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Texas Legislators Give Boost to Stem Cell Treatments

Posted by taylor@stemsave.com on Jun 22, 2017 1:00:00 PM

The Texas legislature has just passed House Bill 810, allowing chronically or terminally ill patients access to adult stem cell treatments that are currently in clinical trials but are not yet approved by the FDA. Hence, potentially successful treatments may now be accessed by patients who have exhausted all other measures of treatment, but whose time will have run out by the time these treatments receive approval.

 

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Topics: stem cell treatments, regenerative medicine, FDA approval

Treating Spinal Disc Degeneration with Stem Cells

Posted by hunter@stemsave.com on Jun 21, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Creative Medical Technology Holdings Inc. has announced plans to conduct clinical trials for the treatment of spinal disc degeneration. Lower back pain, caused by disc degeneration, is a leading cause of disability around the world.  Building on medical studies that suggests that disc degeneration is caused by the deterioration [over time] of the system of blood vessels that provide nutrients and oxygen to the spine’s discs, the company is developing the protocols for a treatment that introduces autologous [the patient’s own] mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to the discs of the spinal cord to induce angiogenesis – i.e. the stimulation of new blood vessel production. 

 

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Topics: mesenchymal stem cells, regenerative medicine, spinal disc regeneration

Keeping Pets Happy with Stem Cells

Posted by maxi@stemsave.com on Jun 19, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Dr. Farid Saleh at the Erhlich Animal Hospital and Arthritis Therapy Center in Tampa, Florida is utilizing innovative stem cell treatments to improve the lives of pets with degenerative disorders. Just like people, animals can suffer from ailments such as arthritis, and this leads to difficulty moving, which significantly decreases the animal’s quality of life. The Hospital’s application of stem cell treatments in animals could disseminate throughout the medical industry, making treatments more readily accessible to people, in addition to bettering the lives of everyone’s beloved pets.

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Topics: stem cell treatments, regenerative medicine, arthritis treatment

Stem Cells Bone Up on Space Travel

Posted by devin@stemsave.com on Jun 15, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Researchers at UCLA, in a step toward clinical trials, have sent subjects to space to test an osteoporosis drug under development. In the latest trial, mice that are administered the drug have been sent to the international space station, where loss of bone mass is exacerbated due to lack of gravity. The drug, NELL-1, has the ability to direct stem cells to become osteoblasts (bone-building cells), making bone restoration more prolific, as well as slowing the loss of bone mass due to age. This drug has the potential to help people with significant bone trauma, such as astronauts, who are subject to loss of bone mass due to prolonged exposure to microgravity, members of the military who experience injury, and individuals experiencing bone loss due to age.

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Topics: osteoporosis, stem cell treatments, regenerative medicine

Muscular Disorders Corrected with Stem Cells

Posted by anna@stemsave.com on Jun 13, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Heart Institute have discovered a possible method of directing stem cells to fuse together and form functional skeletal muscle. Utilizing gene therapy, their research has provided insight into correcting disorders like muscular dystrophy, and congenital and metabolic myopathy. By identifying the genes Gm 7325 and Tmem8c, as well as their corresponding proteins, researchers have determined their paired role in directing muscle stem cells (myoblasts) in fusing and creating functional striated muscle tissue, which is responsible for movement.

 

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Topics: Muscular Dystrophy, adult stem cells, myopathy, myoblasts

Stem Cells Score Touchdown in Win Over ACL Injuries

Posted by pamela@stemsave.com on Jun 8, 2017 1:45:00 PM

Ryan Tannehill, quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, avoided invasive ACL repair with a stem cell treatment. A common injury among athletes, ACL tears require surgery and long months of recovery and physical therapy to restore normal mobility and function in the knee. Tannehill was able to avoid this arduous process in favor of a stem cell treatment, and although he is required to wear a brace, he does not display limited mobility typically associated with this injury.

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Topics: ACL Tear, regenerative medicine, adult stem cells, non-invasive treatment

Premature Babies Build Lungs with Stem Cells

Posted by taylor@stemsave.com on Jun 6, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Dr. Bernard Thébaud at the Ottawa Hospital in Canada has been researching the application of mesenchymal stem cells to treat bronchopulmonary dysplasia, a disorder found in nearly half of the infants born before 28 weeks’ gestation. Given that the lungs are the last organs to develop, premature babies suffer from a variety of respiratory ailments, and this deficiency leads to problems with the brain and eyesight as well. Showing promising results in reduction of inflammation and tissue repair in mice subjects, Dr. Thébaud's team has been given a grant to begin clinical trials with 10 to 15 prematurely born patients. The trials are expected to commence within the next two years.

                                          

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Topics: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia, regenerative medicine, respiratory deficiencies, premature babies

Age Reversal with Stem Cells

Posted by davids@stemsave.com on Jun 2, 2017 1:00:00 PM

 

Dr. Valery Krizhanovsky at the Weizmann Institute of Science has built on the work of previous researchers in order to identify the role of senescent cells in age-related ailments, such as cancers, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s and others. He explains that senescent cells accumulate in the body, do not follow the stable cell cycle and cease to divide. However, despite the body’s mechanisms for apoptosis, or programmed cell death, these aged cells do not self-destruct. Using stem cells to grow human tissue in the lab, Krizhanovsky is able to accurately determine the behavior of senescent cells in humans, rather than making observations solely based on animal subjects.

 

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Topics: regenerative medicine, autologous stem cells, reversing aging

Blood Cells Produced with Stem Cells

Posted by Kelsey StemSave on May 25, 2017 1:43:46 PM

 

Researchers at Weill Cornell College of Medicine and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed two methods to utilize stem cells taken from patients to produce full-fledged blood cells. By genetically engineering adult stem cells, researchers were able to create blood stem cells that could differentiate into white and red blood cells, as well as platelets. This revolutionary technique could help patients who require regular blood transfusions, as well as those who are awaiting bone marrow donations.

 

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Topics: blood cells, bone marrow, regenerative medicine

Hair Raising Stem Cells

Posted by hunter@stemsave.com on May 13, 2017 1:00:00 PM

 

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a gene that directs the production of a stem cell factor (SCF) and a protein, which are both essential for hair growth and pigmentation. Stem cells are concentrated in the skin around hair follicles, and when both the protein and the SCF are active, they move up from the bulb of the follicles to produce pigmented hairs. The genes responsible for the production of the KROX20 protein and the SCF were discovered by working backwards, turning off the gene and observing, in mice subjects, that no pigmentation was present in the hairs and that the subjects became bald.

 

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Topics: regenerative medicine, adult stem cells, hair loss treatment

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