A living bandage made from stem cells, that could optimize the treatment and prognosis for meniscal tears, a common sports knee injury, has been trialed in humans for the first time by scientists at the Universities of Liverpool and Bristol. More than a million people a year in the US and Europe alone suffer from… Read more

Swiss surgeons are using nose cartilage to operate on knees in Switzerland, reports a new study. The first-in-human phase I study used autologous cartilage tissue derived from nasal chondrocytes. Two years following reconstruction, the majority of recipients experienced improvements in pain, quality of life, and knee function. They also developed repair tissue that is similar… Read more

What gives the world’s most elite sprinters—those that compete in the 100, 200, 400, and 800-meter races—their speed? It’s all in the knees. Researchers were interested to know why Jamaica, with a population smaller than that of Los Angeles, is home to so many of the world’s elite sprinters. Previous research had shown that the… Read more

Acupuncture doesn’t offer any benefit for moderate or severe chronic knee pain in people over 50, according to a recent clinical trial. Researchers randomly assigned 282 patients with chronic knee pain to needle acupuncture, laser acupuncture, no acupuncture, or sham (inactive) laser treatment administered by general practitioners. Treatments lasted for 12 weeks and neither the… Read more

Running is a sport that creates loyalty and perseverance. Runners are often accused of being addicted to their sport and others call it getting runners ‘high’. Whatever the explanation athletes who choose to run do anything in their power to continue the activity, well past the time when their physicians tell them to stop. Running… Read more