Bone Reconstruction Technique Utilizes Autologous Stem Cells

Stem cells are allowing doctors to personalize treatments to repair damaged or diseased bone.

A team of medical researchers at Saint Luc University Clinic have developed a method of repairing bones utilizing autologous [the patient’s own] stem cells.  The process involves harvesting the stem cells from the patient, differentiating the stem cells in-vitro to grow bone, pairing the cells with a scaffolding matrix and then molding the material to repair damaged or diseased bone within the patient. Continue reading

Plantar Fasciitis Alleviated by Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy offers faster, longer lasting pain relief than traditional treatments for plantar fasciitis.

Doctors from pain clinics across the country, such as the Arizona Pain Stem Cell Institute, are now offering stem cell therapies to patients suffering from plantar fasciitis.  The new treatment involves injections of bone-derived stem cells to reduce inflammation and regenerate damaged tissue in the plantar fascia. Continue reading

Stem Cell Treatment for Heart Damage Progresses to Phase 2 Clinical Trials

The progression of stem cell treatments is the only way to help the heart regenerate its own muscle.

Research teams from Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Minneapolis Heart Institute with funding from CIRM [California Institute for Regenerative Medicine] are moving to Phase 2 Clinical Trials for a treatment that utilizes cardiac stem cells to repair severe heart damage.  The treatment development was led by Eduardo Marbán, a director at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and founder of Capricor.  This groundbreaking treatment involves the injection of stem cells into the coronary artery, which then migrate to the heart and promote the regrowth of healthy heart muscle. Continue reading

Thalassemia Major Cured Utilizing Stem Cells in Umbilical Cord Blood

Stem Cell Transplantation from cord blood successfully cured patients with Thalassemia.

Scientists from the Mediterranean Institute of Haematology have developed a treatment that utilizes stem cells from umbilical cord blood to cure children of a life-threatening blood disorder called Thalassemia Major.  The procedure involves the transplantation of stem cells from cord blood into the Thalassemia patient.  Recent applications [in India] of this breakthrough procedure have resulted in several children being cured of the disease. Continue reading

Artificial Bone Marrow Holds Promise for Leukemia Patients

Artificial Bone Marrow may allow one donor to provide stem cells to help treat a multitude of leukemia sufferers.

A team of scientists from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, and the University of Tubingen have recently developed a prototype of artificial bone marrow. The bone marrow retains all of its basic properties, including the ability to regenerate hematopoietic stem cells, which can be used to treat patients with leukemia. Continue reading

Ninth Annual New York Stem Cell Summit to Convene February 18th

The leaders of the Stem Cell Industry will address the future of Regenerative Medicine

The Ninth Annual Stem Cell Summit will take place on February 18th in New York City.  The summit will feature presentations from the stem cell industry’s premier researchers, executives, and investors to address recent advances and this year’s expectations of the Stem Cell / Regenerative Medical industry. Continue reading

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatment Utilizes Stem Cells

Stem Cell implants could replace damaged cells affected by AMD.

Collaborating reseachers from the Department of Ophthalmology at the Bonn University Hospital and the Neural Stem Cell Institute in New York have successfully replaced damaged cells in eyes impaired by Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) with human stem cells. This implantation technique, conducted in an animal study is the first of its kind and represents a significant advance in developing personalized treatments for patients suffering from a variety of age-related visual impairment issues. Continue reading

Countering Baldness to Treat Skin Cancer

In addition to countering baldness, hfSCs may be able to treat injuries and diseases in the skin.

Recent research at the University of Southern California suggests that stem cells can be utilized to counter baldness and receding hairlines.  The study focused on hair follicular stem cells (hfSCs), which, in addition to inducing hair growth, also have the potential to regenerate skin in burn victims and patients with skin cancer.  Continue reading

Mayo Clinic Joins US Army’s AFIRM Phase II Initiative.

The Mayo Clinic aims to develop nerve regeneration therapies for wounded veterans.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have joined the Army’s Afirm II [Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine] program.  AFIRM spearheads a national consortium of advanced research centers developing regenerative medical therapies to care for and treat the injuries of severely wounded army veterans.  Mayo Clinic researchers will focus on peripheral nerve regeneration.  Continue reading

Longevity Expert Dr. Vincent Giampapa Discusses Stem Cells on the Today Show

Dr. Vincent Giampapa, featured in Steven Hawking’s ‘Stem Cell Universe’ [recently broadcast on the Science Channel] was interviewed on the Today Show – Australia.  According to Dr. Giampapa, the key to longevity and maintaining your health are your stem cells.  New advancements in anti-aging technology are heavily reliant on autologous [the patient’s own] stem cells to reduce the degenerative effects of aging. Continue reading