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Stem Cell Therapies for Degenerative Disc Disease

Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy, also known as regenerative medicine therapy, is emerging as a promising treatment for degenerative disc disease (DDD). Wenchun Qu, MD, PhD, from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, reviewed the pathophysiology of DDD and advances in MSC preparation techniques at the American Academy of Pain Medicine 33rd Annual Meeting in Orlando, […]

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Longeveron Achieves Milestone in Groundbreaking Stem Cell Trial for Alzheimer’s Disease

Longeveron, a leading stem cell research company focused on biological solutions for age-associated diseases, announced today the successful completion of enrollment in the first phase of its clinical research trial of Longeveron allogeneic human mesenchymal stem cells (LMSCs®) to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The fifth and final patient needed for the initial safety “run-in” phase was […]

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Stem cell transplant findings could lead to personalised type 1 diabetes treatments

A clinical trial has shown promising findings from stem cell transplants in people with type 1 diabetes, with some patients coming off insulin injections for several years. This international research could also lead to better outcomes for more patients who undergo stem cell transplantation, according to senior author Dr Bart Roep, City of Hope and […]

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Multiple sclerosis: Stem cell transplantation may halt disease progression

New research provides further evidence of autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation as an effective treatment for multiple sclerosis, after finding the procedure halted disease progression for 5 years in almost half of patients.   Lead study author Dr. Paolo Muraro, of the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, and colleagues […]

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Mesenchymal stem cell treatment for arrhythmia

A new study published this month in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine indicates that treating heart patients with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) does not increase their risk of irregular heart beat (arrhythmia). In fact, the MSCs had the opposite effect and showed promise of improving the condition. “This could be an important breakthrough for many heart […]

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Could Umbilical Cord Blood Banking Save Your Baby’s Life? Inside the Pregnancy Phenomenon

Of all the goods and services available to expectant parents, biological insurance—as blood cord banking is often considered—would seem a no-brainer. Yet it’s an incredibly expensive undertaking whose most intriguing benefits are linked to medical breakthroughs that we are still waiting for. The blood in a placenta and umbilical cord—about 100 milliliters on average, or […]

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Stem cell transplants may induce long-term remission of multiple sclerosis

New clinical trial results provide evidence that high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by transplantation of a person’s own blood-forming stem cells can induce sustained remission of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system.   Five years after receiving the treatment, called high-dose immunosuppressive therapy and autologous […]

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First-of-its-kind Study Explores if Stem Cells Might Lessen Inflammation in CF Patients

An Ohio cystic fibrosis (CF) patient was given an infusion of adult stem cells in a pioneering study that researchers hope will lead to therapies that reduce inflammation and infections linked to the disease.   “I am hoping the future generations of CF patients can get better treatments and that eventually a cure will be […]

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Cord blood banking matters to me: Chemmy Alcott

During her adrenaline-fuelled career as a champion Alpine skier, Chemmy Alcott endured a few bumps and knocks. So when her first child, Locki, arrived last month, the former Olympic competitor wanted to be sure he would be ready for anything life throws at him. For she has revealed she has chosen to store blood from […]

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