Researchers at Australia’s Monash University have developed a new stem cell treatment that could benefit people who suffer from chronic asthma. Scientists at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute have conducted experiments with pluripotent stem cells with early results reported as promising.
The results of a study published in Stem Cell Reports indicate the electrical stimulation can be used to guide neural stem cells to the site of damaged brain tissue. This is a breakthrough finding since it will allow scientists to more minutely control stem cell treatment.
Human embryonic stem cells have the ability to differentiate into any type of cell found in the human body. The scientific community believes that stem cells hold the key to the prevention and treatment of diseases. Now researchers are discovering that haploid stem cells could change the face of medicine.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, commonly known as PRP therapy, has been available for more than a decade now and continues to gain popularity. Recently, a high school teacher in Colorado, Floyd Aker, received PRP therapy in his shoulder and was able to avoid orthopedic surgery. How does PRP therapy work?
Stem cell biology expert Joseph T. Rodgers and a team at the University of South Carolina have discovered a way to accelerate healing following injury. The findings were published in Cell Reports, a scientific journal. The National Institutes of Health funded the research along with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Stanford University’s Department of Neurology, [Read More]
The various conditions associated with thyroid dysfunction impact 20 million Americans every year. From uncontrollable weight loss or weight gain to serious complications like cardiovascular disease, thyroid diseases wreak havoc on the body. Now, scientists are working to utilize stem cells to engineer new, fully functioning thyroid cells. The Thyroid Controls the Body’s Functions The [Read More]
Investigators at Indiana University School of Medicine have used human stem cell to grow inner ear tissue in the lab. The idea was to develop a method to test new therapies for balance and hearing disorders. Inner ear tissue is a scarcity in research labs because it is not biopsied. The lab-grown tissue will, therefore, [Read More]
Researchers at Iowa State University have used inkjet printer nanotechnology to develop a better way of differentiating stem cells. The experiments have been conducted on stem cells that are vital to nerve cell regeneration. Producing Schwann Cells in Useful Numbers Schwann cells are responsible for forming the sheath that surrounds axons. Axons are the tail-like [Read More]
A sexual wellness expert in Florida, Dr. Lisbeth Roy, is reporting success with a new treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). The GAINSWave therapy is a non-invasive and drug-free procedure, which when combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can deliver a knockout punch to ED. Erectile Dysfunction: An Overview Simply put, erectile dysfunction is a man’s [Read More]
People from all around the world are flocking to Moscow, Russia, for innovative stem cell therapies for MS. Multiple sclerosis is a crippling disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. MS is an autoimmune disease that is unpredictable and affects different people in different ways. Clinical management and pharmacotherapy can help relieve symptoms and [Read More]
Long-Lasting Vascular Access for Patients on Dialysis Receives FDA Designation One of the first RMAT (regenerative medicine advanced therapy) designations from the US Food and Drug Administration has been awarded to Humacyl, an investigational human acellular vessel (HAV). Carrie Cox, CEO and chairman of Humacyte, the company that makes Humacyl, said the designation is an [Read More]
Scientists Reprogram Brain Cells to Treat Parkinson’s Scientists in Europe have developed a new method of reprogramming brain cells to treat Parkinson’s disease. The experiments were conducted in mice to see if some of the movement disorders that characterize Parkinson’s could be corrected. Parkinson’s Disease: An Overview Parkinson’s disease is the result of neurons (brain [Read More]
Researchers in Japan have made what may be a remarkable breakthrough in the treatment of macular degeneration. In a procedure that could make stem cell transplantation a reality, a man with age-related macular degeneration received iPSCs (induced pluripotent stem cells) derived from a donor’s skin cells. The multi-step procedure involved converting the donor iPSCs to [Read More]
Cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes progressive lung infections and limits a person’s ability to breathe, is a deadly disease that impacts more than 30,000 people in America and 70,000 people worldwide. Only 70 years ago, people born with CF rarely even survived through elementary school, but medical advancements now allow those with CF [Read More]
Stem Cell Treatment May Hold the Key In an exciting development in the field of stem cell research, scientists have developed an innovative device that uses the patient’s own stem cells to treat burns and heal the skin without scarring. This is the first time stem cells have been used to directly heal and mend [Read More]
Researchers at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development report promising results from a stem cell treatment for autistic children based on a new study that was conducted on 25 children between the ages of 2 and 6. Investigators are optimistic but warn that a lot of work still needs to be done. Autism: [Read More]
Jonathan Pitre, 16, has epidermolysis bullosa, a rare genetic disorder of connective tissue that causes the skin to be extremely fragile and prone to tears and blisters from minor trauma and friction. About 200 children are born with this condition in the United States every year. They are sometimes referred to as butterfly children on [Read More]
The results of a recent phase 2 study of stem cell therapy for rheumatoid arthritis can only be described in one word: tantalizing. The dramatic results, which include symptoms relieved for at least nine months after just one stem cell injection, still need to be validated in a larger phase 3 study. But that hasn’t [Read More]
In just a few short years, cord blood banking has gone from virtually unknown to a common occurrence. Expectant mothers across the country receive a pamphlet about cord blood banking upon their first prenatal doctor’s visit, and many turn the advice into action. The incredible healing power of a newborn baby’s umbilical cord blood is [Read More]
Dean Kamen has become known as the $294 million man. As an inventor and entrepreneur, Kamen’s passion for technology has helped his company, DEKA Research & Development, create many groundbreaking products over the years, such as the first portable insulin delivery system, an electronic wheelchair that can take the stairs, and a robotic prosthetic arm. [Read More]
On January 19, 2017, Stem Pharm Inc. received a $290,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. This funding will allow the University of Wisconsin-Madison startup company to pursue groundbreaking achievements, such as the development of sophisticated biological materials, that make it possible to manufacture stem cells for medical use. Stem Pharm’s founder, William Murphy, [Read More]
Diamond Blackfan anemia (DBA) may not be widely known, but it is a very severe blood disorder that prevents bone marrow from producing enough red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Stem Cell Research Program recently completed a groundbreaking study aimed at developing potential treatments for this blood [Read More]
Glaucoma is known as one of the most common causes of vision loss and blindness in older Americans. Despite its prevalence, there is still no cure for it. While treatments can prevent the disease from worsening, nothing can reverse the damage caused by glaucoma. Scientists are now studying the applications of regenerative medicine to determine [Read More]
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) has made major headlines throughout the past year, thanks to their 3-D printing innovations. After breaking new ground by successfully transplanting functional 3-D printed ear, bone, and muscle tissue structures into animals, the researchers and scientists at WFIRM began placing focus in the arena of 3-D printed skin.
President Trump’s immediate scaledown and partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act has made headlines all around the country this January, and the implications of his actions will not be fully seen or understood for months and years. In addition to individuals and businesses who are unsure what their healthcare policies will look like in [Read More]
What happens when a spider expert and a chemist have an in-depth conversation? It’s not a riddle. As proven in research released in early January 2017, the result is the development of antibiotic synthetic spider silk with the potential to accelerate the regenerative medicine industry.
It’s no secret that a heart attack takes a major toll on a patient’s overall health and cardiovascular stability, but now stem cell researchers have found an innovative way to combat the damaged tissue that forms after a heart attack. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University, more commonly known as Penn State, recently completed research by [Read More]
As Donald Trump took his oath of office on January 20, 2017, many Americans wondered what his presidency would mean for their advocacy causes. This is especially true for the men and women who have devoted much of their lives to stem cell research, largely because Donald Trump has yet to indicate how he feels [Read More]
Esophageal cancer is one of numerous cancers that impact millions of people in America and across the globe each year. Now, researchers at Trinity College Dublin have uncovered how stem cells can play a role in resolving the notorious tendency of esophageal cancer to resist critical radiotherapy treatments.
Before the dawn of the age of stem cell therapy, irreversible diseases, conditions, and injuries were just that: incurable. But over the past few years, stem cell research has indisputably proven that the impossible is now possible. One recent study, for example, experimented with growing new retina tissue in mice with end-stage retinal degeneration. The [Read More]
Within the world of stem cell research, “pluripotent” has been the keyword for years, and for good reason: pluripotent cells have the ability to transform into any type of cell that makes up the body. However, a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley recently uncovered that pluripotent stem cells can [Read More]
Testosterone is often considered the hormone that defines masculinity, and men who lack enough testosterone encounter unwanted health problems such as muscle loss, sexual dysfunction, and fatigue. This condition is formally known as male hypogonadism, and until now the only treatments available have involved hormone replacement therapy with questionable side effects. With a third of [Read More]
Microtia is a congenital deformity that most people don’t know about, but it impacts thousands of children every year who are born with the condition. Though the idea for genetically engineered ears has existed for many years, a combination of political and bureaucratic obstacles have prevented them from being available in the United States for [Read More]
Regenerative medicine continues to become more mainstream and available to the general population, which has major implications for achieving health and wellness in the fact of major obstacles. Perhaps nothing indicates the growth of regenerative medicine quite like Anthony Atala, M.D., the director of Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), being named the 2016 [Read More]
Advocates and opposition of the 21st Century Cures Act alike waited with bated breath throughout December to learn if President Obama would approve the act into a law before the New Year, and as of December 15 he did. This massive piece of legislation will have far reaching impacts on numerous components of medical research, [Read More]
Mergers between existing medical companies aren’t uncommon, but a December merger between the game company Majesco Entertainment, Inc. and Salt Lake City’s regenerative medicine business Polarity is making major headlines. Together, the firm will be known as PolarityTE and headquartered in Salt Lake City, led by two former Johns Hopkins School of Medicine residents in [Read More]
We have all experienced the sharp, sudden pain of grazing a finger against a blazing hot sautee pan or casserole dish, but the searing pain of a second degree burn is exponentially worse than that. Despite the suffering caused by severe burns, patients have always had to rely upon one imperfect treatment that left scars [Read More]
Date: January 14-15, 2017 – 11/2 days, full day Saturday, 1/2 day Sunday – CME’s provided Place: RMT Institute, 304 Tequesta Dr. Tequesta, FL 33469 Faculty: Dr. Joseph Purita, Dr. Joseph Ruane and Marcia James, BSN, CCRN , Clinical Director EmCyte Corporation Course requirements: All are welcome Saturday – Didactic morning session, Cadaver lab afternoon session – directed [Read More]
The realm of regenerative medicine has yet another success to boast to the rest of the world. Scientists just succeeded in using stem cells to grow intestinal tissues with authentically functional nerves. The laboratory experiment utilizes pluripotent stem cells in order to study Hirschsprung’s disease, and now the results can be applied to other vital [Read More]
The potential medical uses of stem cells, which were not even a major part of the medical community until the last decade, are now proving themselves at every turn. From the 14-year-old leukemia survivor who achieved remission using a bone marrow donor to the 50-year-old with MS who thanks stem cell therapy for her ability [Read More]
Each day, more patients join the ranks of people whose lives have been transformed with the help of stem cell therapy. Take Sammy Jo Wilkinson, for example, a 51-year-old from California who overcame a diagnosis of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis against all of her doctors’ predictions and all medical odds. Her MS is officially in [Read More]
The Allen Institute for Cell Science has developed lines of color-coded stem cells that will serve as a powerful roadmap to our understanding of human disease. The cell collection consists of iPS (induced pluripotent stem cells) into which fluorescent tags have been inserted to target key structures within the cell with a clarity that has [Read More]
COPD, which is short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a term used to describe a range of lung conditions including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, some types of bronchiectasis, and refractory asthma. In the initial stages, patients are often asymptomatic, but will typically experience an increasing degree of breathlessness as the disease progresses. COPD is characterized [Read More]
The Achilles tendon is a thick fibrous cord at the back of our ankles. This strong tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Overstretching the Achilles tendon can lead to partial or complete rupture. This type of injury is frequently sports related, but stepping into a hole and falling can also lead to [Read More]
One of the earliest signs and most common complications of diabetes is nerve damage. The high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood can injure nerve fibers in any part of the body, but this damage most often occurs in the legs and feet. This serious complication of diabetes is known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Arthritis affects millions of people around the world. By the time they are 85 years old, one in two Americans has symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee. It is estimated that by the year 2040, roughly 78 million Americans will have physician-diagnosed arthritis. Arthritis is the result of wear-and-tear of the joints. With advancing age, the [Read More]
Stem cell research is critical because it offers potential cures for diseases that are presently incurable. Stem cells are unique in human biology because they can generate various types of specialized cells that are necessary for the body to function and remain healthy. Stem cells obtained from day-old human embryos are the most versatile of [Read More]
Hereditary deafness is passed on from parent to child. People born with this condition have a complete inability to hear on account of faulty cells in the inner ear. Currently, the only treatment for hereditary deafness is an artificial cochlear implant. Now, scientists have succeeded in growing healthy, functional human cochlear cells from stem cells, [Read More]
Everyone goes through ups and downs in life, but for people with bipolar disorder, these shifts in mood are dramatic and severe, affecting their ability to carry on with daily life. The illness, also known as manic-depressive disorder, is associated with distinct variations in emotions, mood, energy, sleep patterns, behaviors, and activity. Bipolar people alternate [Read More]
An American suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. This adds up to nearly 800,000 strokes nationwide each year. Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability and the third highest cause of death in the United States. Stroke claims an estimated 140,000 American lives each year. Nearly 75 percent of strokes affect people over the [Read More]