Osteoarthritic stem cell discovery hints at disease’s first drug treatments

DISCOVERY: Life­span researchers Chathuraka T. Jayasuriya, left, and Qian Chen, both of Rhode Island Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, have discovered aberrant stem cells that may play a role in osteoarthritis. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO
DISCOVERY: Life­span researchers Chathuraka T. Jayasuriya, left, and Qian Chen, both of Rhode Island Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, have discovered aberrant stem cells that may play a role in osteoarthritis. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO
A May report by a team of researchers from Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University shows that a portion of unspecialized stem cells in joint cartilage of osteoarthritis patients may be advancing the disease. The finding could lead to the development of the first drug treatments for osteoarthritis. Until recently, medical wisdom held that cartilage…

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