Velcro Therapy--Branching polymerPosted by Pauline on 8/03/04 at 20:59 (156870)
Biomedical researchers have developed a therapy that could dramatically prevent the formation of scar tissue. The article appeared in Science News July 31st issue and it's application right now is aimed at preventing the formation of scar tissue from forming following Glaucoma surgery which inserts tiny tubes to drain fluid. One third of these surgeries fail due to the formation of scar tissue which block the tubes.
If you get a chance to read the article it's most hopefull not just for this application, but researchers at Dendritic Nano/Technologies in Mt. Pleasant, MI think it can be applied to other types of surgery, and that it could also engender therapies for inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
The inflammation-causing cells in those conditions bear the same kinds of receptors that the cells involved in scar formation carry.
Researchers at U. of M. have already successfully engineered similar polymer chains to inhibit the influenza A virus and another polymer based therapy that blocks Aids causing virus HIV is already being tried in patients in Australia.
Exciting news. Can you imagine surgeries without scar tissue. What a deal for the feet, or a simple therapy that stops rheumatoid arthritis in it's track.
It appears great new research is taking place right here in Michigan.