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HE STEM CELL TYPES WE USE FOR RECOVERY

By | 2018-09-30T09:15:26+00:00 July 9th, 2018|blog|

There are as many stem cell types in the human body as there are kinds of fish in the sea. Each of them has their use in regenerative medicine, but the stem cell types we primarily use to treat our patients are pluripotent stem cells, multipotent stem cells, and platelet rich plasma. These stem cell types have unique properties, but all can be harnessed from your body to speed healing and restore tissue. Here's how they each work. INDUCED PLURIPOTENT STEM CELLS Pluripotent stem cells are the most flexible form of stem cells, capable of differentiating into one of the three layers of the human body: ectoderm, or the skin and central nervous system, endoderm, stomach and respiratory tracts as well as a number of organs, and mesoderm, cartilage, bones and the circulatory system. [...]

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRP INJECTIONS VS. A CORTISONE SHOT?

By | 2018-10-04T09:54:24+00:00 July 3rd, 2018|blog|

Those suffering from chronic pain have more treatment options than ever before. While Platelet-rich plasma therapy is swiftly gaining mainstream notice for it's safe and effective treatment of long-term pain, many doctors will still recommend traditional cortisone injections first. But what are the main differences between PRP injections and cortisone treatments? Which is safer and more effective? The answers are complex, and while they'll both provide pain relief, there are some pretty major differences in how they go about it. Ultimately, consult a trained medical professional before undergoing either cortisone or PRP therapy, but go in with these facts in mind. WHAT ARE CORTISONE INJECTIONS? Cortisone injections are created from one key substance: corticosteroids. A fully legal form of steroids, corticosteroids do still possess similar pros and cons of their anabolic cousins. They're used [...]

CHIMERAS ARE NO MYTH WITH STEM CELLS

By | 2018-09-30T09:16:37+00:00 June 26th, 2018|blog|

In Greek mythology, the chimera was a monster with the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and a serpent for a tail. However, in real life, chimeras are any organism that possess two different sets of DNA. For instance, a twin that absorbs their sibling in utero or the recipient of a bone marrow transplant often become chimeras naturally because of the changes to their body's cells. Human animal chimeras have been a big part of scientific research for decades, with lab mice often genetically engineered with human cells to replicate our immune systems to better test drug efficacy. These chimeras are created by injecting human stem cells into animal embryos to create whatever tissue is needed for research. THE LATEST ADVANCES IN CHIMERA RESEARCH Human animal chimera research has hit [...]

CAN FASTING IMPROVE YOUR INTESTINAL STEM CELLS?

By | 2018-09-30T09:17:02+00:00 June 18th, 2018|blog|

Fasting diets are all the rage right now, with a variety of studies proclaiming all the magnificent health benefits that can be gained from abstaining from food for over 24 hours at a time. However, one particularly novel study from MIT claims that in addition to swift weight loss and lower blood pressure, a 24-hour fast can "turn back the clock" on your intestinal stem cells' functions. As you grow older, your body's stem cells slowly lose their ability to regenerate tissue and their replenishment also begins to decrease. Intestinal stem cells are key to repairing damage from injury or infection in your stomach, but they too get weaker with age. But MIT discovered degeneration can be reversed through a strain of proteins called PPARs that trigger a metabolic shift after a period of [...]

CAN THIS PEN PRINT STEM CELLS?

By | 2018-09-30T09:28:09+00:00 June 11th, 2018|blog|

Imagine a simple, handheld device, really no larger than a highlighter, that could heal injuries and repair joints using stem cells? Such a stem cell joint repair device is being developed right now by a research team from the University of Wollongong and St. Vincent's Hospital in Australia. The "biopen" is essentially a handheld 3D printer that uses stem cells from the host to repair cartilage injuries by using "bioink" to create a 3D scaffold over the injured joint, basically a blueprint from which the stem cells will differentiate and heal in the manner needed. THE ULTIMATE TOOL FOR STEM CELL JOINT REPAIR? Though the idea of the biopen seems like something out of a movie, the research team has already seen some real-world success with a 2017 clinical trial on sheep that healed [...]

CAN STEM CELLS IMPROVE THE FLU VACCINE?

By | 2018-09-30T09:29:23+00:00 June 5th, 2018|blog|

The elderly are often the hardest hit by seasonal viruses such as the flu due to the weakening of their immune system and its lessened ability to process the flu vaccine. However, a clinical trial from Longeveron LLC seeks to reverse this trend by integrating a stem cell therapy with the flu vaccine to improve the immune response of elderly patients, thus making the vaccine more effective. The Miami-based biomedical company was recently awarded a $750,000 USD grant from Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund to aid the trial, which will be conducted alongside a research team at Johns Hopkins University. HOW DOES THE TREATMENT WORK? The clinical trial will seek to use mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) taken from the bone marrow of stem cell donors to improve immune function in elderly patients before they [...]

HOW ROBOTS ARE REVOLUTIONIZING STEM CELL RESEARCH

By | 2018-09-30T09:29:54+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|blog|

Enhanced robotic capabilities are driving innovation in all sectors of healthcare research, but the University of Washington has developed an automated system to increase the speed and accuracy of their stem cell research using robots to grow mini-organs. As you know, stem cells are the building blocks of all organs and can be used to grow them in labs, but can also be used to make mini-organs or organoids made specifically to analyze diseases and test new procedures and medications on. Traditionally, using stem cells to grow organoids was a full day's job that required a scientist's full attention. UW's robotic approach takes 20 minutes and is fully automated. HOW CAN ROBOTS MAKE ORGANOIDS? Essentially, growing organoids is accomplished by distributing stem cells in liquid across a number of plates manually, with a researcher taking [...]

A STEM CELL TREATMENT FOR HEART FAILURE?

By | 2018-09-27T10:19:30+00:00 May 14th, 2018|blog|

Heart failure, the deterioration of the heart's ability to pump enough blood often resulting in death, affects 600,000 Canadians. The risk of death within a year after a heart failure diagnosis is 35 per cent. While doctors can implant a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to help pump blood, patients with them can face serious complications that often result in death. However, the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute in Virginia is currently prepping a clinical trial that will use a stem cell treatment for heart failure to help improve the condition of patients suffering from the ailment, including those with LVADs. MSCS AND STEM CELL HEART REPAIR According to MedStar physician Dr. Stephen Epstein, stem cell heart repair is promising because mesenchymal stem cells can combat inflammation common in patients with heart failure. "If we are [...]

THE IMPORTANCE OF A STEM CELL DONOR

By | 2018-09-30T09:30:48+00:00 May 8th, 2018|blog|

More and more, stem cells are being used to treat a wide variety of serious blood and bone marrow diseases, such as leukemia. As such, more and more healthcare services are requesting stem cell donations to aid in their treatments. For instance, the Canadian Blood Services' OneMatch program matches people who register as donors with compatible patients who need stem cell transplants from around the world. According to CBS, less than a quarter of patients who need a stem cell transplant can find a compatible donor from within their family, making outside donors crucial. However, there are some important factors you need to know about before you decide to become a stem cell donor. STEM CELL DONOR REQUIREMENTS In order to become a donor, you must meet a number of stem cell donor requirements. For instance, [...]

STEM CELL THERAPY, A CURE FOR ALCOHOLISM?

By | 2018-09-30T09:31:12+00:00 May 1st, 2018|blog|

Some people may think that when alcoholism is referred to as a disease, people are being figurative. That's not the case, alcoholism was recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association as far back as 1956 and it's easy to see why. Frequent use of alcohol and other addictive substances changes your brain chemistry, causing brain inflammation that builds dependence and alters your behaviour. Kicking the bottle isn't just a matter of willpower, it comes with a host of withdrawal systems and complications. In addition, your brain can remain inflamed long after you've stopped drinking. However, a medical cure for alcoholism could be available in our lifetime thanks to stem cell therapy. According to a study from the University of Chile, researchers were able to reduce alcohol intake in rats by 80-90 per cent using [...]