Autologous stromal vascular fraction therapy for rheumatoid arthritis: rationale and clinical safety.

Int Arch Med. 2012 Feb 8;5(1):5. [Epub ahead of print] Paz Rodriguez J, Murphy MP, Hong S, Madrigal M, March KL, Minev B, Harman RJ, Chen CS, Timmons RB, Marleau AM, Riordan NH. ABSTRACT: Advancements in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment protocols and introduction of targeted biological therapies have markedly improved patient outcomes, despite this, up [...]

2012-02-17T18:24:36+00:00February 17th, 2012|News, Stem Cell Research|

Ischemic Stroke Recovery May Be Improved Using Stem Cell Therapy

At the American Heart Association's International Stroke Conference in New Orleans, two studies suggested that stem cell therapy improves functional recovery following subacute ischemic stroke and may aid in regenerative therapy. One hundred and twenty subacute ischemic stroke patients were treated with mononuclear bone marrow-derived stem cells. Patients ranged in age from eighteen to seventy [...]

2012-02-03T18:31:28+00:00February 3rd, 2012|Adult Stem Cells, News, Stem Cell Research, Stroke|

Autologous mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis: an open-label phase 2a proof-of-concept study

Connick P, Kolappan M, Crawley C, Webber DJ, Patani R, Michell AW, Du MQ, Luan SL, Altmann DR, Thompson AJ, Compston A, Scott MA, Miller DH, Chandran S. Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. Abstract BACKGROUND: More than half of patients with multiple sclerosis have progressive disease characterised by accumulating disability. The [...]

2012-02-02T18:34:55+00:00February 2nd, 2012|Multiple Sclerosis, News, Stem Cell Research|

Fat Stem Cells Turn to Muscle: A Treatment for Muscular Dystrophy?

New research published in the journal Biomaterials by University of California, San Diego researcher Adam Engler suggests fat-derived stem cells that are developed on a stiff surface transform into mature muscle cells. This remarkable discovery could lead to new treatments for muscular dystrophy in the future. Fat stem cells and bone marrow stem cells were [...]

2012-01-31T18:38:24+00:00January 31st, 2012|Adult Stem Cells, Muscular Dystrophy, News, Stem Cell Research|

The Role of Adult Stem Cells in Angioplasty

The National Institute of Health has granted the Creighton School of Medicine $3.3 million dollars to study repairing damaged coronary arteries with adult stem cells. Such damage can occur when patients undergo coronary artery angioplasty and stenting. A serious problem that occurs is the re-narrowing (restenosis) of coronary arteries after stent placement. Stents are used [...]

2012-01-24T18:48:50+00:00January 24th, 2012|Adult Stem Cells, Heart Disease, News, Stem Cell Research|

Stem cells secrete factors that promote muscle growth after exercise

Stem cells that aid in healing disease and injury in skeletal muscle have been found inside muscles in greater numbers after exercise, according to a new animal study at the University of Illinois. Just one exercise session increases the number of muscle-derived mesenchymal stem cells (mMSCs) in mice, according to Beckman Institute researcher Marni Boppart. [...]

2012-01-20T18:50:22+00:00January 20th, 2012|Adult Stem Cells, Muscular Dystrophy, News, Stem Cell Research|

Umbilical cord stem cells may lead to new spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis treatments

Researchers in Florida have accomplished converting umbilical cord stem cells into other cell types. According to University of Central Florida bioengineer James Hickman, it's the first time that non-embryonic cells have accomplished this feat. His research group published this work in the January 18th issue of ACS Chemical Neuroscience. Two major benefits of umbilical cord-derived [...]