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  Newsmakers   28 Apr 2018  Now, glue could fix broken bones in just 5 minutes

Now, glue could fix broken bones in just 5 minutes

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Apr 28, 2018, 1:40 pm IST
Updated : Apr 28, 2018, 1:40 pm IST

Swedish researchers claim it could help millions of patients with osteoporosis, a condition that makes them prone to fractures.

The glue uses the same reliable 'bonding' technique used in dentistry, known as thiol-ene coupling, or TEC.
 The glue uses the same reliable 'bonding' technique used in dentistry, known as thiol-ene coupling, or TEC.

In a new development, glue that could fix broken bones in a matter of minutes has been developed by scientists.

Swedish researchers claim it could help millions of patients with osteoporosis, a condition that makes them prone to fractures.

Laboratory trials, on rat bones, showed that the adhesive would work in five minutes.

Further studies are needed to confirm it works in humans, but experts at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm are hopeful.

Speaking about the breakthrough, lead researcher Professor Michael Malkoch said that they have finally managed to identify a surgically realizable adhesive to fix bone fractures.

The results of the experiment into using glue to fix the bones of several rats were published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.

Dentists have used glues to fix broken teeth for years. But, until now, scientists had stumbled across various obstacles in using it to mend bones.

The new adhesive, yet to be named, is 55 per cent stronger than similar ones used already by dentists to fix broken teeth.

And Professor Malkoch argued the Royal Institute of Technology's creation has none of the other problems encountered previously.

The glue uses the same reliable 'bonding' technique used in dentistry, known as thiol-ene coupling, or TEC.

Bone naturally takes up to 12 weeks to heal and many people are left in slings, or needing crutches to help them recover.

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