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3D Printing Method Used to Create Human Cartilage

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Elizabeth M
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Another impressive medical innovation
Elizabeth M   7/16/2014 7:01:32 AM
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This is indeed a breakthrough to find a truly effective way to treat joint problems in the future. While artificial cartilage itself can help, cartilage with human cells would be a more natural way to replace what people lose over the years, especially those with joint disease. I myself have very little cartilage left in some of my joints and can see how this would be a welcome option for treatment. It will be interesting to see how this technology evolves, and just proves how valuable and even life changing 3D printing will be.

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Greg M. Jung   7/16/2014 2:23:52 PM
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Very impressive development which holds promise for many people.  I was especially intrigued by the 'novel' method of 3D printing that uses visible light.  I would be interested in learning about this process further as more details emerge in the future.

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Elizabeth M   7/17/2014 5:40:00 AM
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Yes, Greg, it seems like new 3D printing methods (and things that can be developed this way) are emerging every day. There will be a lot more news to come in this area for sure.

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Cabe Atwell   7/17/2014 3:38:12 PM
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Cool. My knees are saved! I just bought a skateboard, recently, and thought my cartilage is going to suffer. Now... I belive I will "have at it."

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Elizabeth M   7/21/2014 4:28:26 AM
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Well, Cabe, I think this technology is a bit of time away, but maybe by then it's when you will need it. But still I wouldn't risk your cartilage too badly! You may still need it in the future. ;) Enjoy the skateboard!

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Debera Harward   7/22/2014 1:01:19 AM
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Yes Elizebeth I agree that this technology is just little far away but no one can deny that in future this wil be one of the successull technology . We can see how it is evolving and making progress day by day . What I think is that in future we wont consider this as just a simple technology because it will definitely be helping out different patients and we can say that time has come when engineers are on there ways to be doctors or helping doctors to cure the diseases :)

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Elizabeth M   7/22/2014 6:34:22 AM
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Yes, Debera, I agree with you. I actually don't consider it a simple technology now! I think it's really complex and incredible that this can be done.

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Cabe Atwell   7/22/2014 2:55:59 PM
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That's a shame.. Perfect example of not enough money going into the medical research world.

But, for now, we have relly cool smartphones!

 

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Debera Harward   7/23/2014 12:13:37 AM
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But if we are investing money in medical Apps of smart phones it doubles our benefit . It is not only helpfull for our medications but also enhnaces , improves our technological skills side by side with medical skills as well.

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Debera Harward   7/23/2014 12:13:47 AM
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But if we are investing money in medical Apps of smart phones it doubles our benefit . It is not only helpfull for our medications but also enhnaces , improves our technological skills side by side with medical skills as well.

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Charles Murray   7/23/2014 5:17:40 PM
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I'm sorry I somehow missed this story when it originally appeared. This is a godsend for many people who need knee cartilage. One of my sons has had three knee operations due to sports injuries, and was told after the third surgery that his next operation will require the use of cadaver cartilage, which can have rejection issues. If a stereolithography technique can be used to build cartilage, I can only presume it wouldn't have those same rejection issues. There must be tens of thousands of people who could benefit from this.

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Elizabeth M   7/28/2014 7:59:13 AM
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Better late than never, Chuck. Thanks for the real-world perspective. It definitely sounds like the technology I've covered could solve those potential rejection issues. I myself am starting to feel the wear in my cartilage so find this type of thing a welcome breakthrough as well. I hope all goes well with your son!

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Charles Murray   7/29/2014 8:34:54 PM
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Literally two days after I posted my earlier comment, my son injured his knee yet again, and is now looking at a fourth surgery. I told him about this article, and we're both hoping this technology will make it to the medical market in the next few years. Thanks for writing this article, Liz. I'm sure there are many other people who can benefit from this.

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Elizabeth M   7/31/2014 5:49:11 AM
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Oh no, that's unfortunate. :( Well considering his age, he may some day be able to benefit from this technology one day. I hope for his sake it and others similar that will help restore cartilage and ease these type of conditions are finalized and approved sooner rather than later.

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3D PRINTING AND HUMAN CARTILAGE
bobjengr   7/29/2014 5:20:17 PM
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Fascinating post Elizabeth.  I'm running a little late on this one but it's great information.  I suffer from osteoarthritis in my right hip, resulting from road races I've participated in over the past three decades.  I'm now paying the price for all of the pavement pounding.  I have, so far, been able to forestall a hip replacement but my day is coming.  Maybe, just maybe, this development could result in pain relief without the replacement.  Again, great post and very informative. 

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Elizabeth M   8/4/2014 8:17:29 AM
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Thanks, bobjengr. Sorry to hear about your malady. But who knows, you may benefit from this! I think I mentioned it in a post before but I also can feel the cartilage in my knees, ankles and wrists weakening and dissipating now that I am in my 40s, so I may need this type of treatment as well down the line.

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