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Scientists grow ‘mini-lungs’ to aid study of cystic fibrosis

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have successfully created ‘mini-lungs’ using stem cells derived from skin cells of patients with cystic fibrosis, and have shown that these can be used to test potential new drugs for this debilitating lung disease. The research is one of a number of studies...

Sheffield mum out of wheelchair and on to dancefloor after pioneering MS treatment

Holly Drewry was in a wheelchair as a result of her condition before she was part of a small group of patients given a new treatment at the city’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Within weeks, the 25-year-old was walking again – and now doctors are preparing to step up an...

Cancer Vaccine In The Works

Scientists have found a way to teach the body’s immune system to identify and fight cancer cells, and may be a basis for a cancer vaccine.  The research has been done on patients with leukemia, and soon, doctors are hopeful, that this can eventually be used to people suffering...

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Stem Cell therapy with drugs rekindles new hope to Diabetes 2 treatment

Canada-based University of British Columbia scientists have shown for the first time that Type 2 diabetes can be tackled with a combination of specially-cultured stems cells and conventional diabetes drugs. The scientists have used stem cells to reverse the type 1 diabetes in mice and hope to apply similar...

Patient stem cells used to make dementia-in-a-dish; help identify new treatment strategy

Belgian researchers have identified a new strategy for treating an inherited form of dementia after attempting to turn stem cells derived from patients into the neurons most affected by the disease. In patient-derived stem cells carrying a mutation predisposing them to frontotemporal dementia, which accounts for about half of...

Mount Sinai Researchers Awarded $1 Million Grant to Find New Stem Cell Therapies for Vision Recovery

Mount Sinai Researchers Awarded $1 Million Grant to Find New Stem Cell Therapies for Vision Recovery The National Eye Institute (NEI), a division of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai a five-year grant that will support an effort...

Making personalized blood vessels from a patient’s blood sample

Researchers in Sweden have published a proof-of-concept report of the successful recellularization of decellularized human blood vessels with autologous whole peripheral blood. The vessels were then used for a bypass procedure in two patients with portal vein thrombosis. The work shows personalized blood vessels can be generated using a...

Cryptic clues drive new theory of bowel cancer development

Researchers have challenged conventional thinking on how the bowel lining develops and, in the process, suggested a new mechanism for how bowel cancer starts. The researchers produced evidence that stem cells are responsible for maintaining and regenerating the ‘crypts’ that are a feature of the bowel lining, and believe...

Turmeric compound boosts regeneration of brain stem cells

A bioactive compound found in turmeric promotes stem cell proliferation and differentiation in the brain, reveals new research. The findings suggest aromatic turmerone could be a future drug candidate for treating neurological disorders, such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Lead author of the study, Adele Rueger, said: “While several...

Stem cell discovery could lead to better treatments for blindness

Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered that a region on the front surface of the eye harbors special stem cells that could treat blinding eye conditions. This part of the eye is called the ‘corneal limbus’ and is a narrow gap lying between the transparent cornea and...