Horse tendon treatment now to be tested on people

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A successful treatment for tendon injuries in horses is to be tested on people.

The pioneering stem cell treatment, developed by VetCell Bioscience in Cambridge, has been so successful in horses it will now be trialled on human beings with tendon injuries.

In tests on more than 1,500 horses with tendon problems, half were less likely to re-injure themselves over a three-year period if their tendons were injected with stem cells, as opposed to receiving only conventional treatments — like box rest, icing and anti-inflammatory drugs.

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