Researchers have been working to enhance the productive potential of autologous (a patient’s own) stem cells. In one study, a patient’s own stem cells were extracted and cultured to differentiate into heart tissue cells. These cultured stem cells were then implanted into the damaged heart tissue and were found to improve some of the symptoms of heart failure.
In a recent study published in the May issue of Neurosurgery, the journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, patients suffering from permanent spinal cord injuries (paraplegia or quadriplegia) recovered significant motor function after receiving a treatment utilizing their own [autologous] mesenchymal stem cell (MSC).
Japanese researchers have successfully used autologous (a patient’s own) stem cells to grow new heart muscle tissue in order to treat heart disease. In the study, the researchers found that implanting this new tissue into damaged heart tissue resulted in overall improved heart function.
In a major advancement in regenerative medicine, the first manufactured drug based on stem cells has been approved in Canada, according to a recent report from the New York Times.
During an engaging primetime exclusive with Suzanne Somers on “Piers Morgan Tonight”, Suzanne took the opportunity to tell the moving story of her struggle with breast cancer and, after much searching, finding her solution in adult stem cell therapy.
StemSave Science Advisor, Dr. George T.-J.Huang, DDS, MSD, DSc has accepted the position of Director of Stem Cells and Regenerative Therapies in the Department of Bioscience Research in the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee.
As recent studies in Brazil, the US, Korea, China, and Taiwan demonstrate, utilization of dental stem cells in research and the development of treatments to address disease, trauma and injury is expanding. The recent studies focus on the plasticity of dental stem cells and their capacity to differentiate into an array of tissue as well as iPSCs.
Endodontics professor Dr. Peter Murray and colleagues from the College of Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) have brought dental stem cells to the forefront of medicine once more with a recent study revealing a new method of using dental stem cells to grow new, healthy, and genetically identical teeth as an alternative to dental implants or dentures.
After the birth of her youngest son Carlo, Lisa Valastro, wife of TLC’s “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, made the wise investment of banking the stem cells from Carlo’s cord blood and placenta in the event that he may need them for future medical treatment. Valastro previously banked the cord blood stem cells from each of her four children’s umbilical cords, ensuring that they would each have access to the best possible match for stem cell therapies: their own stem cells.
A recent study at Lund University in Sweden reveals the discovery of a type of stem cell that has the ability to differentiate into new brain tissue. This discovery introduces the possibility of finding ways to repair damage to the brain as a result of disease or injury. Researchers plan to use this study as a springboard for further studies in stem cell therapies to treat neural degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.