RESEARCH WATCH: Adult Stem Cells Promising in Lupus

By Cell Therapy Foundation on Apr 16, 2014
Mesenchymal [adult] stem cell transplantation is showing promise as a treatment for refractory systemic lupus erythematosus, researchers have recently reported.
 
In a multicenter study conducted in China that included 40 patients who had persistent disease despite aggressive treatment, 60% of those given donated umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells had a major or partial clinical response during a year of follow-up. 
 

RESEARCH WATCH: Adult Stem Cells and Stroke

By Cell Therapy Foundation on Apr 16, 2014
Preliminary, unpublished results from Stanford of an adult stem cell-based human clinical trial for treating stroke have yielded some promising data. The trial is the first of its kind in North America, according to an American Association of Neurological Surgeons press release.  
 
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked either by a clot or a ruptured blood vessel. This attack disrupts the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the brain and leads to cell death. Depending on the area of the stroke, survivors may lose their ability to speak, swallow, move their body, or recall memories. It is a leading cause of death, killing 130,000 people each year in the U.S., according to the National Stroke Association. There are about 7 million stroke survivors in the US over the age of 20. 

Know your TERMINOLOGY!

By Cell Therapy Foundation on Apr 16, 2014
In the rapdily changing - and always exciting! - fields of cell therapy research and regenerative medicine, sometimes a person's head can start to spin with attempting to remember terms, labels and definitions.  

CTF is here to help... we'll periodically share some "know your terminology" posts!  Below, find a couple helpful terms and their meanings.  

RESEARCH WATCH: Bone from Adult Stem Cells

By Cell Therapy Foundation on Apr 16, 2014
Researchers in Israel who have developed a method for producing bone grafts from adult stem cells, have begun a clinical trial of jawbone grafts. The trial’s interim results are due in four months.
 
The new technique produces stem cells from fatty tissue and uses a proprietary technology to encourage them to differentiate into bone cells for grafting. To date, the product has only been tested in animals.

Skin Stem Cells Speed Up Alzheimer's Research

By Cell Therapy Foundation on Apr 16, 2014
A new way of studying Alzheimer’s disease in the laboratory has been developed by scientists at Cambridge and will help researchers understand more clearly how the disease progresses in real life. The new technique, was published in Science Translational Medicine.

Researchers took stem cells created from skin cells donated by volunteers and used them to generate populations of nerve cells that behave just like the cells in a human brain. This model could be used both to follow how Alzheimer's disease starts and progresses in people and to test and develop potential new treatments for the disease. 
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