Researchers at Leiden University are using 3D printed kidneys to understand the complexities and causes of differing forms of kidney disease affecting over 850 million individuals worldwide. One of the greatest challenges of kidney disease is that it often goes untreated due to a lack of initially observable symptoms. The researchers are utilizing the printed kidney tissue, complete with blood vessels and filtering systems of actual kidneys, to model and understand kidney disease, as well as test possible treatments prior to clinical trials. The ability to study organ pathology outside the body will enable researchers to perform extensive testing to understand the root causes of a disease from a cellular level.The ability to test treatments on living kidney tissue prior to clinical trials will limit adverse effects and expedite the approval of more effective treatments.
The current standard of care for kidney disease involves dialysis or organ replacement, with no new model of treatment introduced over the last 60 years. Stem cells, 3D printing and organ regeneration represent a paradigm shift in medical treatments as researchers and doctors seek to address previously incurable conditions. Additionally, printing tissue from autologous (the patients’ own) stem cells for testing, will allow researchers to tailor treatments [personalized medicine] by understanding each individual’s unique case.
As treatments emerge, we believe the best stem cells to use will be the patient’s own stem cells as this negates the need to find a suitable donor and eliminates the chances of rejection of the transplanted tissue. To learn how to bank your own valuable stem cells to insure your future health, visit www.StemSave.com or call 877-783-6728 (877-StemSave) today.
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