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Bone Paste as Osteoporosis Prevention? Yes, Researchers Claim

By    |   Monday, 22 Sep 2014 01:55 PM

A bone paste being developed by scientists at the University of Nottingham could change the treatment landscape for those suffering from osteoporosis.

The Telegraph U.K. reported that the paste is composed of porous calcium phosphate microspheres that house stem cells, which spur new growth in thinning bones. The paste technology, which scientists hope can be injected as preventive measure, makes it easier to transplant stem cells, which are delicate and often hard to graft.

"Our aim would be to use screening to spot people who are at risk, then strengthen their bones before they get fractures," Dr. Ifty Ahmed, a researcher at the University of Nottingham, told an audience last week at the Regener8 conference in Leeds.

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"It means that rather than waiting until people have a fall and break something, we would try to stop that ever happening, along with the consequences, loss of independence, surgery and secondary illnesses."

The treatment would be strengthened when used in concert with exposure to sunlight, increased calcium intake, and regular exercise to combat osteoporosis.

"If it works, this kind of treatment could be done in a day," said Ahmed.

The paste is still undergoing clinical studies, and hasn't yet been tested on humans.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 54 million Americans suffer from low bone density or osteoporosis. An estimated 50 million bones are broken due to osteoporosis each year in the U.S., and one in two women over 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

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