MRT and the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
One of the things I love about the technology providers that I work with is that they are as dedicated as I am to keeping up to date and moving forward.
Now Med Tec, the German company who design and produce our MRT (MBST) machines is a pure science driven business! Constantly involved in research and organising studies to better understand the science behind the results as well as improve them.
I’ve spent my weekend reading the studies and this is the bullet point / layman’s terms outline of their latest research.
One of the Nobel prizes this year was won by scientists investigating the Circadian Rhythm.
The Circadian Rhythm is the internal, biological clock that helps every living thing anticipate and adapt to the regular rhythm of the day
These adaptations happens at a cellular level in each and every cell in your body.
There are indications that chronic misalignment between our lifestyle and our Circadian Rhythm is associated with increased risk for various diseases (many auto immune).
We know patients with Rheumatic Arthritis (RA) often have a daily pain pattern.
Studies (here, here and here) show that in patients with Rheumatic Arthritis, cells exhibit changes associated with an altered Circadian Rhythm. From this we assume that a damaged Circadian Rhythm at a cellular level is involved in the symptoms of Rheumatic Arthritis
Studies into Osteoarthritis (OA) show that these patients also often have a daily pain pattern. They have also demonstrated that in damaged cartilage the cellular proteins associated with Circadian Rhythm don’t function well and lead to cell degeneration (aka OA).
What does this mean?
Well it means that part of the cellular regeneration process that MRT initiates is regulating the Circadian Rhythm within cells (all those proteins and inhibitors outlined in the Nobel Prize research).
If the Circadian Rhythm works then the cell becomes healthier.
Healthy cells replicate more healthy cells at a better rate
More healthy cells mean less degeneration in the joint
Or, at least, that’s the theory so far!
As with so much medicine we can see the result but we are often still researching the exact route that the treatment takes to get there.
It’s so exciting!