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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 10:22 PM

Humans Can Regenerate Cartilage, Study Finds, Offering Hope for Arthritis Treatment

Humans Can Regenerate Cartilage, Study Finds, Offering Hope for Arthritis Treatment
By Leslie Nemo | October 9, 2019 3:59 pm

If you get a cut, itíll heal. If you lose some skin to road rash, itíll grow back. But lose a limb, and itís gone for good. Unless youíre a salamander, a zebrafish or an axolotl, of course ó all of which can regrow missing limbs. Now, scientists find that some of the molecules crucial to that process are at work inside of us.

Specific microRNA molecules are key to limb regeneration in salamanders. It turns out that similar molecules in our own bodies can produce new cartilage to heal old injuries in our joints ó countering previous beliefs that our joint cartilage couldnít repair itself.

The discovery that the molecules are active in our leg joints might help scientists unlock new treatments for arthritis, soothing aching joints by promoting the growth of new, cushiony cartilage.

ďSo much is known about zebrafish and salamander limb regeneration, so how can that now be harnessed to accelerate human tissue repair?Ē says Virginia Byers Kraus, a co-author on the paper and molecular biologist at Duke University.

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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/10/09/humans-can-regenerate-cartilage-study-finds-offering-hope-for-arthritis-treatment/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20DiscoverBlogs%20%28Discover%20Blogs%29#.XZ6g3kZKjIU

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 10:23 PM

1. the Army has pretty much destroyed

 

the cartilage in my knees as I retire in a few months...so it would be nice if they could figure out a way to repair it.

I can't really run anymore because of the pain and instability...which makes it harder to maintain weight.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 10:46 PM

2. Thank you for this post! Info I'll show

my orthopedic doc at my appt next Monday.

My rt. knee's torn meniscus has mysteriously improved but now my left hip is giving me hell. So much so I've had to pull out my cane to help gimpy me walk. Therapies won't be available in time for me but there's hope for future patients.




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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 10:49 PM

3. They're teasing us, lol.

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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 11:09 PM

4. NFL and NBA are DESPERATE for this to pan out... if the regeneration can happen months-to-2-years

timeframe, it won't matter what it costs...

and if it takes longer than that, then hopefully it will eventually be cost-effective enough compared to standard treatment for Medicare and private insurance companies to recognize it as superior...

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Thu Oct 10, 2019, 12:48 AM

5. This isn't soon enough to help me, unfortunately

The cartilage in my tight knee is gone. I'm having surgery Friday.

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