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  • Cartilage made from stem cells

    Using pluripotent stem cells, a team of Duke Medicine researchers has engineered cartilage. The findings suggest that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) may be a viable source of patient-specific articular cartilage tissue.

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  • Vanguard in La Grange Debuts Medical Offices in Former Attic

    The medical group held its grand opening last Wednesday for its new orthopedics and plastic/reconstructive surgery offices on the building's second floor.

    Virtually no hint remains that the second floor of Vanguard Medical Group in La Grange was once mostly a disused attic.

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  • Learn how Chicago's top Orthopedic Experts at Macneal Hospital can get your life back on track

    Thursday, October 18 at 5 PM 
    Presented by Thomas Smith, D.O. 
    MacNeal Hospital-Staff Room
    3249 S. Oak Park Avenue
    Berwyn, IL 60402

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  • Dr Tom Smith, will have an open house at his new practice location

    Dr Tom Smith, will have an open house at his new practice location 47 South 6th Avenue in La Grange, on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 4 to 7 PM.

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  • MacNeal hospital honored as one of Chicagoland's Best Hospitals.

    macneal hospital voted best US news

    MacNeal Hospital is ranked as one of U.S. News & World Report's Best Regional Hospitals, with distinctions in Orthopedics and Urology.

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  • Vanguard MacNeal Hospital Acheives Gold Standard in Nursing Excellence.

    Vanguard MacNeal Hospital has achieved Magnet® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met.

    Magnet is the highest recognition an organization can receive for nursing care as established by the ANCC, a division of the American Nurses Association (ANA). This award recognizes health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition of professional nursing practice. Of the more than 140 hospitals in the state of IL, MacNeal is proud to be one of only 33 in the state and 7 within the Chicago land area to hold this prominent designation.

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  • Study shows direct correlation between linear wear of hip implants and patient activity

    German and American researchers have conducted one of the first studies indicating a direct link between patient activity and the rate of linear wear in total hip replacements using alumina heads and conventional polyethylene.

    Using univariate regression analysis, Finn and colleagues were able to assess weight, age at surgery, peak activity, medium intensity steps, high intensity steps, inclination angle and acetabular anteversion, according to the abstract. Age, weight, gender and cup position were not associated with the linear wear rate.

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  • Tough gel stretches to 21 times its length, recoils, and heals itself - may pave the way to replacing damaged cartilage in human joints

    A team of experts in mechanics, materials science, and tissue engineering at Harvard have created an extremely stretchy and tough gel that may pave the way to replacing damaged cartilage in human joints.
    "Conventional hydrogels are very weak and brittle - imagine a spoon breaking through jelly," explains lead author Jeong-Yun Sun, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). "But because they are water-based and biocompatible, people would like to use them for some very challenging applications like artificial cartilage or spinal disks. For a gel to work in those settings, it has to be able to stretch and expand under compression and tension without breaking."

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  • Pioneering plan for stem cell hip replacements

    SCOTS researchers have revealed plans to create a revolutionary new hip implant that will use the latest stem cell technology to allow patients to grow their own bone, removing the need for regular replacement surgery.

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  • Minor exercise can protect premenopausal women's bones

    According to new research, premenopausal women who engage in physical activity can significantly reduce a known inhibitor of bone formation called sclerostin.

    The study, which will be published in the October issue of Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM), also found that physical activity improved IGF-1 levels, which have a positive impact on bone formation.

    "Physical activity training is conceptually simple, inexpensive, and can serve practical purposes including reducing the risk of low bone mass, osteoporosis, and consequently fractures. Our study found that even minor changes in physical activity were associated with clear effects on serum levels of sclerostin, IGF-1 and bone turnover markers."

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