Adult Stem Cell Awareness

April 3, 2008

Stem Cells Treat Parkinson’s Disease

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,alternative sources — chelseaz @ 12:14 pm

Parkinson’s patients have been treated in a clinical trial with bone marrow stem cells from their own bodies. From the story:

To date, Dr. Armestar’s team has implanted stem cells in 15 women and 32 men. The average age of the patients was about 50 years; Parkinson’s disease had been diagnosed from 1 year to 18 years before implantation.

At the 1-week follow-up, 39 patients had achieved a 35% improvement as assessed by a battery of Parkinson’s disease validated tests. At the 1-month follow-up, 34 patients showed a 52% improvement. At 3 months, 23 patients had improved an average of 59%; at 6 months, 6 patients had improved 76%; after 12 months the 1 person to reach that level had achieved an 80% improvement (P < .001), he said.

And another one: Uterine Stem Cells Create New Neurons That Can Curb Parkinson’s Disease:

The injection of uterine stem cells trigger growth of new brain cells in mice with Parkinson’s disease, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in an abstract presented at the 2008 Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI) Annual Scientific Meeting held March 26-29 in San Diego, California. “Previously, we were able to coax these multipotent stem cells to differentiate into cartilage cells,” said lead author Hugh S. Taylor, M.D., professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine and section chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale School of Medicine. “Now we have found that we can turn uterine stem cells into neurons that can boost dopamine levels and partially correct the problem of Parkinson’s disease.”

The latter story surely debunks the theory that ASCs are unable to differentiate into other specialized cells. And each disprove the notion that the use of human embryos is necessary for the advancement of stem cell research and the development of stem cell treatments, therapies and cures.

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