Medical research

The art of building bone

Cell differentiation is a widely studied phenomenon forming the basis of all developmental processes including fetal growth and bone fracture healing. A series of recent studies indicates the emerging role of chondrocyte-to-osteoblast ...

Medical research

Technique triggers rapid regrowth in damaged bone (Update)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Imagine being able to re-grow a broken bone three times more quickly than normal. (Harry Potter fans? Think Skele-gro.) That’s just what researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have done ...

Medications

Complications rise along with off-label use of BMP-2

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002 approved a product many thought would revolutionize back surgery, the agency did so despite concerns the product might cause serious side effects.

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Ossification

Ossification is a medical term that is synonymous with bone tissue formation. Endochondral ossification and intramembranous ossification are two processes resulting in the formation of normal, healthy bone tissue. Heterotopic ossification is a process resulting in the formation of bone tissue, that is often atypical, at an extraskeletal location. Calcification is a medical term that is often confused with ossification. Calcification is synonymous with the formation of calcium-based salts and crystals within cells and tissue. Calcification is a process that occurs during ossification, but not vice versa.

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