In a demonstration of the expanded use of stem cells in novel ways, researchers at the City of Hope Medical Research Center in Duarte, California, have developed a treatment approach that may effectively cure Type 1 diabetes. In this study, researchers utilized stem cells to both initiate regeneration of pancreatic β cells as well moderate the immune system to prevent the destruction of the pancreas.
This breakthrough study, using a mouse model, is an example of the potential of stem cell therapies to not only treat and reverse the effects of disease, trauma, and injury, but in actually curing previously incurable diseases. In this sense, regenerative medicine has opened a window of new possibilities to medical treatments that had been unimaginable in the past.
For this reason, stem cells have 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. The safest method of stem cell treatments will involve the use of autologous stem cells, i.e. the patient’s own stem cells, as these are the only cells that are guaranteed to be a genetic match.
It is important to understand, stem cells age along with the individual. Families can easily and affordably bank the stem cells of young family members by recovering the stem cells found in the dental pulp of baby teeth and wisdom teeth.
The future of Regenerative Medicine is now.