Cure for Osteoarthritis To Be Developed

by Medindia Content Team on  December 20, 2005 at 4:04 PM Research News
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Cure for Osteoarthritis To Be Developed
The most severe form of arthritis can be cured, according to scientists after growing a human cartilage from the stem cells of patients. Those who suffer from osteoarthritis will get relief as a result of this discovery. By 2008, trial cartilage transplant operations will have been completed. Stem cells were used to grow a cartilage measuring half an inch by the scientists, which is self-renewing and can also be used to grow bones, blood, and even organs.

The University of Bristol researchers say that this will serve to overcome the problem of connected with transplant rejection. The bone marrow of adults was used to procure the cells. A cure for arthritis is expected to be developed in ten years time. Osteoarthritis, is a disease that can confine a person to a wheelchair. In the UK alone, about 2 million people suffer from this rheumatic condition. The reasons for this painful condition can be an existing joint injury, being a female or overweight, or even having crossed 40 years of age.

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