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February 1st, 2009

New technique for joint disease

Abstract:
SWISS doctors said on Sunday they had devised a smart microscopic technique that can fast-track diagnosis of people with osteoarthritis.

Their experimental 'atomic force microscope' is designed to be minimally invasive and could give patients early warning of problems ahead, according to their study, published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

Osteoarthritis is caused by an erosion of the cartilage, the 'cushion' between the joints, and by a decrease in the fluid that lubricates the joint.

The technique, devised by a team led by Dr Martin Stolz of the University of Basel, entails tapping the surface of a joint with a tiny tip that responds to stiffness.

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