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CAN STEM CELL THERAPY HELP MLB PITCHERS AVOID TOMMY JOHN SURGERY?

By | 2018-09-27T12:13:18+00:00 November 14th, 2017|blog|

If you're a die-hard fan of baseball, you'll know that the winter isn't really the off-season. Managers and owners come together at the annual Winter Meetings to wheel and deal, jostling to improve their rosters for contention next season.  With the potential investment of millions into the golden arms of these players, owners signing the checks must be sure the player will last the tenure of their contract. Baseball players (especially pitchers) can quietly undergo therapies for their arm to avoid painful elbow surgeries. From high-school prospects to major-league hall-of-famers, therapy for the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) has been essential for pitchers hoping to have long, lucrative careers in the Major Leagues. In 2016, Los Angeles Angels pitchers Andrew Heaney and Garrett Richards broke their silence and went public about undergoing a new form [...]

HOW STEM CELL THERAPY CAN END THE TOMMY JOHN EPIDEMIC IN BASEBALL

By | 2018-09-27T14:30:34+00:00 April 4th, 2017|blog|

It's the worst kept secret in baseball (besides the scientific fact Mike Trout is from another planet): players, especially pitchers, are relying more and more on stem cell therapy to ward off injury. The progressive stem cell therapies of today are being used by ball players from high-school prospects to major-league stars. Despite the fact everyone's doing it, nobody talks about it, kind of like picking your nose. So it was both anticlimactic and a revelation when the Los Angeles Angels announced that both Andrew Heaney and Garrett Richards would treat their torn ulnar collateral ligaments (UCLs) through stem cell treatments. It marked the first time ball players and their employers were open to divulging the rehabilitation plans utilizing this novel procedure. Until now, the only solution to a torn or damaged UCL had [...]

CAN STEM CELLS RETURN LOST MEMORIES?

By | 2018-09-27T15:11:41+00:00 July 4th, 2016|blog|

There's no cure for age: everyone besides Benjamin Button will one day get old. The risk of age-related illnesses grows with us, making us vulnerable to dementia, Alzheimer's, and other cases of cognitive impairment. We've learned in recent stem cell technology studies that the brain is far more malleable than previously thought, but that hasn't translated into a remedy for the aging brain until now. New stem cell research by Ashok K. Shetty and his team from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine suggests that we'll be able to replace brain cells and restore memory through neural stem cells. The research spanned over three months and 344 rats of varying ages, who had neural stem cells implanted into their hippocampus. The hippocampus in the brain is responsible for creating new memories, and [...]

CAN STEM CELL THERAPY TREAT HEART FAILURE?

By | 2018-09-30T10:33:09+00:00 May 8th, 2016|blog|

Like all technology in today's world, stem cell research and the utilization of stem cells are growing and evolving exponentially. As of now, stem cell therapy is generally used to treat injuries, repairing bones, cartilage, and muscles tissues. Their application to organs has yet to be meticulously explored, until now. In a substantial breakthrough in regenerative medicine, scientists may have discovered a way for stem cells to repair damage to the human heart. If the stem cell treatment proves to be a safe, efficient method to fix the heart, the number of people dying from heart failure can be cut in half. Researchers have always held hope that stem cell therapies would be the future of organ repair, due to their inimitable ability to differentiate into any type of cell in the body. What [...]

WILL PRP THERAPY AND STEM CELL THERAPY BECOME MORE COMMON FOR ATHLETES?

By | 2018-09-30T10:34:06+00:00 April 25th, 2016|blog|

Recovering from cartilage, tendon, or a muscle injury is normally remedied by rest, physiotherapy, and sometimes surgery. For athletes, especially those playing at the elite level, recovery time is a factor. Pro athletes are paid to perform, and missing time with injury equates to a bad return on the team owner's investment. Recuperating from an injury quickly isn't as crucial for amateur athletes or weekend warriors, but no one likes to sit on the sidelines in pain all the same. That's why alternative paths to recovery and rehabilitation are gaining momentum in the athletic world, particularly platelet rich plasma injections (PRP therapy) and stem cell therapy. The practice of PRP therapy and similar regenerative medicine was banned in pro sports by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), in fear of performance-enhancing effects. That ban was [...]