Faster healing

Harnessing a stem-cell-activating protein may help people recover faster from surgery or other trauma, according to Thomas Rando, MD, PhD, professor of neurology and neurological sciences and his Stanford colleagues.

The researchers found that mice injected with the protein, called HGFA, two days before muscle injury regained muscle function more quickly, their skin healed more rapidly and even the fur shaved around the injury regrew faster.

Rando is senior author of the study, published April 18, 2017, in Cell Reports.