Washington: A naturally occurring protein may hold the key to a treatment for osteoporosis by increasing bone formation -- unlike available drugs which just attempt toreduce loss, say scientists. This announcement by a team at Sydney University in Australia follows over a decade of research into interferon gamma, a protein which is produced by the body`s immune system and stem cells, and is used as a treatment for hepatitis C. For their research, the scientists, led by Professor Gustavo Duque, worked with menopausal rodents, injecting low doses of interferon gamma in the small mammals. Tests revealed the mice had increased bone mass and decreased bone damageresulting from menopause-associated osteoporosis. Prof Duque said: "This is a major step in development of a completely new type of medication for osteoporosis, which stimulate bone formation instead of stopping bone destruction.
Pakistan troops violate ceasefire again
DDA offers over 25K flats in 2014 housing scheme
No LoP: SC asks Modi govt to clear stand
Jaipur: Air India flight makes emergency landing due to technical fault