Adult Stem Cell Awareness

June 7, 2011

Pioneering stem cell bandage receives approval for clinical trial

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,alternative sources,Real Hope — chelseaz @ 6:56 pm

Good news:

Millions of people with knee injuries could benefit from a new type of stem cell bandage treatment if clinical trials are successful. The world’s first clinical trial for the treatment of patients with torn meniscal cartilage has received approval from the UK regulatory agency, the MHRA1, to commence.

The current treatment for the majority of tears is the removal of the meniscus, a procedure that often results in the early onset of osteoarthritis.

The Phase I trial, one of the first in the UK to be approved using stem cells, will treat meniscal tear patients with a cell bandage product, seeded with the patient’s own, expanded, stem cells.

The cell bandage, produced by Azellon Ltd, a University of Bristol spin-out company, is focused on the research, development and commercialisation of an adult autologous (patient’s own) stem cell technology which in vitro (tissue culture) has shown great promise for the healing of meniscal tears.

The trial is designed primarily to test the safety profile of Azellon’s cell bandage in ten meniscal tear patients, but some information on whether or not it works will also be obtained. The bandage, containing the patient’s own stem cells will be implanted in a simple surgical procedure using a specially designed instrument that helps to deliver the cells into the injured site as a first-line treatment in place of removal of the meniscus. Patients will be closely monitored for safety over a five-year follow-up period.

Professor Anthony Hollander, Chief Scientific Officer at Azellon Ltd and Head of the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Bristol, said: “The approval we have received from the MHRA is an important milestone in the development of stem cell therapies in the UK. These cells hold much scientific and medical promise but we can only know if they work or not by testing them out in clinical trials.”

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May 17, 2011

Interview With Man Cured of HIV by Adult Stem Cell Transplant

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,alternative sources,Real Hope — chelseaz @ 8:56 am

Here’s another follow-up to a story I mentioned on my website a few years ago:

Timothy Ray Brown tested positive for HIV back in 1995, but has now entered scientific journals as the first man in world history to have that HIV virus completely eliminated from his body in what doctors call a “functional cure.”

Brown was living in Berlin, Germany back in 2007, dealing with HIV and leukemia, when scientists there gave him a bone marrow stem cell transplant that had astounding results.

“I quit taking my HIV medication the day that I got the transplant and haven’t had to take any since,” said Brown, who has been dubbed “The Berlin Patient” by the medical community.

Brown’s amazing progress continues to be monitored by doctors at San Francisco General Hospital and at the University of California at San Francisco medical center.

“I’m cured of HIV. I had HIV but I don’t anymore,” he said, using words that many in the scientific community are cautiously clinging to.

Read more – with video interview.

This is incredible – and accomplished using ethically derived stem cells. Pass it on!

Previous posts (from my website):
Did Adult Stem Cells Cure an AIDS Patient??
More on Possible Future Stem Cell Trials for AIDS Treatment

August 6, 2010

A major advance for tracheal stenosis using adult stem cells

Filed under: Real Hope — benotafraid @ 5:03 pm
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It was the end of a long battle for Ciaran Finn-Lynch, born with a windpipe that was essentially too narrow to function. Several prior attempts to rebuild his trachea had bought him some time, but last November complications with a tracheal stent had once again caused massive bleeding. His surgeons had few options but to turn to an innovative approach to rebuilding an airway using a donor trachea, which would be “fleshed out” with Ciaran’s own cells so that his body would not reject the tissue. So far, so good! Read the full story here.  The procedure had been sucessfully carried out an adult woman several years ago: Lab grown windpipe: another adult stem cell success.

May 28, 2010

Adult Stem Cells still hold the best hope for EB

The University of Minnesota is several months into a new FDA approved trial for the treatment of dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (EB), which is the most severe form.  The Edlings hope their son Daylon, scheduled to begin treatment this month, will benefit – even though the trial itself is risky. Daylon will receive a bone marrow transplant to trigger the  production of collagen VII. Of course, all of this is the “magic” of adult stem cells at work. We hope and pray the results will save Daylon’s life, and lead to the same life-saving therapies for others living with the most severe EB.  See the full story here.

See also: Cure Found for Child’s “Untreatable” Skin Disease! and Adult stem cells may help children with a severe skin disease

November 19, 2009

ASCs Saved My Life Education & Awareness Campaign Launched

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,alternative sources,Real Hope — chelseaz @ 11:09 pm

I did go to the launch of the Adult Stem Cells Saved My Life campaign last Saturday. Here is a local news story about the launch:

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It was very well done and the testimonies were encouraging as always. The event was held in Kansas City where over 1,500 adult stem cell transplants have taken place! How nice it is to actually see positive results in human patients! Shamefully an intellectually dishonest campaign of junk science and emotional manipulation has largely dismissed or ignored the benefits of adult stem cells and lead many to believe that our greatest hope for therapies and cures lies in research that requires the creation, use and destruction of tiny human beings (despite growing evidence to the contrary). This manipulation and misinformation is what lead Missouri voters to approve “Amendment 2” in 2006, creating a constitutional right to clone and kill human embryos in our State.

We were going to take our own video of the testimonies while we were there, but they already have a few very nicely done little videos that tell some of the patient’s stories. They are featured on the new website StemCellResearchFacts.org:

Laura Domingues has a spinal cord injury and is now starting to walk again with the help of Adult Stem Cells taken from her own nose. She’s working with Dr. Carlos Lima from Portugual who has been studying olfactory mucosa autografts in human spinal cord injury – you can see his pilot study here. Another patient of Dr. Lima has given her testimony several times as well, which you can see here. More on ASCs and SCI: here, here, here, here and here.

Little Joseph Davis was cured of sickle cell anemia with his little brother’s umbilical cord blood stem cells. These guys were super cute on Saturday. Joe’s little brother went up to the mike and told the audience, “I gave my brother my cord blood and now we can play together!” See this story on sibling cord blood transplantation for sickle cell and the Sickle Cell Information Center’s Bone Marrow and Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplant page for more.

Amy Daniels has had a near complete recovery from Scleroderma- a disease that causes the tissue in the skin, blood vessels, and muscles to harden. More on ASCs and Scleroderma here, here, here, here, and here – for starters.

We also heard from Doug Rice who was at end-stage heart failure and was not a candidate for transplant because of his diabetes. Doug was at death’s door, and preparing for it, until he met with scientists (from Israel and Bangkok) who isolated stem cells from his blood, cultivated them and implanted them into his coronary artery. According to Doug the effects were immediate with his heart increasing to 41 percent efficiency from 11 percent before the procedure. After seeing this man’s testimony and meeting and talking with him for a few minutes I can tell you this man does not look like anyone in the advanced stages of heart failure! Watch video of Doug telling his story here: part 1 and part 2 (Windows media). And yes, there is more on ASCs and heart treatment: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here)

September 24, 2009

Boys born with cerebral palsy make steady improvement after autologous stem cell therapy

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,Real Hope — benotafraid @ 10:51 pm

The Denver Post caught up with two fifth-grade boys and their families who spent their summer in Germany. The trip was no cultural excursion, or sightseeing adventure – it was medical tourism.  Born with cerebral palsy, best friends Dominic King and Harrison Spiers visited a European stem cell treatment center where each received injections of their own stem cells. Already the parents have observed progress in both boys.

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Looking up now

Experimental treatment helps boys with cerebral palsy

By Karen Auge

A slow-motion ballet is unfolding on a gym mat in the family room of Dom inic King’s Englewood home.

Cradled in the arms of physical therapist Kelly Leid, 10-year-old Dom inic rolls gracefully, stretches, pushes, bends, holds — to the accompaniment of his friend, Harrison Spiers, in the next room cheering on the Rockies in his best stadium voice.

The moves may look rhythmic and effortless, but they are hard, tiring work — work that would have been harder, if not impossible, three months ago.

Dominic, like Harrison, has cerebral palsy. And when the boys started fifth grade a few weeks ago, they had amazing stories to share about what they did over summer vacation: After months of fundraising, the best friends went to Germany with their families for a stem-cell treatment that their parents hope will be as life-changing as it is groundbreaking.

Now, back home, their big adventure is behind them. And the work is just beginning. continue

See also: Hope for ischemic brain injury, Stem Cell Research a Miracle for Aussie Toddler with Cerebral Palsy, and XCell-Center Presents Positive Results from Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell Treatment

H/T to Save the Cord

Autologous stem cells augment artificial heart to save man’s life

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,Real Hope — benotafraid @ 10:07 pm
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A great story out of Greece where for the first time autologous (adult) stem cells have been used alongside an artificial pump. The idea is to buy time, making the Jarvic “heart” do all the work while the autologous cells rebuild new and healthy heart muscle. If this works as anticipated, not only will lives (and quality of life) be extended for some patients with end-stage heart failure, but in addition, perhaps this combination of therapies will prevent some patients from becoming candidates for transplant.

Dying patient saved by artificial heart and stem cell treatment hailed as world first

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:51 PM on 24th September 2009

A British surgeon has saved a man dying of heart failure by giving him an artificial heart and injecting him with stem cells to rebuild the damaged muscle in a world-first operation.

Professor Stephen Westaby, based at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, led the team that operated on Ioannis Manolopoulos in Thessaloniki, Greece to fit him with the mechanical pump.

Artificial hearts are used in only a handful of patients in the UK and Mr Westaby believes that the use of the patient’s own cells extracted from his bone marrow represents the first time the two treatments have ever been combined.

Mr Manolopoulos, who is recovering after the operation two weeks ago, said: ‘If things go well, I must go to church and pray because I feel very lucky to get this device and have the chance of a normal life.’ continue

See also: Man Treated for Heart Failure With Own Cardiac Stem Cells

July 10, 2009

July is Cord Blood Awareness Month

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,Real Hope — benotafraid @ 9:13 am

If you donated your baby’s umbilical cord to a public bank – thank you! Your baby’s cord blood produces stem cells that cure or treat many conditions, such as sickle cell anemia, diGeorge syndrome, Hurler syndrome, epidermolysis bullosa,  and so far up to 66 more. This entire month is dedicated to increasing awareness about umbilical cord blood stem cells.  If you are about to have a baby, we hope you will consider saving the cord  for potential private use or donating to a public bank. Some hospitals easily expedite this process (and others don’t, unfortunately). And if you are not expecting a baby, please mention this life-saving option to your friends and family who are expecting – as a way of celebrating Cord Blood Awareness Month. It’s a great opportunity to help the gift of life keep on giving!

May 29, 2009

Parents of boy cured of sickle cell anemia talk about their experience

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,alternative sources,Real Hope — benotafraid @ 10:34 am

Great interview provided by Texas Alliance for Life. Little Joseph had three blood transfusions by the age of three, and his condition was chronically poor. Though his  parents were aware of a cord blood therapy, they were having a difficult time finding a match for their son.  Then they discovered they were expecting another child. Baby brother Isaac’s cord blood cells provided the match needed for Joseph’s therapies. Watch the story:

 

See also: Adios, Sickle Cell Anemia, Disability Advocates Need NOT Support ESC Research

April 28, 2009

Treating MS with Fat Stem Cells

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,alternative sources,Real Hope — chelseaz @ 1:32 pm

Video explaining the possible treatment of multiple sclerosis using fat derived stem cells (h/t Rebecca Taylor):

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