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Can Babies Help Heart Patients?

Posted 28 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – Instead of throwing away the umbilical cord after birth, new research suggests using this medical waste to potentially improve the lives of people with heart failure. With parental permission, doctors used umbilical cords to harvest stem cells that were then injected into people with heart failure. People who received those injections were monitored for a year, and were found to have an increase in heart muscle function. Study volunteers also reported positive changes in their day-to-day lives, regaining the ability to do things such as drive a car. "Their quality of life really improved," said study author Dr. Fernando Figueroa. He's a professor and program director in translational research in cell therapy at the University of the Andes School of Medicine in Chile. "A physician in Chile wrote us a very funny email after his infusion, saying how he felt ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Failure, Congestive Heart Failure, Left Ventricular Dysfunction, Diagnosis and Investigation, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation, Stem Cell Transplant Conditioning, Left Ventriculography

Researchers Create Artificial Mouse 'Embryo'

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – British scientists report that they've created a kind of artificial mouse embryo using stem cells, which can be coaxed to create various parts of the body. Researchers from the University of Cambridge explained that in regular reproduction, when a mammal's egg has been fertilized by a sperm, it starts dividing to create a cluster of stem cells. The stem cells then start dividing into different areas of development: Embryonic stem cells start clustering to form the future body; then two other types of stem cells form the placenta (called extra-embryonic trophoblast stem cells) and the yolk sac. This stage of development is called the blastocyst. Previous laboratory attempts to create embryos haven't gone beyond the blastocyst stage, according to the researchers. In the new study, the scientists used genetically modified mouse embryonic stem cells, ... Read more

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Hundreds of U.S. Clinics Sell Unapproved Stem Cell 'Therapies'

Posted 1 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 – Hundreds of clinics across the United States are marketing unapproved stem cell treatments for conditions ranging from aging skin to spinal cord injuries, a new study finds. In an online search, researchers found at least 570 clinics offering unapproved stem cell "therapies." They tend to be concentrated in a handful of states – including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New York and Texas – but are scattered across many other states, too. Most often, the clinics market stem cell procedures for orthopedic conditions, such as arthritis and injured ligaments and tendons. This does have science behind it, but is still experimental, medical experts said. In other cases with little or no supporting evidence, clinics hawked stem cell "facelifts" and therapies for serious conditions such as chronic lung disease, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. If ... Read more

Related support groups: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Respiratory Tract Disease, Parkinsonism, Parkinsonian Tremor, Stem Cell Transplant Conditioning

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