Source: Stem Cells Portal
A clinical trial testing the effect of a stem cell therapy on patients with complete cervical cord injury is showing encouraging results, according to the company producing the new treatment.
Stem cell therapy also known as regenerative medicine is the use of stem cell to restore injured, degenerated or diseased body tissues. The cells are manipulated into a specific type of cells and are transplanted into affected organs to replace the damaged cells and contribute in repairing the defective tissue.
Source: Medical News Today
Researchers have restored arm and hand function to a paralyzed man with injections of an agent called AST-OPC1.
Source: Stem Cells Portal
A new biomaterial can be used to study how and when stem cells sense the mechanics of their surrounding environment.
The biggest advantage of stem cell therapy is that unlike with surgery; this procedure can be conducted within a day and there is minimal downtime. Patients can return to work within just a day or two and they are saved from taking time from work. Surgery comes with an increased risk of infection, but in case of stem cells, patients don’t have to worry about infection. Earlier one could get stem cells only from human umbilical cord, but now stem cells can also be obtained from the bone marrow of a healthy person and used to treat arthritis.
Source: Science Daily
By coating tiny gel beads with lung-derived stem cells and then allowing them to self-assemble into the shapes of the air sacs found in human lungs, researchers have succeeded in creating three-dimensional lung “organoids.”
Source: The Wall Street Journal
In two days of hearings next month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will consider if clinics offering stem-cell treatments should be more closely regulated.
Colorado-based Regenexx has, according to the June 15, 2016 news release, published “the world’s largest stem cell safety paper. The study was published in International Orthopaedics (March 30, 2016). The purpose of the study was to determine if mesenchymal-stem-cell-based therapies [MSC] are safe procedures when used for orthopedic degenerative conditions or injuries, and it included 2,372 subjects who received a total of 3,012 stem cell injection procedures.
When it comes to pain in the hip, knee or shoulder that requires therapeutic injections, be sure to seek a physician who is trained in image-guided procedures to deliver the medication accurately, says a physical medicine and rehabilitation expert at Baylor College of Medicine.
Results of a study presented at European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy Congress, here, showed patients who participated in sports before total knee arthroplasty were able to participate in sports postoperatively and in some cases, patients were more active in sports after surgery.