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DO I HAVE TO GET HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY?

By | 2018-09-27T10:28:19+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|blog|

Chronic pain in your hip from osteoarthritis can greatly hamper your quality of life. Even sitting and lying down become uncomfortable when you're stricken with the agonizing condition. There are studies showing that the demand for surgeries are rising, even in a day and age where stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine are becoming more prominent. Hip replacement surgeries are more readily available, and its assumed that they fix everything and improve overall health. But this is a misconception, and hip replacement surgery should be a last resort because there are less drastic options than going under the knife. THE PROBLEM WITH HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY If you have osteoarthritis in the hip, the protective cartilage wears away on the ball of the hip joint, causing rubbing against the socket. Furthermore, you may experience bone [...]

SERIOUS MONKEY BUSINESS: STEM CELLS ARE IMPROVING FUNCTION IN PARALYZED PRIMATES

By | 2018-09-30T09:32:07+00:00 April 16th, 2018|blog|

For decades, scientists have been searching for ways for regenerative medicine to restore movement in patients who've suffered traumatic spinal cord injuries. Unfortunately, due to limitations, stem cells have always been rejected during transplants. But now, a ground-breaking stem cell study has shown promise in restoring movement in injured monkeys, allowing them to grasp objects. AXON QUESTIONS THAT NEED AN ANSWER Axons are the neuronal branches the brain employs to communicate with the rest of the body. When there's spinal cord trauma, axons are essentially cut off from the brain. In order to restore motor function, the lines of communication between the axons and the brain must be regenerated. A crucial road block however, is that the spinal cord quickly reorganizes the extracellular matrix around the damaged site after the spinal trauma. These proteins [...]

THE POTENTIAL OF STEM CELL EYE REPAIR

By | 2018-09-27T10:33:26+00:00 April 11th, 2018|blog|

Vision loss is one of the greatest fears people have about growing older. However, stem cell eye repair could eliminate at least one form of blindness in the coming years. A Phase 1 clinical trial at the UK's Moorfields Eye Hospital successfully restored sight to two patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration using a revolutionary retinal stem cell treatment for blindness. WHAT IS AMD? AMD is one of the most common forms of age-related vision loss, affecting more than a million Canadians. The most common symptoms of AMD are blurred vision, dark shadows over the eyes and even visual hallucinations in extreme cases. The disease comes in two varieties: dry, and the less common wet form, which is what the patients at Moorfields suffered from. The wet version occurs when abnormal blood vessels appear [...]

CAN STEM CELL INJECTION THERAPY PREVENT ARTHRITIS PAIN?

By | 2018-09-30T09:36:08+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|blog|

Stem cell Injection therapy continues to show positive results in treating arthritis-related symptoms, though regenerative medicine isn't a main stream treatment yet. In this week's blog, we explain why stem cell and PRP injections are the present and the future when it comes to treating arthritis symptoms. MAKING THE CASE FOR STEM CELL INJECTION THERAPY The articular cartilage that lines the heads of moving joints lacks blood vessels or nerves, slowing down the body's repair process after acute injuries or chronic inflammation. Cartilage tissue has low cell content, with chondrocytes (cells that secrete the matrix of a cartilage and become embedded in it) making up 5% of the tissue. Stem cells create chondrocyteswhich in turn create cartilage. So, it's no surprise scientists are researching methods to differentiate stem cells into patient-derived chondrocytes for transplanting. [...]

CAN STEM CELL TREATMENTS HELP MEN WITH ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION?

By | 2018-09-30T09:36:48+00:00 March 26th, 2018|blog|

The latest clinical trials involving stem cell treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED) suggest these differentiating cells can restore some erectile function, allowing impotent men to have spontaneous sex (yet another reason to always carry a condom). While these are the results of an early, Phase 1 trial, which focused on safety and dosage, they're still erecting intrigue in the stem cell community and men looking for a solution to their ED. A NATURAL CURE Several stem cell researchers have been working on a stem cell cure for erectile dysfunction, but none have been able to help impotent men achieve full sexual intercourse. The results presented by the European Association of Urology at a conference in London showed that 8 of 21 participating men regained 'impulsive' sexual function. "What we have done establishes that this [...]

CAN PRP AND STEM CELL INJECTION THERAPIES REVERSE INFERTILITY?

By | 2018-09-30T09:38:28+00:00 March 19th, 2018|blog|

The potential of regenerative medicines never ceases to amaze us. PRP and stem cell injection therapies are now commonly utilized to facilitate the natural healing of injuries, helping people avoid surgery and pharmaceuticals. More and more study results point to regenerative medicine potentially treating serious conditions such as heart disease and Alzheimer's in the distant future. Now, stem cell and PRP injection therapies are being used to reverse menopause, repair failing ovaries, and battle infertility in women who still want children! REJUVENATING THE OVARIES During PRP injection therapy, the patient's own blood is processed in a centrifuge, where blood platelets - carriers of powerful growth factors - are extracted, and injected back into the patient. Some practitioners at PRP injection sites have been administering regenerative medicine into the soft tissue of the ovaries of [...]

COULD STEM CELL THERAPY REVOLUTIONIZE ALZHEIMER’S TREATMENTS?

By | 2018-09-30T09:39:12+00:00 March 12th, 2018|blog|

It's estimated that more than five million North American's have Alzheimer's Disease. The fatal neurological disorder develops in adults, usually over the age of 65. Alzheimer's damages and kills brain cells, leading to significant brain shrinkage over time. The symptom most synonymous with Alzheimer's is memory loss   but impulsive behavior, mood/personality changes, hallucinations, and confusion are also common. There may be no cure, but Texas A&M's Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Celltex Therapeutics are investigating whether inflammation-fighting sacs could be used to treat Alzheimer's symptoms. UNTAPPED POTENTIAL Fluid-filled sacs, or vesicles, carry material inside a cell. In the instance when cells release these sacs, they become mesenchymal stem cell (MSCs) exosomes. MSCs can develop into almost any type of cell in the body, including bone, cartilage, muscle, or fat. The team plans on [...]

CAN STEM CELLS OFFER STROKE PATIENTS RENEWED HOPE?

By | 2018-09-27T11:17:49+00:00 March 5th, 2018|blog|

A stroke occurs when blood flow and oxygen are cut off to the brain, adversely damaging brain cells that control parts of the body. Strokes effect 800,000 people every year in the US, killing 140,000 as a result. There are many lifestyle risk factors that leave individuals more vulnerable to a stroke obesity, inactivity, binge drinking, and use of illicit substances. Medical risk factors include high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. Depending on the severity of a stroke, victims can experience muscle weakness, numbness, pressure sores, pneumonia, incontinence, apraxia, appetite loss, speech loss, and vision loss. Since major stroke survivors are typically severely disabled during their recovery, they struggle to carry out simple tasks. For those lucky enough to make a full recovery, the process is long and painful. [...]

HOW UBC DOCTORS ARE LEAPING OVER STEM CELL-RELATED HURDLES

By | 2018-09-30T09:40:52+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|blog|

A team of UBC researchers have co-created a drug that may overcome a hurdle stopping stem cell therapies from successfully treating muscle dystrophy. The degenerative disease drastically decreases life expectancy by weakening the muscles and tissues in one of every 5,000 men. PROLIFERATION OF DIFFERENTIATION Stem cells may hold the key to treating muscle dystrophy because of their ability to differentiateor transform into new cells that form into specialized tissues in the body. But scientists struggled to suss out a treatment, due to stem cells differentiating too quickly once isolated in a lab dish, morphing into muscle fibres. Since they're no longer muscle stem cells, they stop dividing and fail to transplant correctly. "All our stem cells were turning into 'bread' and we really needed them to stay as 'flour' so they could continue to [...]

COMBATTING AMERICA’S OPIOID CRISIS WITH STEM CELL THERAPY

By | 2018-09-30T09:41:33+00:00 February 20th, 2018|blog|

The United States' opioid crisis has exploded into an epidemic. In 2016, 2.6 million US citizens were suffering from opioid addictions, while opioid-related deaths increased by 28%. Consequently, life expectancy declined for the second straight year for the first time since the early 60s. Could the rise of stem cell injection therapies coincide with an end to these alarming trends? A REAL PAIN IN THE BACK Degenerative disc disorder accounts for 22 per cent of chronic back pain cases. The discs between our vertebrae absorb every bit of wear-and-tear we place on our lower back, shrinking and drying out as you age, reducing cushioning capabilities. The degenerative process can lead to trapped nerves, severe bouts of inflammation, and in many cases, a reliance on opioid-based pain pills. THE POWER OF THE PRECURSOR An Australian [...]