Scientists in Australia have discovered that mesenchymal stem cells [derived from nasal mucosa] may have the potential to preserve hearing among individuals whose hearing loss began in infancy or in early life. Such hearing loss carries broad implications for growth and development: The loss of sensory cells in the cochlea can lead to substantial language and cognitive delays. The researchers believe the injected mesenchymal stem cells induce local, specialized stem cells to function properly, repair tissue damage and prevent further deterioration. In the study, the animals that received the stem cells showed evidence of improved hearing, with hearing thresholds that were far lower and more sensitive than untreated controls.
According to lead author Dr. Sharon Oleskevich from the Hearing Research Group at The University of New South Wales, while the current work was performed in animal subjects, the methods should apply to humans.As personalized regenerative medicine advances, autologous stem cells will become an invaluable resource to families and individuals who seek to ensure that they will have access to the best in medical care should the need for it arise. One of the most convenient and affordable sources for recovering and banking your own stem cells is dental stem cells. To learn more about how to bank dental stem cells for use in future therapies and treatments, visit StemSave or call 877-783-6728 (877-StemSave) today.