Three Types of Eye Conditions that Cause Blindness and How They Are Treated with Stem Cells

Blindness affects many Americans every year. Blindness can be caused by a number of medical conditions, although there are three types of eye conditions that cause most blindness. These three eye conditions can be successfully treated with stem cell therapies to prevent or slow down the complete loss of vision. Macular Degeneration Age-related macular degeneration [Read More]

How Stem Cell Research Is Advancing Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis affects about 400,000 Americans annually. This condition is the result of the protective lining that surrounds and protects the neurons of the cells, called myelin, being attacked by the immune system. Without myelin, patients of MS feel weak and may have difficulty walking and moving around. This is a debilitating illness that people [Read More]

New Research in the Use of Stem Cells in Alzheimer’s Treatment

Stem cells are being researched in many different fields of medicine. One of the things that stem cells have helped uncover is Alzheimer’s treatment. Stem cells are being used in several unique ways to help patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a debilitating elderly illness that results in dementia and can even lead to death. The [Read More]

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]

Positive Results for Allogeneic Stem Cell Treatment for Ischemic Stroke

Stemedica Cell Technologies are reporting that using ischemic tolerant mesenchymal stem cells (itMSCs) to treat ischemic stroke is safe, well-tolerated, and shows preliminary signs of efficacy in an open-label Phase I/IIa trial. This treatment, which is also being developed for treating Alzheimer’s disease, could begin Phase IIb trials in the near future (1). Ischemic Stroke [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]

ViaCyte Receives Funding to Continue Phase 1 and 2 Clinical Trials for Beta Cell Replacement

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ViaCyte, headquartered in San Diego, has received funding commitments to continue clinical trials on their beta cell replacement products (1). The products, PEC-Direct and PEC-Encap, contain stem cells that differentiate into pancreatic cells, including insulin-secreting beta cells, after implantation. Additionally, these cells are housed in a capsule that prevents rejection of the implanted cells. If [Read More]

Scientists Have Located a Category of Brain Cells in Adults That were Previously Thought to Disappear After Brain Development

In the developing brain, the subplate is a region of neurons that sits below the cortical plate, a precursor to the cortex. However, in the adult brain it seems to be absent and for decades has been thought to simply disappear. Previous studies had outlined a connection between subplate neurons and certain brain disorders, including [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]

Stem Cell-Based Therapy For Lung Cancer

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Novel approach in mesenchymal stem cell-based therapy for radiation-induced lung injury Current problems in cancer and anticancer therapies are very acute these days. One of the most common cancers for both men and women is the lung cancer, which is by far the leading cause of cancer death each year. The American Cancer Society’s estimates [Read More]

How to Treat Your Neck Pain For Long-Term Relief

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Your neck connects your head and your torso, which means it plays a critical role in the overall function of the upper body and health of your spin. A neck injury can completely disrupt your daily life and obstruct even simple daily tasks. So, how can you seek long-term relief from neck pain without relying [Read More]

Stem Cell Therapy for Damaged Knees

The inside surface of the knee joint is lined with a tough articular cartilage that has a slippery texture which allows smooth movement. This cartilage does not have a blood or nerve supply. This means any damage to the articular cartilage cannot be naturally repaired. With age-related wear and tear, the joint gradually degenerates and [Read More]

Innovative Stem Cell Technique for Macular Degeneration

In a major breakthrough, doctors have developed a new technique to cure age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the third leading cause of blindness around the world. An 86-year-old patient in the United Kingdom has regained sight in one eye after undergoing the procedure. This pioneering stem cell therapy was performed at a London hospital. Human embryonic [Read More]

Stem Cell Treatment for Huntington’s Disease

Researchers at Cardiff University’s specialist brain unit have developed an innovative stem cell treatment to slow down the symptoms of Huntington’s disease, a devastating degenerative disorder. The first procedures are expected to take place at the end of 2018. The stem cell transplant will be accomplished through a new type of procedure. The efficacy of [Read More]

Ed Sheeran Helps Find Stem Cell Donor

An 8-year-old patient with cancer has found a stem cell donor thanks to efforts by pop star Ed Sheeran.  The high-profile appeal was also backed by a number of other celebrities. Eight-year-old Jasmi Lindberg-Cooke was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia three years ago. The Suffolk resident urgently needed a matched unrelated stem cell donor who [Read More]

Six-year-old Leukemia Patient’s Campaign Saves Lives

Joel Picker-Spence of Farndon in Nottinghamshire died in 2008 before his seventh birthday. But before he died, he did what most 6-year-olds cannot even dream of. Joel potentially saved the lives of 14 people who would have probably not survived without the stem cell donations collected during the Join for Joel campaign. Although there was [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]

Twins with Testicular Cancer Receive Stem Cell Treatment

Twenty-four-year-old fraternal twins, Sean and Ryan Collard from the United Kingdom were diagnosed with testicular cancer within weeks of each other. The two are now raising awareness about the condition which affects young men. Ryan was diagnosed first, and at the time, his mother asked experts whether his twin was at risk and needed to [Read More]

Stem Cell Project May Help Develop Customized Drugs for Cancer

Stem cell scientists are trying to better understand cancer and develop drugs that are essentially “tuneable.” The new project by Scottish researchers is based on a technique developed by Strathclyde University scientists in collaboration with a spinoff company. The idea is to develop drugs which can be customized to the patient’s individual needs. The project [Read More]

Hong Kong Scientist Invents Tiny Human Hearts

A scientist in Hong Kong, Professor Ronald Li, has used stem cells to grow tiny human hearts. These lab-grown miniature organs function exactly like a real human heart. Researchers plan to use them to test new drugs. Professor Li’s stem cell company, Novoheart, is marketing the invention to pharmaceutical companies around the world. These tiny [Read More]

Scientists Grow New Trachea from Stem Cells

Stem cell research is breaking new ground and making the transition from the lab to the real world. Scientists have succeeded in growing a new trachea from a patient’s stem cells and transplanting it back to replace a diseased windpipe. The breakthrough could hold new hope for patients battling serious medical conditions such as heart [Read More]

Stem Cell Donor for British Toddler

When Ava Stark was age 3, her family received devastating news. The toddler was born with a rare blood disorder and would die without a stem cell transplant. The family from Lochgelly in Fife, Scotland, sent out a countrywide appeal for donors after a donor who had previously been found had to back out due [Read More]

Regulated Stem Cell Study for Stroke in Britain

Leonarda McCourt, a 77-year-old great grandfather from Newcastle in the United Kingdom participated in the world’s first regulated stem cell study for patients who have suffered a stroke. One of only 21 patients enrolled in the trial, McCourt received a direct injection of stem cells into his brain in 2016. This is a pioneering treatment [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]

Harvard Scientist’s Family Inspires Stem Cell Research

Douglas Melton was studying frog eggs at a laboratory in Harvard University when his 6-month-old son Sam was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Later, the Melton’s daughter Emma was diagnosed with the same condition. Melton dropped what he was doing and launched efforts to create insulin-producing pancreatic cells in the laboratory. In people with type [Read More]

Hunt for Stem Cell Donor for British Musician

When Stephen Sykes, 26, from Shepton Mallet in Somerset, United Kingdom, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an aggressive type of cancer that did not respond to chemotherapy, a desperate hunt for stem cell donors began. Doctors were unable to find a match even after a worldwide search. Brass bands across the United Kingdom got tested [Read More]

Advances in Human Cloning – Ethical or Not?

Scientists in the United States made a major breakthrough when they used human cloning to produce embryos in the blastocyst stage. Embryos are a good source of stem cells, which can be used to produce brain, bone, muscle, and other types of specialized cells found in the human body. The methods used by the scientists [Read More]

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