As reported on the front page of the New York Times Science section, clinical applications of stem cell based therapies are accelerating at a rate that will revolutionize the medical field in a matter of years. In the United States alone, there are currently over 4000 therapies in clinical trials for the treatment of heart disease, blindness, spinal cord injuries, diabetes, H.I.V., and other diseases, injuries, and traumas. Continue reading
Orthopedic Surgeons are utilizing autologous [the patient’s own] stem cells to treat injuries and degenerative diseases in the joints and bones of athletes. The treatments involve the recovery of the patient’s own mesenchymal stem cells – which are particularly plastic and can differentiate into a variety of tissue types and implanting them back into the damaged bone or joint to reduce inflammation and regenerate damaged tissue without the need for invasive surgery. Continue reading
Cartilage injuries can range from small lesions, such as those of athletes, to chronic injuries, such as cartilage degradation. Cartilage injuries, which are difficult to repair and have limited options for surgery, and usually results in a drastic affect on quality of life of afflicted individuals. In addition, the health, number and vitality of cartilage cells diminish with age.