STUDY: Single Injection of Stem Cells Could Restore Normal Bone Structure
By Dr. Mark Pinsky // March 22, 2016
Osteoporosis affects over 20 million people
Based upon a study performed at the University of Toronto and reported in the Science Daily, a single injection of stem cells could restore a patient’s normal bone structure.
Osteoporosis affects over 20 million people worldwide and affects both men and women, although this is mostly presented as a female disease. The disease is responsible for an astonishing 8.9million fractures worldwide.
An estimated 20 percent of women suffering with an osteoporosis related hip fracture die within the first year of the fracture.
The study showed, in mice, that there was a direct correlation to osteoporosis and low or defective mesenchymal stem cells. Therefore, if these stem cells were replaced the result should be to prevent or treat osteoporosis.
Researchers tested their theory by injecting osteoporotic mice with mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) from healthy mice.
These stem cells are capable of dividing into different cell types throughout the body and even more impressive is that they can be transplanted from person to person without the need for matching.
There is also no fear of rejection as is the case when transfusing blood of different types.
After just 6 months, osteoporotic bone had been replaced by healthy, functional bone and the most exciting news is that ancillary trials have already begun in the United States.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Mark Pinsky has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years and is the director of the Pinsky Family and Sports Medicine Center in Viera, Florida, where he provides one-on-one care to his patients.
“My goal is to educate patients about their medical conditions so they can learn how to prevent disease or minimize complications from their existing conditions,” said Dr. Pinsky.
Dr. Pinsky is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Academy of Family Medicine and completed his doctorate degree from the University Of Health Sciences College Of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. His family practice residency was served at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
In addition, Dr. Pinsky completed a sports medicine fellowship in Cleveland, Ohio with Lutheran Medical Center in conjunction with Horizon Orthopedics; the team physicians for the Cleveland Indians. He also has a certificate of additional qualifications in Sports Medicine from the American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Pinsky also speaks nationally for several pharmaceutical companies.
SPORTS MEDICINE VETERAN
Dr. Pinsky has worked closely with high school, college, Olympic and professional athletes. During his 20-year career in Brevard County, Florida, he has served as the team physician for several high schools.
Currently, Dr. Pinsky provides care for Viera High School athletes, and is a partner of Medical Associates of Brevard.
Dr. Pinsky is dedicated to patient-centered care through MDVIP, a nationwide network of physicians whose sole purpose is to provide superior individualized healthcare.
MDVIP makes patient medical issues their top priority. As an MDVIP physician, Dr. Pinsky takes pride in doing just that for each and every patient in his practice.
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