Growth fac­tor re­verses bone loss

The Progress-Index - - HEALTH -

Os­teo­poro­sis af­fects more than 50 mil­lion Amer­i­cans aged 50 and older, but a new bone-form­ing growth fac­tor could re­verse the af­fects of low bone mass. Cur­rently, most treat­ments for os­teo­poro­sis re­duce the rate of bone loss, but they don’t pro­mote new bone growth. Ac­cord­ing to re­searchers at the Chil­dren’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter Re­search In­sti­tute at UT South­west­ern, a newly dis­cov­ered one-form­ing growth fac­tor called Os­te­olectin pro­motes the growth of bone cells.

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