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Date:4/2/2008

, in Fairfield, New Jersey, which provided Vignerys team with PTH for the study, believes the procedure could radically change the way patients are treated, particularly those with hip fractures. Such fractures often require major surgery, which is expensive and can be life-threatening in elderly patients. Instead, if an X-ray reveals a fracture, you could go in with a needle right there in the doctors suite and do without surgery, Levy says.

The patient would then be sent home with a prescription for PTH, and new bone would grow in the marrow cavity, repairing the fracture from the inside.

Peter Kay of the University of Manchester, UK, agrees that the technique sounds promising. This sort of minimally invasive technique to replace surgery sounds controversial, but if you can strengthen rats bones maybe there is potential. Levy says further animal tests are needed, but they hope to test the technique in humans before the end of the year.


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