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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REGENERATIVE MEDICINE AND TISSUE ENGINEERING?

By | 2018-09-30T09:00:41+00:00 September 5th, 2018|blog|

Many people believe regenerative medicine and tissue engineering are just different words for the same thing: replacing dead or damaged tissue with biologically engineered replacements. While the two methods share the same goal, they use fundamentally different means to achieve it. TISSUE ENGINEERING Tissue engineering is a process wherein fibroblasts are extracted from a patient and then used to artificially grow cells and tissues in a lab setting using the principles of the body's own tissue growth. This is done using "tissue scaffolds" which encourage cells to develop in a certain way, such as influencing them to grow into bio-artificial bone marrow when implanted under a patient's skin. Using tissue engineering, scientists have been able to create a wide variety of artificial organs including bladders, pancreases, livers, and even whole bones. While the ultimate [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]