Adult Stem Cell Awareness

May 26, 2010

New Disease Identified, Treated with Adult Stem Cells

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,alternative sources — chelseaz @ 7:58 am

This is pretty amazing:

Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) and the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital have identified a previously undiagnosed condition and successfully treated it by performing an experimental stem cell transplant.

Having spent her late teenage years in and out of hospital Katie Pulling had almost given up hope. “It was very confusing and very daunting. I kept hearing the doctors say, ‘We don’t know what is wrong’, ‘We don’t know why you are so sick’,” said Katie, who lives in north-eastern NSW.

With no options left Katie agreed to an experimental stem cell transplant – a transplant which ultimately saved her life.

Read more!
(h/t FRC Blog)

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Catholic Church Collaborates With Neostem to Promote ASCR

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,education — chelseaz @ 7:48 am

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture will team up with NeoStem, Inc., an international biopharmaceutical company with operations in the US and China, to create awareness about the promise of adult stem cells to treat disease:

“Considering the potential implication of scientific investigation, medical applicability and the cultural impact of research on adult stem cells, we view the collaboration with NeoStem as a critical effort,” said Reverend Tomasz Trafny, of the Pontifical Council for Culture. “Through educational initiatives with NeoStem and sponsorship of scientific research programs involving cutting edge adult stem cell science which does not hurt human life, we come one step closer to a breakthrough that can relieve needless human suffering. We are particularly excited about NeoStem’s VSEL™ technology and believe that mutual collaboration between NeoStem and the Pontifical Council for Culture could lead to significant financial commitment to support VSEL™ technology research.”

Said Dr. Robin L. Smith, Chairman and CEO of NeoStem:

“For over 40 years, physicians have been using adult stem cells to treat various blood cancers, but only recently has the promise of using adult stem cells to treat a significant number of other diseases begun to be realized. There are tremendous clinical and economic advantages to autologous stem cell transplantation (receiving your own stem cells) as there are no issues with immune rejection. Engraftment with your own stem cells is faster, safer and much less costly than receiving someone else’s stem cells (allogeneic)…Providing critical support to drive research and therapy efforts, this commitment is a milestone for the field of regenerative medicine,””

Read more and note that not one human being has benefited from any kind of embryonic stem cell treatment, ever (and any limited success in animal studies is tainted by the cells’ propensity to become cancerous or form deadly tumors and cysts).

These new partners will work on a variety of activities including a 3 day International Conference on adult stem cell research at the Vatican.

Related:
Vatican to Donate at Least €2 Million for Stem Cell Research
Stem Cell Ethics and the Things We Refuse to Do…

November 28, 2009

Stem Cells Heal Lungs of Newborn Animals

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,alternative sources — chelseaz @ 11:19 pm

Scientists are hopeful that this study (from Nov. 2009) may lead to new treatments for lungs of premature babies:

An international team of scientists led by Dr. Thébaud has demonstrated for the first time that stem cells protect and repair the lungs of newborn rats. “The really exciting thing that we discovered was that stem cells are like little factories, pumping out healing factors,” says Dr. Thébaud, an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Clinical Scholar. “That healing liquid seems to boost the power of the healthy lung cells and helps them to repair the lungs.”

In this study, Thébaud’s team simulated the conditions of prematurity — giving the newborn rats oxygen. The scientists then took stem cells, derived from bone marrow, and injected them into the rats’ airways. Two weeks later, the rats treated with stem cells were able to run twice as far, and had better survival rates. When Thébaud’s team looked at the lungs, they found the stem cells had repaired the lungs, and prevented further damage.

Read more

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)

November 13, 2009

Event: Adult Stem Cells Saved My Life

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness — chelseaz @ 10:19 pm

ASCSMLTomorrow I’ll be heading to Family Research Council’s Adult Stem Cells Saved My Life Education & Awareness Campaign premier in Kansas City.

Sadly, when most people think of stem cells they only think of those that come from embryos. They even think ESCs have been successful in producing some treatments or cures. However, only adult stem cells are now saving lives and offering real hope to patients with Brain Cancer, Breast Cancer, Leukemias, Lymphomas, Heart Damage, Juvenile Diabetes, Spinal Cord Injury, Sickle Cell Anemia, Multiple Sclerosis, and dozens of other diseases. The FRC event will showcase patient testimonies and a community website that will offer hope to patients and families seeking new treatments. Here is an article about the event from the Catholic News Agency.

I try to keep track of all the ASC successes that I can on this blog. Unfortunately, I get caught up with so many other things that I don’t get around to updates very often – and there’s always a LOT of updating to do! After a quick search through my Google Alerts of the past two weeks here’s some of the latest:
Adult stem cells increased mobility for spinal cord injury patients
Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi ‘feeling great’ after stem-cell treatment on hand (I couldn’t find a story explaining where the stem cells came from, but they are adult)
Experimental Stem Cell Therapy Raises Hope for Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients
Cell therapy for ulcers
First Use Of Antibody And Stem Cell Transplantation To Successfully Treat Advanced Leukemia
Gene and blood Stem Cell Therapy Technique Slows Brain Disease ALD
Stem Cells Repair Acute Lung Injury in Mice

If you aren’t going to the event tomorrow please browse our archives and read about some of the amazing things that have been done in this ethical field of stem cell research!

November 12, 2009

Cord Blood Reverses Cerebral Palsy in Colorado Girl

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,alternative sources — chelseaz @ 8:20 pm

FoxNews reports:

On May 28, 2008, at the age of 2, Chloe received a 15-minute re-infusion of her stem cells.

“The doctor is really cautious about what she tells patients,” Jenny Levine (Chloe’s mother) said. “She didn’t have a whole lot of results coming in. The best case scenario, we’d see signs of improvement in six months to a year.”

Within four days, her parents saw a noticeable difference, although Kurtzberg said most kids show benefits three to nine months later.

The rigidity on Chloe’s right side loosened up and her speech started to improve. She was able to ride her toy tractor, which in the past had been too difficult for her to pedal.

“Her life is completely normal, she doesn’t drag her right foot, she can use her right hand,” Jenny Levine said. “She rides a bike, a scooter…we’re taking her skiing this year. She’s fabulous.”

At this time, (Dr. Joanne) Kurtzberg (a professor of pediatrics and pathology at Duke University) said she does not know how long the effects of cord blood will last on kids like Chloe, but if there is a good chance it will be “durable and last indefinitely.” This is essential, since most babies have enough cells for only one infusion.

Read more

October 11, 2009

Liver Cells Can Be Generated From Patients’ Skin Cells

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,alternative sources — chelseaz @ 8:08 pm

Who says adult stem cells can’t produce many different types of cells? Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have successfully produced liver cells from patients’ skin cells:

The scientists took the skin cells and reprogrammed those to form a regenerative tissue. They saw that, those skin derived cells, pluripotent stem cells had the capacity to develop almost 200 cell types in the human body including the liver cells.

Stephen A. Duncan, professor in human and molecular genetics, Medical College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (MCW-M) led the project along with postdoctoral fellow Karim Si-Tayeb, and graduate student Fallon Noto.

Duncan said, “This is a crucial step forward towards developing therapies that can potentially replace the need for scarce liver transplants, currently the only treatment for most advanced liver disease.”

The researchers are hopeful that this finding can be used to diagnose and treat potentially hazardous metabolic liver diseases.

Liver is the master organ of the body controlling most of the metabolic functions like insulin secretion, digestion and detoxification. Once this is affected, it can result in a wide range of disorders including diabetes and atherosclerosis.

Liver malfunction can be due to infections like Hepatitis, genetic mutation or excessive alcohol consumption.

Jaw Bone Created From Stem Cells

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,alternative sources — chelseaz @ 7:54 pm

Scientists have created part of the jaw joint in the lab using human adult stem cells:

They say it is the first time a complex, anatomically-sized bone has been accurately created in this way.

It is hoped the technique could be used not only to treat disorders of the specific joint, but more widely to correct problems with other bones too.

The Columbia University study appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The bone which has been created in the lab is known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Problems with the joint can be the result of birth defects, arthritis or injury.

Although they are widespread, treatment can be difficult.

The joint has a complex structure which makes it difficult to repair by using grafts from bones elsewhere in the body.

The latest study used human stem cells taken from bone marrow.

Read more

September 28, 2009

Excellent Stem Cell Mobilization and Safety Profile for TG-0054

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,alternative sources — chelseaz @ 1:19 pm

In Taiwan:

TaiGen Biotechnology Co., Ltd. announced today that in a phase 1 study in healthy volunteers TG-0054, a chemokine receptor CXCR4 antagonist, was well tolerated and rapidly mobilized stem cells and endothelial progenitor cells from bone marrow into peripheral blood. The number of CD34+ stem cells in circulation after one dose of TG-0054 was equal or higher than reported cell numbers needed for stem cell transplantation in cancer patients. The observed AEs were all mild and transient. A phase 2 study in stem cell transplantation for multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hodgkin disease patients is currently being initiated.

Read more

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.

boys

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

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