures. Many of these fractures occur during slip and fall accidents. Others occur during motorcycle and auto accidents. Simple fractures heal quicker. However, more complicated and complex fractures or multiple fractures can take a much longer time to heal. The researchers believe that this new technology can be used not just in people who have suffered a fracture as a result of an accident or a fall, but also those who have lost bone stability as a result of bone disease.
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