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    Default Humans have a 'salamander-like' ability to regrow cartilage, study finds

    Jessie Yeung
    Thu October 10, 2019

    (CNN)Humans may not be able to regrow amputated limbs like salamanders can -- but we do have a "salamander-like" ability to regrow damaged cartilage, a new study has found.
    The study, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, found that "cartilage in human joints can repair itself through a process similar to that used by creatures such as salamanders and zebrafish to regenerate limbs," according to the press release by Duke Health, which helped lead the research.
    These findings could open the door to new treatments for joint injuries and diseases like osteoarthritis -- and perhaps even lead to human limb regeneration one day.

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    Default Re: Humans have a 'salamander-like' ability to regrow cartilage, study finds

    This is an amazing study. Cartilage is mostly water and collagen. It's type 2 collagen, which is different to the type 1 collagen found in the skin. Type 2 collagen found in cartilage is really difficult to regenerate. But, if this comes to fruition at some point, this will be great news for the millions who suffer from osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease). Billions of dollars are spent each year on supplements, like glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates, by those trying to get relief from hip, knee, and ankle joint pain. And, sadly the research does not definitively show any real benefits from either. On the contrary, a new study released in 2018 showed "a possilbe association" between the use of chondroitin sulfate and melanoma. So, another reason why chondroitin users would celebrate the success of this research. The very best way to build type 1, 2 & 3 collagen is with "organic" bone broth.

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