New opportunities for bone remodelling thanks to biotechnology

When applied to health, biotechnology is offering ever more spectacular possibilities, as shown in the results of a new study called “N-Phenacylthiazolium Bromide Reduces Bone Fragility Induced by Nonenzymatic Glycation” carried out by biomedical engineers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy (USA) and recently published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

The results of this study show that N-phenacylthiazolium bromide, or PTB, can dissolve impurities within bone tissue that cause the femur and other major bones in the body to become more fragile, so significantly increasing the risk of bone fractures. Deepak Vashishth, director of the Centre for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, said “The recent findings are an important milestone on the path to our long-term goal of realizing a drug-based intervention for reducing age-related problems in bone tissue.” A look at how our bones work Bones change and are constantly Read more

Our health starts with a good diet

As we have discussed in past editions of this blog, our health does not depend solely on our doctors, an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. Our health is in our hands more than we think. Our well-being is dependent upon our ability to get to know and become aware of our body, as well as to prevent health problems through healthy habits and behaviours that become essential as we get older.

Without a doubt, one of the habits that can enhance our health and quality of life is good nutrition. A nutritious and balanced daily diet will provide us with proteins, vitamins and carbohydrates that our body needs for its daily physical and mental activity, helping to prevent some health problems that may become severe. Diseases that may have its origins in a poor diet Heart problems The excess fats are always a bad travelling companion when it comes to our health. The high consumption of fats in our body produces high levels of cholesterol - known as "bad" - and hypertension, both of Read more

Pain that forms part of the disease

Unfortunately, pain is part of the lives of millions of patients worldwide. It is an annoying companion, and at times unbearable or invisible. It decreases our quality of life and in turn converts actions and daily activities into torture. 

Limiting the pain is probably the best way to define it. In this regard, we can identify the pain as a sensation triggered by the nervous system, which may manifest itself continuously or intermittently. This pain either appears in concentrated form in one area of our body or it may even be more widespread.

We all know that it is difficult to understand pain as something positive, above all when we are patients. From a diagnostic point of view, it could be said that this is true. The onset of pain is a sure sign that something is not right in our body and it can give us very important clues about serious diseases, for which early diagnosis can be critical. On the other hand, there are conditions such as osteoporosis (spoken about in a recent blog) which may not, a priori, be painful, but there is the danger of not undertaking any prevention or Read more