Strathclyde Scientists 'Shaking a Leg' for Osteoporosis!

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Scientists at Strathclyde University ‘shaking a leg’ in search for Osteoporosis treatments!

By innovating with a new ‘Nanokicking’ intervention scientists have demonstrated they can stimulate bone cells to produce new bone in osteoporosis.

This new technique shows how primary research in physics, astrophysics and space science can have startling applications in the treatment of major diseases, such as osteoporosis. The interdisciplinary and cutting edge research at Strathclyde draws on physics research within ‘gravitational waves’. The new "nanokicking" technique they have applied at Strathclyde could have major implications for the treatment of osteoporosis and spinal injuries.

The technique involved delivering very precise vibrations to adult stem cells to stimulate them to act and create new bone.

The research team in Glasgow is led by Prof Stuart Reid. He was awarded £350,000 funding from the UK's Science and Technology FacilitiesCouncil (STFC) to spend two years applying nanoscale vibrations to patients with spinal injuries, and the results of their two years of meticulous research now being published have enormous potential to impact the treatment ofosteoporosis and inform how we maximize bone health in astrononauts whose bone mineral density is depleted when they spend periods in space.

See the link to the BBC article published 22ndJanuary 2019

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-46953192

 

 

With thanks to colleague Bill Lawson and others for spotting this very important health news item!

 

M A Smith 25.1.2019

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