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Time can heal some wounds, and technology can sometimes speed things up a bit. But regenerative medicine could really help to improve our health if we can re-grow body parts on demand. Here are just a few links on getting our bodies to heal themselves.
- Scientists have found lingering olfactory receptors in unexpected places — such as the skin — where these receptors may play a role in healing processes. Sandalwood oil which is often used in aromatherapy can bind to skin receptors and trigger skin cells to divide (and possibly help repair damage as part of a healing mechanism). [url]
- Several years ago, a man accidentally cut off the tip of his finger and discovered that cells from the lining of a pig’s bladder encouraged his fingertip to grow back within a few weeks. Regenerative medicine researchers have been studying the extra cellular matrix as a way to stimulate the re-growth of organ tissues and limbs. [url]
- Children under two years old have a natural ability to re-grow their fingertips without any special treatment at all. It only works if a little bit of the fingernail remains, and people lose this regenerative ability as they mature. There is some optimism that studying this phenomenon (which also happens in mice paws) will lead to an advance in medicine to re-grow arbitrary organs and help people recover from intractable diseases. [url]
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