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Stem Cells Accelerate Injury Recovery

Posted by on May 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Researchers for Stem Cell Biology at the University of Southern California are analyzing a precursory treatment for injuries utilizing stem cells in the blood. When an injury occurs in the body, idle cells in the blood are alerted to respond. After the injury occurs, a hepatocyte growth factor activator (HGFA) is shown to alert blood stem cells all over the body to respond and make the repairs, accelerating the healing process. By alerting these stem cells prior to injury, stem cell treatments could anticipate injuries and heal them more quickly in people who are in injury-prone professions.


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Topics: blood stem cells, injury recovery

Boning Up With Stem Cells

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Researchers at South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology have developed a new scaffolding technique that speeds up stem cell differentiation for bone formation. Utilizing carbon nitride sheets infused with stem cells, the researchers were able to regenerate bone. The carbon nitride sheets possessed photocatalytic properties, which facilitated bone growth. This study marks an important advancement in treatments for bone fractures and periodontal disease.

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Topics: osteoporosis, bone scaffolding, bone fracture, regenerative medicine, stem cells

Stem Cells Used to Counteract Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 7:10:19 PM

Professor Lars Nielson and his team at the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology are utilizing stem cells to develop a treatment for patients at risk for chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (CIN). Neutropenia is caused by the lack of white blood cells. By differentiating stem cells into white blood cells, the treatment reduces the ‘risk’ period of infection and fever following chemotherapy.

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Topics: regenerative therapies, white blood cells, Umbilical cord blood, stem cells, chemically-induced neutropenia

Boning Up - Living Bone Created From Stem Cells

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 5:03:24 PM

Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic [a member of StemSave’s Scientific Advisory Council] and her colleagues at Columbia University have created living jaw bone from stem cells paving the way for regenerative therapies in facial reconstruction. Using a CT scan to create a 3D image of each jaw, the team created a scaffold that, when infused with stem cells, formed new bone identical to the original.

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Topics: StemSave, autologous stem cells, biomedical engineering, facial reconstruction, jaw bone, bone trauma

Eliminating Root Canals with Stem Cells

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 5:03:22 PM

Scientists from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University have developed a treatment that takes advantage of the unique regenerative characteristics of stem cells to enable teeth to heal themselves. The treatment represents an advancement over the current methods to treat severe cavities by eliminating the need for root canals. By stimulating the dental stem cells [mesenchymal stem cells] within the tooth, the growth of dentin, the bony material that makes up the majority of the tooth, is encouraged. This allows patients to regrow damaged teeth effectively.

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Topics: stem cell therapy, root canal, mesenchymal stem cells, stem cells, tooth regeneration, teeth heal themselves

Stem Cell Grants Combat Rare Pediatric Diseases

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 1:15:45 PM

University of California researchers are fighting a variety of rare pediatric diseases with stem cells. Funding provided by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine will address fatal conditions such as severe combined immunodeficiency, Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease, along with diseases ranging from cancer to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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Topics: ALS, stemsaveblog, cancer research, regenerative medicine, stem cells, tay-sachs, sanhoff

Improving the Efficiency of Stem Cell Transplants

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 1:52:00 PM

A new method of stem cell harvesting was developed by a group of Australian researchers. The technique is less invasive than current methods and reduces unwanted side effects. Existing harvesting procedures are lengthy and require injections of growth factors to boost stem cell numbers. Growth factors can cause unpleasant side effects like bone pain and spleen enlargement for some patients while other patients don’t respond well impacting stem cell recovery. 

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Topics: stem cell harvesting, stemsaveblog, bone marrow, growth factors, stem cells

A Cat's Tale

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 1:09:00 PM

Veterinary researchers have used stem cells to cure a cat of chronic gingivostomatitis (FCGS), a painful oral disease. The technique involved extracting autologous mesenchymal stem cells, processing and characterizing them, and intravenously injecting them into the cats to reduce inflammation and promote tissue regeneration.

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Topics: stemsaveblog, animal model, mesenchymal stem cells, autologous stem cells, tissue regeneration, gingivostomatitis

Stem Cells – Coming To A Restaurant Near You

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 1:30:00 PM

As the world’s population grows and emerging economies continue to develop, our agricultural environment is changing. Meats are a valuable source of protein and nutritional requirements, but the current methods of producing meat are wildly inefficient—from both an economic and environmental standpoint. Several start-up companies are combatting this problem by using stem cells to produce meat products for human consumption.

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Topics: stemsaveblog, lab grown meat, stem cells, cell culturing

Stem Cell Bone Differentiation

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 4:08:00 PM

Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a new, more precise way to control the differentiation of stem cells into bone cells.

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Topics: stemsaveblog, hydrogel, stem cell differentiation, Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering, osteogenesis, collagen


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