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New Technology May Heal Bones in Minutes

Injectable Bone may heal bones in minutes.Injectable Bone may heal bones in minutes.

The worst part of breaking a bone (besides the pain) is the healing process. Wearing an uncomfortable cast can be irritating and aggravating, making it harder to move around for months at a time. Well, that process may soon change. A company has developed a product called “Injectable Bone” that may repair the broken bone in minutes.

The U.K. company, called RegenTec, has created a white powder that is designed to be injected into a person in order to speed up the healing process of broken bones.

“You won't be able to just walk out of a hospital with a broken leg,” said Robin Quirk, a professor at the University of Nottingham and co-developer of the technology. “What we are trying to do in the short term is have something that fills the void left by a break that acts like normal spongy bone and encourages natural regeneration.”

Injectable Bone is a mix of ceramic and polylactic acid. On the outside, it looks like white powder. When injected into the body with a needle, the higher temperature inside causes the two components to mix together to form a hard, spongy mass similar to bones in the body.

While there are already other products similar to Injectable Bone, those products experience some problems in that they harden into a solid mass or raise body temperature enough to damage other tissue in the immediate area.

Researchers state that Injectable Bone could actually promote bone growth by adding different mixtures in with the powder. “We can actually control the rate of degradation to tailor it to the individual's healing,” said Quirk.

While Injectable Bone isn’t meant to permanently replace bone, it does work to give the body time to repair itself. The creators of the product say that it could also possible be used to replace metal pins currently used in surgery.

RegenTec hopes to have Injectable Bone available within 18 months, but is currently waiting for FDA approval.

Source: Discovery

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Comments
Jan 2, 2009
by Anonymous

title

totally misleading

Jan 2, 2009
by Anonymous

my gf loves it when i inject

my gf loves it when i inject my bone

Jan 3, 2009
by Anonymous

shopped

totally photoshopped. you can tell from the pixels

Jan 3, 2009
by Anonymous

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Jan 4, 2009
by Anonymous

too cool

It'll cause cancer

Jan 5, 2009
by Anonymous

????

wtf has photoshop got to do with it? it's a promo shot for god's sake............ or are the gonna inject the bone with your miraculous pixels? Retard

Jan 5, 2009
by Anonymous

If Spung Bob ever breaks his

If Spung Bob ever breaks his leg, then he'll be OK ;°)

Jan 5, 2009
by Anonymous

I love Spung Bog

And fish him well.

Jan 5, 2009
by Anonymous

The shadows are all

The shadows are all wrong!

No, but in all seriousness...

This seems like the Skele-Gro from Harry Potter. Anyone remember that?

Jan 5, 2009
by Anonymous

Bones can break?

This is good to know when I discover that bones can break.

Jan 7, 2009
by Anonymous

this will never work only

this will never work only God can heal bones.

Jan 7, 2009
by Anonymous

God created minds to think.. Be thankful for smart people!

Hello??? anyone out there??... bone glue has been on the market for many years.

What is amazing about this regenerative medicine, is that when injected into your body it works with your body warmth to create a pourous structure/space filler that creates a niche for your own cells and growth factors to help repair your broken bone.

Healing a bone faster sounds great to me. I dont know about you, but I have been in casts for several months, and that is not fun.

This technology could turn into "injectable heart"! What does that mean???
If you have a heart attack, you have the ability to have your own body heal its damaged heart. This has great potential to save a lot of lives.

Jan 8, 2009
by Anonymous

:|

"this will never work only God can heal bones".

shut up moron.

it won't work and you'd still have to wear a cast even if it past pre clin. trials. spongebob would be sorted though :D

Jan 8, 2009
by Anonymous

dude she'd enjoy mine so

dude she'd enjoy mine so much more!

Jan 8, 2009
by Anonymous

bone stuff

wow... this is to good to be true no way it worx

Jan 11, 2009
by Anonymous

???

Are you some kinda retard or something? The bone heals itself!

Jan 12, 2009
by Anonymous

???

Maybe someone will invent instant brains.... some need it

Jan 15, 2009
by Anonymous

Oh God

This will do terrible things. I just know it. You know that condition in which the body replaces damaged tissue with bone? Yeah, this is like the non-genetic form of that. Oh God oh God oh God.

Feb 22, 2009
by Anonymous

I am here to escort the

I am here to escort the retards.The door is 156A, not 156EH.