Adult Stem Cell Awareness

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.


November 19, 2008

Lab grown windpipe: another adult stem cell success

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,Real Hope — benotafraid @ 2:04 pm
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CNN had this as their homepage featured story this morning . . . let’s hope the Obama admin health and science advisors will see it and draw the proper conclusions: more money for ethical research with adult stem cells that works, not embronyic stem cells.


Woman given windpipe

created in laboratory

LONDON, England (CNN) — Doctors have given a woman a new windpipe with tissue engineered from her own stem cells in what experts have hailed as a “milestone in medicine.”

The breakthrough allowed Claudia Castillo, 30, to receive a new section of trachea — an airway essential for breathing — without the risk that her body would reject the transplant.

Castillo was given the stem cell surgery, the controversial branch of medicine that some say could lead to human cloning, after suffering a severe lung collapse.

The condition, caused by long-term tuberculosis left Castillo, a Colombian now living in Barcelona, unable to carry out simple domestic duties or care for her two children.

The only conventional option was a major operation to remove her left lung, a risky procedure with a high mortality rate. continue

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