Research into the effectiveness of stem cells for arthritis is making headlines today:

Osteoarthritis may be added to the list of diseases and conditions treatable by stem cells therapy. British scientists have hailed the results of a new, experimental stem cell treatment for osteoarthritis as ‘astonishing’.

The research team investigating the effectiveness of stem cells as a treatment option has successful transformed stem cells from IVF clinics into cartilage cells. So far, the treatment has been tested in rats. Professor Sue Kimber, who led the research, said “Developing and testing this process in rats is the first step in generating the information needed to run a study in people with arthritis.” The scientists hope that the will be able to begin human treatment within 5 years.

Medical News Today reported that, “After 4 weeks the cartilage was partially repaired. After 12 weeks, the cartilage surface was smooth and similar in appearance to normal cartilage.”

Osteoarthritis can be a devastating and degenerative disease that attacks the knees, hips, fingers and lower back. Left untreated, it can leave sufferers in constant pain and stiffness in the joints.

To date, the only been treatments available have been pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs, which have mixed results and frequently unpleasant side effects. The new horizons that Professor Kimber’s research opens up could be the answer that many patients have been hoping for.

Click here to read more about this evolving research.

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