Adult Stem Cell Awareness

July 17, 2009

Testing Effectiveness of Using ASCs for Type-1 Diabetes Treatment

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,alternative sources — chelseaz @ 11:31 am

In Wisconsin:

A study at UW Hospital and others across the country is testing an experimental treatment for Type 1 diabetes: giving adult stem cells to people recently diagnosed in hopes of stopping the progression of the disease.

The approach involves stem cells taken from the bone marrow of donors and grown in a lab. The cells, infused into patients intravenously, are thought to reduce the inflammation that causes the patients to stop producing insulin, researchers say.

Insulin, a hormone, is needed to process sugar. People with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin shots or use insulin pumps to stave off kidney disease, blindness, amputations, heart disease and other serious conditions. The hope is that the new treatment could reduce or eliminate their need for insulin, though that remains unproven.

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And in Kentucky:

On Wednesday, Spindler received his third and final injection of what could be adult stem cells at the University of Kentucky Hospital, becoming the first person in Kentucky to receive the treatment, which is being tested in a clinical trial.

Spindler is the state’s first participant in a national research project that is being conducted through Osiris Therapeutics, a company based in Maryland. Researchers are trying to determine whether injected adult stem cells can repair tissue damage and help the body produce insulin.

But Spindler won’t find out for two years whether the injections he has been receiving contain stem cells or placebos. The study is double-blind, so even Spindler’s physicians don’t know which he’s getting.

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These are only very early tests of course, but, hey, it’s more than anything that’s being done with embryonic stem cells…


1 Comment »

  1. Can stem cells cure Diabetes – type 2?
    Can stem cells cure Diabetes – type 1?

    Comment by David Granovsky — August 31, 2009 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

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