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New Disc Replacement surgery. Posted by Rheumatologist Dubai

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HealthDay (8/2, Mann) reported that spinal discs made out of “sheep cells in a gelatinous core, surrounded by a ring made of the protein collagen,” were able to “become one with the spine, and functioned much as their predecessors” in rats. HealthDay noted that most discs are currently replaced with metal implants, which can degrade. Researchers said the next step “is to look at these bio-discs in certain dog breeds that are known to develop degenerative disc disease.” Experts cautioned that the disc may not be able to bear as much weight as human spinal discs, that only a small percentage of back pain results from degraded discs, and that what works in rats often will not in humans. The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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