'Microjoint' may postpone hip replacements by a decade or more: 4 insights

Written by Shayna Korol | April 09, 2018 | Print  |

Vice-Chancellor and President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Rocky Tuan Sung-chi, PhD, invented an artificial 'microjoint' that may be able to postpone hip replacements by 10 to 15 years, the South China Morning Post reports.

Here are four things to know.

1. Dr. Tuan is a professor of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He developed the microjoint with a team at the University of Pittsburgh.

2. A prototype is being tested on a dog after successful experiments on a miniature pig. Dr. Tuan believes human trials are three to four years away.

3. NASA has taken interest in the microjoint and plans to send it to the International Space Station to test why astronauts lose bone density during long periods of time in orbit.

4. The microjoint costs $100 to produce.

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