Scientists aim at joint injuries that can trigger arthritis
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arthritis isn't always from the wear and tear of getting older — younger adults too often get it after suffering knee or ankle injuries. Now researchers are hunting a way to stave off the damage, by targeting the little energy factories that power cartilage cells.
University of Iowa scientists used pigs to mimic the cascade of cartilage damage that can begin with a broken ankle. Wednesday's study found using some old medications in a new way — rapidly injecting them into the animals' joints — interrupted that cycle of cell dysfunction to protect against arthritis.
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