Bone Fractures: Implanted Cells Are Working
The human body is capable of amazing things, especially in regards to its ability to heal itself. Sometimes, however, the body is not able to heal complicated bone fractures or defects by itself. In these cases, surgeons will implant living cells into the injury site to help promote and speed up healing. However, often times, only about 30% of these implanted cells will survive. Using mice, researchers have come up with a way to drastically improve the survival rate of these implanted cells. This will help to promote even faster healing and lead to better bone regeneration. This is really exciting news for soldiers because unfortunately, broken bones are a big problem in the military. The rigors of repetitive, weight-bearing activities like ruck marches can easily cause stress fractures.