Upcoming Clinical Trials Will Test the Potential of Stem Cells to Treat Macular Degeneration

Two clinical trials are expected to start soon to assess the ability of stem cells to treat macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in people over 50 years old. One trial uses cells derived from human embryonic stem cells, while the other uses induced pluripotent stem cells (1). Macular Degeneration Age-related macular degeneration is [Read More]

BrainStorm Receives FDA Approval for Mesenchymal Stem Cell Trials for Multiple Sclerosis

BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics have received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration to proceed with Phase 2 trials for their stem cell treatment for progressive multiple sclerosis (1). The treatment utilizes a proprietary autologous stem cell treatment, injecting patient-derived mesenchymal stem cells that secrete neurotrophic factors to stem the advance of disease (2). [Read More]

Adventures in Stem Cell Therapy

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Stem cell treatments are being used across the country and the globe, recognized as helping many different health problems. Also, research shows that these treatments enjoy not only a great safety profile, but the possibility of helping conditions that cannot be improved by currently available standard medical medications or other treatments. The most well known [Read More]

NHS Ends Stem Cell Funding for Relapsed Patients

A mother from Nuneaton has called for the United Kingdom’s public health services provider NHS to review the decision to end stem cell funding for relapsed patients. Her children Charlie, 5, and Zoe, 3, suffer from a rare genetic disorder and have both undergone stem cell transplants. Charlie’s procedure was successful, but his sister Zoe [Read More]

Lax Laws Spur Stem Cell Research in China

A new scientific revolution is taking place in China in the field of stem cell research. Unlike the Western world, the laws in China are quite lax with no moral or ethical barriers to hold back research in one of the most controversial areas of research. The People’s Republic of China has different cultural views [Read More]

Gene Editing Technology May Help Fight Arthritis

Researchers have used gene-editing technology and stem cells modified for autonomous regenerative therapy (SMART) to help fight arthritis. Arthritis and many other chronic conditions are associated with inflammation. The idea is to replace arthritic cartilage in the affected joints with stem-cell-produced cartilage and a biological anti-inflammatory agent.

Salk Institute Scientists Expand Stem Cell Abilities

In the laboratory, pluripotent stem cells have embryo-like abilities to develop into different types of tissues found in the human body. However, it is only totipotent stem cells that can develop into embryo-supporting tissues such as the placenta. Since extra-embryonic tissues play an important role in healthy growth and development, scientists at Salk Institute have [Read More]

Stem Cell Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophe

A study sponsored by Stem Cells Arabia is investigating the safety and efficacy of autologous marrow-derived stem cell therapy in children and adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked genetic disorder that primarily affects boys and is characterized by progressive muscle weakness.  The condition is caused by [Read More]

Material Biologists Develop Smart Hydrogels

Hydrogels are materials that mimic the properties of biologic tissues. They are used in stem cell therapy and drug delivery. Conventional hydrogels are synthetic polymers or biomolecules that serve as passive frameworks for cells and molecules. Now, scientists at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have created “smart” hydrogels that are responsive to [Read More]

Enzyme That Aids Healing Identified

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 Potential Exists to Treat Thyroid Disease With Stem Cells

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]

Inkjet Printer Technology and Stem Cells

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]

Why Stem Cells? The Research Speaks For Itself

There is no denying that stem cells have revolutionized the medical industry in numerous ways. Every day, headlines such as “Stem Cell Therapy for Autism Shows Promise” and “Ground-Breaking Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis Has Man Running  Again” grace the news. Amazingly enough, these headlines aren’t just hype. Since stem cells have the unique ability to [Read More]

Pig-human chimeras created using stem cells in a key step towards an unlimited source of organs and tissues for regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine’s ongoing search for new sources of cells, tissues and organs has led to a major leap forward with the development of a human chimeric embryo. A chimera refers to an organism that is genetically made of two different sets of genetic codes. Naturally, this can occur by the fusion of two fertilized eggs [Read More]

Understanding Totipotent Stem Cells

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]

COPD Patients Breathing Easier

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]

Ethically Diverse Patients Struggle to Find Stem Cell Matches

A new documentary titled Mixed Match recently screened at the Reel Asian International Film Festival to highlight the struggles of ethnically diverse patients in search of stem cells for life-changing transplants. According to the Canadian Blood Services, stem cell transplants can treat more than 80 diseases and disorders, but recent research suggests that ethnically diverse [Read More]

Debate Continues on Embryonic Stem Cells

One of the biggest scientific debates of the current century has been whether it is ethical to use embryonic stem cells to treat human disease. It has even played a role in presidential politics, right up there with terrorism, immigration, and abortion. Humans, like all multicellular organisms, have certain cells in their bodies called stem [Read More]

Banking on Wisdom Teeth

Many parents are choosing to bank their baby’s cord blood at the time of birth. This blood contains stem cells which can be very useful in treating many different medical conditions, ranging from cancer to cerebral palsy. The stem cells derived from cord blood are more adaptive than those found in the bone marrow, which [Read More]

The Very First 3D Lung in a Dish is Grown Using Stem Cells

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA continue to make findings and developments that keep them at the forefront of regenerative medicine research and progress. In particular, Dr. Brigitte Gomperts, an associate professor of pediatric hematology/oncology, recently worked with a team to study lung-derived stem [Read More]

Stem Cell Therapy: Does It Work?

The journal Cell Stem Cell recently reported that the number of clinics offering stem cell treatments in the United States has grown dramatically from 25 to nearly 600 in just five years. Physicians groups such as the Cell Surgical Network are offering a treatment menu that includes everything from arthritis to Alzheimer’s. Regenerative medicine physicians [Read More]

Is the FDA Doing Its Job in Regulating Cell-Based Therapies?

Stem cell tourism has been in the news lately with horrifying stories of treatments gone wrong. But according to a report published in Cell Stem Cell, Americans don’t need to travel thousands of miles for experimental treatments. There are more than 500 clinics offering completely illegal, often ineffective, and potentially fatal stem cell treatments in [Read More]

Giving Spinal Cord Injury Victims A Real Hope

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Damage to the spinal cord frequently results in a permanent loss of body functions that are controlled by nerves below the site of injury. Trauma to the spine from fractures, crush injuries, gunshot wounds, and knife stabbings are some of the possible causes of spinal cord injuries (SCIs). Non-traumatic causes include arthritis, inflammation, infection, tumors, [Read More]

How Your Love Handles Could Help Someone With Diabetes

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Nature Communications reports that researchers at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have succeeded in genetically reprogramming adipose stem cells into functional, insulin-producing beta cells. The team of biotechnologists, led by Professor Martin Fussenegger, extracted fat cells from a 50-year-old study subject and applied so-called “genetic software” to convert [Read More]

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