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3D-printed Cortex concept scratches the itch of healing broken bones

3D-printed Cortex concept scratches the itch of healing broken bones | Longevity science | Scoop.it

The only thing worse than breaking a bone is waiting for it to heal. During the healing process itself, wearing a fiberglass and plaster cast can be a stinky, itchy endeavor that is uncomfortable and inconvenient; all for an injury that is completely internal. Enter Jake Evill's Cortex concept. Beyond having an awesome last name, Jake Evill, a media design graduate of the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, has managed to modernize the ancient concept of a splint using 3D printing technology.

 

 

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Artificial bone scaffold combines stem cells and plastic to heal broken bones | KurzweilAI

Artificial bone scaffold combines stem cells and plastic to heal broken bones | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

To improve bone healing, researchers at Edinburgh and Southampton universities have used a honeycomb scaffold structure, which allows blood to flow through it, enabling stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow to attach to the material and grow new bone.

Over time, the plastic slowly degrades as the implant is replaced by newly grown bone.

 

 

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Personalized bone substitutes created from skin cells | KurzweilAI

Personalized bone substitutes created from skin cells | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Patient-specific bone substitutes from skin cells for repair of large bone defects are now possible, thanks to research by a team of New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute scientists.

 

The study represents a major advance in personalized reconstructive treatments for patients with bone defects resulting from disease or trauma. It promises to lead to customizable, three-dimensional bone grafts on-demand, matched to fit the exact needs and immune profile of a patient.

 

 

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