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We’re all aware that exercise has beneficial properties for our organs, our fitness and even our state of mind, but new research from the University of North Carolina indicates that it can even improve the state of our bones.

There’s been a long-held belief amongst the running community that a lighter frame results in a faster performance – but a recent study from the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center suggests that if this is taken too far, there can be a price to pay in the long term.

The will to win and the drive to push performance to its limits mean that Injuries come as part of the territory for most athletes. And the road to recovery after a sporting injury can be long, laborious and stressful, particularly for professionals.

Our interest has been piqued by the results of a new study conducted by the University of Aberdeen which has identified that stem cells could be a key tool to help repair damage to knee joints that have been affected by arthritis. Furthermore, the research – conducted over a period of five years – may be an important step towards future treatments which can nip the worst damage that arthritis can cause in the bud.

It’s long been seen as a sign (and a sound) of simple, unavoidable ageing, but it appears that there’s more to subjective crepitus – the grating, cracking and popping of knee joints – than first thought. What’s more, it could actually be an invaluable early-warning system for knee osteoarthritis.