Foods For Strong Bones Allegan MI

Whenever a broken bone heals, someone's bound to tell you that it's stronger than before. But that's not the case when an accident or surgery creates a gap that requires a bone graft. Then the new bone forms mostly on the surface of the implant, leaving the center hollow and weak.

Walmart Supercenter
(269) 685-6191
412 Cross Oaks Mall
Plainwell, MI
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(269) 685-9820
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Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Walmart Supercenter
(269) 544-0718
501 South 9Th Street
Kalamazoo, MI
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(269) 544-2943
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Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Village Market
(269) 628-5656
407 S State St
Gobles, MI

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Hamilton Food Ctr
(269) 751-6681
3416 Lincoln Rd
Hamilton, MI

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(269) 672-7140
71 124th Ave
Shelbyville, MI

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Aldi
5355 West Main Street
Kalamazoo, MI
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Monday-Friday 9am - 8pm
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Sunday 10am - 6pm

Village Market
(269) 637-4112
100 Monroe St
Allegan, MI

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(269) 628-2501
102 S State St
Gobles, MI

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(269) 521-7890
110 N Van Buren
Bloomingdale, MI

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(616) 681-9521
1614 142ND Ave
Dorr, MI

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A Better Bone Bridge

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By James Keough

Whenever a broken bone heals, someone’s bound to tell you that it’s stronger than before. But that’s not the case when an accident or surgery creates a gap that requires a bone graft. Then the new bone forms mostly on the surface of the implant, leaving the center hollow and weak. Until now, that is. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have found a way to fill a gap with solid new bone by making a temporary bridge out of an unlikely mix of things: cement, a biodegradable mesh, a patient’s own bone cells, and extracts from seaweed and crustacean shells.

How does it work? The mesh provides a rebar-like structure that reinforces the cement, which is made from calcium phosphate (a mineral found in bone), and the shells yield chitosan, a biopolymer that makes the cement stronger. The bone cells get mixed right into the cement. Normally that would kill them, but the researchers first coat the cells with a natural polymer found in seaweed. Once in place, this mixture hardens enough to close the gap. Then the seaweed polymer dissolves, and the bone cells start to grow in the space left behind. And because the new bone growth occurs throughout the bridge, it is stronger than traditional grafts.

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