Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells: Prime Source for Transplants and Future Regenerative Medicine


Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells: Prime Source for Transplants and Future Regenerative Medicine

"The 5th ITERA Life-Sciences Consortium Symposium took place in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and showcased the progress of stem cell research and promising therapeutic applications. Thanks to solid scientific data, researchers confirmed that umbilical cord blood stem cells are one of the prime sources to be used in current stem cell transplants, ongoing research and future regenerative medicine.

Cord blood is one of the prime sources for stem cells, more and more used for stem cell transplants"

I think this solidifies that cord blood stem cells will be the future in treating diseases. The ability these cells have are amazing. If you bank your child's umbilical cord blood, it is a 100% MATCH for that child and a higher chance of a match for closely related siblings or family members. This is a great day for cord blood stem cells!!!

Neural transplant of stem cells offers hope for treatment of Autism

Neural transplant of stem cells offers hope for treatment of Autism

A new study out of Harvard University, reported in Science, suggests that a transplant of stem cells into the brain may lead to future treatment for neural disorders, such as Autism and Parkinson's Disease, as well as spinal cord injuries and diseases, such as ALS. The researchers in the study focused on curbing obesity in mice, as it provides visual evidence as to whether the treatment was effective or not. Despite the focus on obesity, the study's results led the scientists to believe that this could potentially lead to further treatments for other diseases.

It is some very uplifting and refreshing news that researchers seem to be unlocking some answers to how stem cells can manipulate/regenerate and coax neural stem cells into getting brain signals back moving back and forth with those who suffer from diseases where these transmissions slow or even stop. Alzheimer"s and Parkinson's are two more common ailments that are afflicting so many persons and great strides are being made. The once thought impossible is turning from a pipe dream into a great possibility of a cure. Stem cells are the revolution in modern medicine that has made our future in treatments and therapies brighter than ever.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Operation marks another step forward in stem cell research


"A 50-year-old man from Trion, Georgia, is the first person to be injected with stem cells in the upper part of the spinal cord, making him yet another pioneer in the scientific quest to use stem cells to heal."

The crippling effects that Lou Gehrig's disease afflicts on the body are unimaginable. Can stem cells provide hope that one day we may not have to fear the dreaded disease named after the Yankee great? I think the future has never looked so promising!!!

Researchers convince stem cells to create new working organs


"If you're still not convinced that stem cells are the future of medicine, try this on for size: Japanese researchers have used them to synthesize a fully functioning organ entirely from scratch."

Can you imagine a world where no one has to wait on a transplant list anymore to receive a new heart or kidney? How many people lose their battles with various diseases WAITING FOR A MATCHED DONOR versus the actual disease itself? If it hasn't become clear and evident yet that we will see stem cell therapies and treatments revolutionize modern medicine then I suggest doing research. Remember, one of the best sources of adult stem cells is from umbilical cord blood collected immediately after delivery. They are a 100% MATCH for that child and the probability of successfully matching with a sibling or other closely related family members is higher than finding a match from a national registry. That is why I banked both our children's umbilical cord blood, a sense of security for their future medical well-being!!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Stem Cells Reverse Heart Damage


This is BLOCKBUSTER type developments. Heart related diseases are the #1 killer in our society. Could we one day see persons who have suffered from a heart attack be able to use stem cells to REPAIR their broken heart. VERY EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Researchers create spinal cord connectors from human stem cells


Monday, November 14, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

U-M led ALS stem-cell trial takes a major step forward