A symposium, to be held on May 4th in Austin Texas and entitled “Collaborating for Cures: Emerging Translational Research in the Stroke and TBI Care Continuum” is advocating and embracing a multidisciplinary approach to treating traumatic brain injuries and providing cutting-edge medical care.
WorlDental.org reports on the advantages of banking the stem cells from children’s baby teeth and wisdom teeth.
While previously families’ options in banking stem cells were limited to banking umbilical cord blood, families now have an easy and affordable opportunity to bank stem cells: collecting healthy stem cells from the pulp of baby teeth of children; which are naturally shed during their childhood years.
Ireland is the latest to join a number of countries looking to provide stem cell banking at a national level to offer its population “bio insurance” protection.
Professor Colin McGuckin, advisor to the Vatican and Director of the Cell Therapy Research Institute in Lyon, France, recently launched the Adult Stem Cell Foundation of Ireland, providing a specific venue for citizens to store their adult stem cells for future use in cutting edge medical treatments.
The Texas Medical Board has recently approved new regulations regarding adult stem cell therapies. In light of Governor Rick Perry’s recent success in relieving back pain with autologous stem cell injections last summer, legislation regarding availability of stem cell therapies to the public was pushed to the forefront the Medical Board’s agenda. In a letter to The Medical Board, Perry wrote of the “revolutionary potential that adult stem cell research and therapies have on our nation’s health, quality of life and economy” and shared his hope that the US will “become the world’s leader in the research and use of adult stem cells.”
The regulations were initiated to create a framework for advancing autologous stem cell treatments [treatments using the patient’s own stem cells] and provide treatment oversight to protect patients. According to Mario Salinas, the director of Texans for Stem Cell Research, the legislation will help in optimizing the use of stem cells for safe and successful treatments.
As stem cell therapies continue to become more available, access to one’s own adult stem cells will help ensure families the best in future treatment options for disease, trauma, and injury. Cryopreserving the stem cells found in the dental pulp of teeth is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to bank your own mesenchymal stem cells. Any healthy tooth, such as a shed baby tooth or an extracted wisdom tooth, is a potentially viable candidate for cryopreservation.
The future of Regenerative Medicine is Now.
Major research institutions such as University of Louisville, Stanford University, University of Miami, University of Florida at Gainsville, University of Indiana at Indianapolis, Minneapolis Heart Institute and Texas Heart Institute at Houston are being funded by the National Institutes of Health to advance adult stem cell treatments for cardiovascular disease.
Researchers in London have recently developed a treatment for liver disease that could potentially eliminate the need for transplant surgery, saving hundreds of lives per year.
The first trial using liver stem cells will be headed by pediatric liver consultant Professor Anil Dhawan at London’s King’s College Hospital. Eighteen children, all suffering from various rare and life threatening liver conditions, are to receive stem cell infusions to induce the regeneration of necrotic liver tissue.
Current research regarding stem cells has shown amazing results in regenerating damaged tissue and treating a wide variety of diseases ranging from diabetes to Alzheimer’s.
Recently, a team of researchers at UCLA are now also able to engineer stem cells such that they are effective in battling HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).
A recent study reported by Science News found that a small molecule called kartogenin aids mesenchymal stem cells in differentiating into cells that make up cartilage. The study found that damaged cartilage in the knee can now be regenerated, not only restoring cartilage in the joint but also reducing or eliminating the associated pain of osetoarthritis.
A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and presented at The American College of Cardiology Conference at the Texas Heart Institute reported findings that injecting autologous stem cells (a patient’s own stem cells) into a patient’s heart improved the the strength of the patient’s heartbeat. The study examined 92 patients whose hearts were beating at 45 percent of full capacity.