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Bone and Muscle

Every movement of the body, from chewing food to picking up a pencil to standing perfectly still, requires the complex interaction of bones and muscles. Researchers are developing new treatments to shore up bone threatened by osteoporosis and materials to replace bone lost to traumatic injury.

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3D Bioprinting: A New Dimension in Tissue Engineering

Posted on: November 04, 2016

 

In 1984, Charles Hull patented a process he called “stereolithography.” Now called three-dimensional (3D) printing, this technology has been used to manufacture rocket engines, custom-fit athletic shoes, and other 3D printers. The medical field also has reaped the benefits of 3D printing. Imaging data from computed tomography (CT) scans, ultrasounds, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can produce 3D images on a computer, and precise 3D-printed anatomical models can be used for teaching or to help in surgical planning. Download the PDF or listen to the podcast below:

 


Regenerative Medicine: Advances from the Convergence of Biology & Engineering

Posted on: November 01, 2016

 

Throughout history, medical experts have dreamed of healing untreatable wounds, replacing a disfiguring scar with healthy skin, growing replacement lungs in the laboratory, and replacing a leg lost to injury or disease. Today, regenerative medicine has the potential to heal damaged tissues and organs, offering hope for those who have lost organ function due to age, disease, or injuries.  Download the PDF or listen to the podcast below:


Bone Buildings: The Science of Grafts, Biomaterials, and Bone Engineering

Posted on: March 15, 2009

 

Bone Buildings: The Science of Grafts, Biomaterials, and Bone Engineering - The science of bone grafting and bone biomaterials has provided extraordinary therapies for patients who have suffered bone loss through traumatic injury bone cancer or birth defects.  Read more...

 


Bone Builders: The Discoveries behind Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis

Posted on: September 15, 2001

 

Bone Builders: The Discoveries behind Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis - The discoveries that led to creating of drugs to treat osteoporosis came out of multiple animal studies, including those involving cows, rats and dogs.  Read more...

 


Making Anesthesia Safer: Unraveling the Malignant Hyperthermia Puzzle

Posted on: January 15, 2000

 

Making Anesthesia Safer: Unraveling the Malignant Hyperthermia Puzzle - The causes and prevention of malignant hyperthermia, a violent and sometimes deadly reaction to anesthesia, were discovered with help from pigs, who served as perfect models for this sudden onset condition.  Read more...