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In Mice, a Way for Stem Cells to Build Bone

Posted 31 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 – Researchers say they've found an easy way to spur stem cells to build bone in mice – a discovery that could lead to new treatments for bone disease. The team of scientists from the University of California, San Diego used a naturally occurring molecule called adenosine to prompt human stem cells to regenerate bone tissue. The new tissue helped repair cranial bone defects in the mice. Stem cells can become any type of cell in the body. But directing these cells to become muscle, bone or skin – a process known as differentiation – requires lengthy steps, according to the researchers. Stem-cell-derived tissues can also develop a type of tumor called teratomas – when cells differentiate the wrong way. The research team found that adding adenosine to the stem cell process helped build bone tissue in mice without any teratoma formation. The study was published ... Read more

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In Rare Cases, Infection May Be at Root of Back Pain

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – People with back pain that doesn't improve with treatment could have a rare type of spine infection, new guidelines suggest. The infection – called vertebral osteomyelitis – could lead to paralysis or death if it's not diagnosed and treated correctly. The condition is often overlooked because it causes back pain, a common problem typically caused by a pulled muscle or back injury, according to the guidelines published July 30 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. "Back pain is so common – and usually not caused by infection – that diagnosis often is missed or delayed," guidelines lead author Dr. Elie Berbari, associate chair of education, division of infectious disease, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., said in a news release from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Vertebral osteomyelitis affects two to six out of 100,000 ... Read more

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