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Bones repaired with stroke of a pen
The Australian ^ | December 28, 2013 | Murad Ahmed

Posted on 12/27/2013 5:17:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

SURGEONS may soon be able to "draw" new bone, skin and muscle on to patients after scientists created a pen-like device that can apply human cells directly to car-crash victims and others with serious injuries.

Australian scientists have made a "BioPen", which allows doctors to apply stem cells and growth factors on to damaged and diseased bones. The machine works in a similar way to a 3D printer, building up the materials required to heal a bone. Experts have said it could improve bone reconstruction surgery.

The device was created at the University of Wollongong and St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne. It could be ready for human trials within five years. The scientists say it could also be used to heal damaged skin and muscle. "The next most immediate application may be in bone regeneration," said Gordon Wallace, director of the university's intelligent polymer research institute. "As we optimise the BioPen design and add new features ... we anticipate other applications."

Peter Choong, the director of orthopaedics at St Vincent's, said: "This type of treatment may be suitable for repairing acutely damaged bone and cartilage, for example, from sporting or motor vehicle injuries."

Instead of using implants, which do not work exactly as human tissue does, a matrix of human cells would turn into real cartilage, and doctors might be able to sketch replacement bone to the exact needs of a patient.

Professor Wallace and his team created the device after asking doctors how best to combine the science behind stem cells with developments in 3D printing.

The BioPen delivers cell material inside a protective gel. This gel is made up of a "biopolymer", such as alginate, a seaweed extract, which is protected by an outer layer of gel. The two layers of gel are combined within the pen head to create a "bio-ink". This gel is forced on to the bone surface and the surgeon "draws" with the ink to fill in the damaged bone.

An ultraviolet light is used to solidify the ink, providing protection for the cells while they are built up, layer by layer, to construct a 3D "scaffold" inside a wound. Once cells are drawn, they develop and multiply to become nerves, muscle and bone.

Researchers have grown new knee cartilage, which could "treat cancers, osteoarthritis and traumatic injury".


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 3dprinters; 3dprinting; bones; health; medicine; science; stemcells; technology

1 posted on 12/27/2013 5:17:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This Is astonishingly good news!

more than a minute after reading the article..Im still sitting here basking in its utter genius


2 posted on 12/27/2013 5:33:26 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Its beginning to look a lot like Kwanzaa)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is wonderful.

I don't have any health insurance right now, since O-bomb-ya-care priced me out of the market. My great hope is to survive for 3 more years without any falls, broken bones, or medical crises (I'm 62) so that at 65 I can get onto Medicare and maybe get a left knee replacement.

Think there will be a 3-D bone-and-cartilege-drawing pen out there in 3 - 5 years?

Think there will be a Medicare?

3 posted on 12/27/2013 5:33:51 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Department of Redundancy Department.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Pity, that society collapses soon.


4 posted on 12/27/2013 5:34:34 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We’re a the precipice of many wonderful medical breakthroughs, just as we are entering into a third world medical system. I’m sure the elites will be privy to the modern medicine, however.


5 posted on 12/27/2013 5:39:51 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: MeshugeMikey

This is some straight up sci-fi stuff. WOW


6 posted on 12/27/2013 5:40:23 PM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Research “medical tourism” on the Internet. I predict it will save millions of lives and save people 50-80% on operations and other medical treatments. India, the Philippines, Singapore, Mexico and many countries in South America are already beefing up their infrastructure.


7 posted on 12/27/2013 5:40:34 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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8 posted on 12/27/2013 5:42:44 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I had a humeral head fracture a few months ago. (shoulder, displaced.)

The surgery entailed a plate and 12 screws, and I’m told they use a substance described as an epoxy made with cadaver bone powder.


9 posted on 12/27/2013 5:44:58 PM PST by truth_seeker (Nissan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Experts have said it could improve bone reconstruction surgery.

As a professional in this area, color me skeptical. At most this would be a secondary treatment.

10 posted on 12/27/2013 5:47:41 PM PST by Balata (Obama is a Lying Fraud, and so are his followers!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah -— I can see it coming...


11 posted on 12/27/2013 6:05:08 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Without justice, what else is the state but a large band of robbers?" - St. Augustine of Hippo)
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To: diverteach

Yes at least one of those visionary writers of the past likely wrote about this somewhere not all that many years ago.


12 posted on 12/27/2013 6:13:57 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Its beginning to look a lot like Kwanzaa)
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To: Lazamataz

its looking fairly DIM at present but theres always that Miracle...


13 posted on 12/27/2013 6:14:53 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Its beginning to look a lot like Kwanzaa)
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To: null and void

Times are changing. Here is one for your ping list.


14 posted on 12/27/2013 6:19:31 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

15 posted on 12/27/2013 6:36:09 PM PST by Dogbert41 (Up yours NSA !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Peter Choong, the director of orthopaedics at St Vincent's, said: "This type of treatment may be suitable for repairing acutely damaged bone and cartilage, for example, from sporting or motor vehicle injuries."

And when plastic surgeons get this technology you'll see weirdos wanting horns on their forehead, and spurs on their arms. Tatoos won't hold a candle to what people will do with their bodies in the near-future.

16 posted on 12/27/2013 6:46:19 PM PST by roadcat
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin; AFPhys; AD from SpringBay; ADemocratNoMore; aimhigh; AnalogReigns; archy; ...

17 posted on 12/27/2013 7:12:35 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: roadcat
People are ALREADY getting horns on their forehead. You can google images of it. Make sure the kids are out of the room if you do.

/johnny

18 posted on 12/27/2013 7:15:35 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is not the only ground breaking medical technology coming out of Australia, nor is it the most important or near to commercialization. Check out PolyNovo Biomaterials for example. What they are doing with the treatment of serious burns is game changing, and has attracted the interest of the US government. Or Phosphagenics with their abuse resistant transdermal oxymorphone, and topical oxycodone (not central nervous sysyem, does not enter the bloodstream).

Lots of good stuff coming out of the land down under.


19 posted on 12/27/2013 7:16:06 PM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Bones” McCoy would be proud.


20 posted on 12/27/2013 7:17:18 PM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wish they had this thirty years ago.


21 posted on 12/27/2013 7:18:10 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will there eventually be sixty five year old pro football players?


22 posted on 12/27/2013 7:22:43 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican
How old is Brett Favre now?

/johnny

23 posted on 12/27/2013 7:30:30 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just like Brycreem

A little dab’ll do ya.


24 posted on 12/27/2013 9:04:47 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"..... AFTER scientists created a pen-like device that can apply human cells directly to car-crash victims and others with serious injuries....."

.... Of course the first few sentences sum up the genius that is scientific reporting!!! .... All scientists need to do is invent such a device!!! Personally I can't wait until they invent the Magic Wand that can miraculously do anything!!! Yup ..... All they have to do is invent it!! Heck ...... I can't wait (Although logic would dictate that I have to)

25 posted on 12/27/2013 10:33:39 PM PST by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If we don’t have money for Obamacare premiums, or even old-fashioned premiums, we certainly don’t have money for medical tourism! Sheesh, I couldn’t afford one domestic plane ticket, much less a foreign ticket, much less housing, meals, ground transport, and a medical procedure in a foreign country.


26 posted on 12/28/2013 6:42:17 AM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I dunno, but if he gets much older the Cards will sign him....


27 posted on 12/28/2013 8:12:05 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Where are they going to get the raw materials. Stem cells from a random person would be promptly rejected. It could work with stem cells from the patient, but it would take time to collect some and then expand them in the lab sufficient for the task. Everyone having sufficient spares frozen away is a SF dream, which may or may not become possible, but certainly won’t become so soon.


28 posted on 12/28/2013 10:06:58 AM PST by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One to keep an eye on :-)


29 posted on 12/29/2013 7:12:35 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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