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Stem cell magnetic bandages used to repair worn joints and repair broken bones

MAGNETIC bandages could soon be used to repair worn joints and repair broken bones.

Researchers found that combining the bandages with an injection of stem cells helped cartilage and bone regrow.

Magnetic bandages could soon be used to repair worn joints and repair broken bones

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Magnetic bandages could soon be used to repair worn joints and repair broken bonesCredit: Alamy

The method, which would allow patients to recover at home, could mean the end of hip and knee surgeries.

The NHS does about 100,000 of these each year, spending £2billion treating 850,000 broken bones.

The technique involves attaching tiny magnetic particles to stem cells, which can turn into bone and cartilage.

They are injected before being directed to the damaged areas and activated by the magnetic bandage.

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In tests on sheep, the treatment accelerated bone repair. Trials on humans are planned.

Prof Alicia El Haj, of the University of Birmingham, said the method works better than existing treatments and is “quicker, cheaper and much less painful”.

She said: “You could have it at a GP clinic.”

The breakthrough will be presented at the Royal Society’s science exhibition this summer.

https://www.the-sun.com/health/5719561/magnetic-bandages-repair-worn-joints-broken-bones/ Stem cell magnetic bandages used to repair worn joints and repair broken bones

Sarah Y. Kim

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