Bone Marrow Stem Cells Protect Lungs from Herbicide Injury

Yang et al. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2011 Apr;49(4):298-302. Paraquat is a herbicide that is linked to development of Parkinsons. It also is a toxin to lung cells and is used as a model of inducing lung injury in rats. In the current study the investigators wanted to see if administration of bone marrow mesenchymal stem…

Stem Cells Restore Tissue Affected By Acute Lung Injury

Researchers from the University of California San Francisco presented data today at the ATS 2010 International Conference in New Orleans demonstrating activity of adult stem cells in treatment of acute lung injury. This is a common condition in intensive care units that causes respiratory failure and often leads to death. The cause of acute lung…

Ahmedabad-based institutes get patent to use stem cells in kidney transplant

According to an article IndianExpress.com, an international patent has been issued to the G R Doshi K M Mehta Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC) and Dr HL Trivedi Institute of Transplantation Sciences (ITS) from Ahmedabad, Indian for utilization of stem cells in treatment of patients having undergone kidney transplantation.  Given that we…