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Swiss doctors use nasal cells to repair damaged knees

Doctors in Switzerland have reported successfully using cartilage cells harvested from patients’ own noses to produce cartilage transplants to treat the knees of 10 adults (aged 18-55 years) whose cartilage was damaged by injury.

TCD collaborates on groundbreaking MND study

Some 180 scientists from 17 different countries — including researchers from the Smurfit Institute of Genetics at Trinity College — have collaborated on groundbreaking research that has identified three previously unknown genes that shed light on the underlying causes of motor neurone disease (MND).

Knee damage helped by exercise as much as surgery

Exercise therapy is as effective as surgery for middle-aged patients with a common type of knee injury known as meniscal tear, where the damage is to the rubbery discs that cushion the knee joint, a study in The BMJ has found.

TCD team link CTE with mild traumatic brain injuries

Working with the Dublin Brain Bank, Beaumont Hospital and St James’s Hospital, scientists at Trinity College Dublin have discovered a new and previously unreported feature of the degenerative brain condition chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) that may shed light on how it is diagnosed and ultimately treated.

Post-2006 hip replacements prone to failure

Metal on metal (MoM) hip replacements implanted since 2006 are more prone to failure and patients with them have a greater need for further surgery, finds research looking at revision rates at one hospital trust for the DePuy Pinnacle device.