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  • New leukemia treament exceeds 'wildest expectations'

    08/10/2011 1:39:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/10/11 | Robert Bazell
    Doctors have treated only three leukemia patients, but the sensational results from a single shot could be one of the most significant advances in cancer research in decades. And it almost never happened. In the research published Wednesday, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania say the treatment made the most common type of leukemia completely disappear in two of the patients and reduced it by 70 percent in the third. In each of the patients as much as five pounds of cancerous tissue completely melted away in a few weeks, and a year later it is still gone
  • Football Player Donates Stem Cells, Saves Life

    12/20/2010 8:53:23 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 1+ views
    cbs ^ | 12.17.10 | Wyatt Andrews
    A good athlete is often called on to save a game. This is the story of a star football player who was asked to save a life of someone he didn't even know. CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews has the latest example of "The American Spirit." There were four finalists last night for the Gagliardi Trophy, basically the Heisman for Division III college football. But for finalist Matt Hoffman learning if he'd win wasn't the suspense of the night.  Meeting cancer patient Warren Sallach was.  Last year Matt donated his bone stem cells - in an anonymous donation that went...
  • A Lifesaver Out of Reach, for Want of a Profit

    10/20/2009 7:42:57 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies · 588+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 16, 2009 | Jim Dwyer
    Scrambling to get 60 seconds out of every minute, Katie Meacham finally got the boyfriend to take her for a carriage ride in Central Park. He hated it, she reports. “He said, ‘You know this is a pity ride, don’t you?’ ” she said, laughing. Even though she is just 26, her days and time are at a premium. Ms. Meacham lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, but she is also a citizen of another country: cancer land. She has a kind of aggressive lymphoma, a disease that ruins the blood.
  • Mixed-race patients struggle to find marrow donors

    05/29/2009 5:35:18 PM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 9 replies · 1,349+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 27 | JULIANA BARBASSA
    "HAYWARD, Calif. – If Nick Glasgow were white, he would have a nearly 90 percent chance of finding a matching bone marrow donor who could cure his leukemia. But because the 28-year-old bodybuilder is one-quarter Japanese, his doctor warned him the outlook was grim. Glasgow's background would make it almost impossible to find a match, which usually comes from a patient's own ethnic group. The doctor "didn't say it was slim-to-none. He didn't say it would be hard. He said 'zero chance,'" Glasgow's mother, Carole Wiegand, recalled with tears in her eyes. "When Nick heard that, it sent him plummeting."...
  • New cancer-killing method found in stem cells, cells showing potential in cancer fight

    05/19/2009 9:36:36 PM PDT · by Coleus · 17 replies · 1,261+ views
    msnbc ^ | 05.19.09
    Genetically engineered stem cells from bone marrow showed promise as a potential new way to deliver a cancer-killing protein to tumors, British researchers said on Tuesday. Experiments in cell cultures and in mice showed the adult stem cells — a type known as mesenchymal stem cells — could home in on cancer cells and deliver a lethal protein that attacked only the cancer while sparing normal healthy tissue. “We’ve developed cells which specifically target cancer through the body and deliver an anti-cancer protein to where it is needed in a seek-and-destroy approach,” said Dr. Michael Loebinger of University College London,...
  • Stem cells help save man's leg from amputation

    02/07/2009 5:40:35 PM PST · by Coleus · 13 replies · 446+ views
    timesofindia ^ | 02.06.09
    CHENNAI: Adult stem cells extracted from the patient’s bone marrow have been found to cure several ailments, but a therapy for regeneration of blood vessles hold out bigger hopes. The department of vascular surgery at the Sri Ramachandra Medical College Hospital and Research Institute in December 2007 has used adult stem cells to trigger growth of new blood vessels in the limbs of at least 30 patients who suffer from critical limb ischemia — a condition of blood vessels in the limb getting blocked, often resulting in amputation. When SRMC doctors told a 64-year-old diabetic patient in December, 2007 that...
  • Adult Stem Cells Successfully Reset Immune System for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

    01/31/2009 3:30:36 AM PST · by GonzoII · 22 replies · 1,214+ views
    LifeNews ^ | January 29, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Adult Stem Cells Successfully Reset Immune System for Multiple Sclerosis Patients by Steven Editor January 29, 2009 Chiacgo, IL ( -- Adult stem cells continue to outpace their embryonic counterparts by successfully treating patients with a variety of diseases and conditions. Now, the use of adult stem cells from bone marrow has helped patients suffering from the early stages of multiple sclerosis.A new study shows a research team appears to have reversed the neurological dysfunction of early-stage multiple sclerosis patients by transplanting their own immune stem cells into their bodies and thereby "resetting" their immune systems.Dr. Robert Burt,...
  • Adult Stem Cells Help Repair Man's Back

    06/30/2008 10:04:48 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 121+ views
    Citizen Link ^ | 06.09.08
    A spinal surgeon in Aurora, Colo., recently performed what's being called the first disc surgery in the United States using adult stem cells to help repair a man's injured lower back. "Stem cells have shown great promise over the past three years for treating back pain," Dr. Jeffrey Kleiner said. "In combination with the diskectomy, we hope to offer patients long-term relief from their back pain and to decrease their risk of needing additional surgeries." Adult stem cells have been injected into patients' backs and joints to promote tissue growth, but this is the first time stem cells have been...
  • Adult Stem Cells to treat ALS

    06/29/2008 7:40:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies · 1,595+ views
    exacom ^ | 05.27.08
    Adult Stem Cells to treat ALS: UBC Study Vancouver researchers pioneer safe pathway to slow ALS using stem cells A unique pilot study has established a safe pathway for using bone-marrow stem cells to slow down and potentially treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a fatal neurodegenerative disease without cure. The study, published in the journal, Muscle & Nerve and led by Dr. Neil Cashman, professor of neurology at The University of British Columbia and director of the ALS program at Vancouver Coastal Health and VCH Research Institute, tested the use of a growth factor stimulant in ALS patients and found...
  • Researchers to test "Adult" stem cells to treat Crohn's

    06/18/2008 10:03:23 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 186+ views
    newsday ^ | 06.17.08 | DELTHIA RICKS
    Stem cells may force Crohn's disease into retreat, say Long Island medical investigators who are embarking on a pioneering analysis that targets patients who've failed other therapies. Cases of Crohn's disease have skyrocketed since World War II, jumping tenfold in the United States and raising questions about the disease's genetics and demography. It is one of two disorders -- the other is ulcerative colitis -- that are known as inflammatory bowel diseases. Before the 20th century there was no recorded evidence of either. Dr. Robert Richards, director of clinical research in the gastroenterology division at Stony Brook University Medical Center,...
  • Innovative Research Advances Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Transplantation

    12/10/2007 10:05:15 PM PST · by Coleus · 43+ views ^ | Mon, 10 Dec 2007 | American Society of Hematology
    ATLANTA, Dec. 10  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New data being presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in Atlanta, GA, suggest innovative strategies to improve the success of stem cell and bone marrow transplantation. These studies demonstrate improved outcomes using a new treatment regimen for children with a specific form of leukemia; new ways to increase the number of specialized stem cells harvested from the bone marrow prior to transplantation; efforts to effectively expand stem cell transplantation among patients older than 55; and preclinical research that re-examines the way physicians prepare a patient's immune system to accept...
  • Sacramento man with a spinal injury looks to stem cells harvested from bone marrow to finally end

    12/09/2007 7:41:49 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies · 63+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | December 8, 2007 | Dorsey Griffith
    Sacramento man with a spinal injury looks to stem cells harvested from bone marrow to finally end his crippling pain   Dr. Pasquale Montesano, operating Thursday at Sutter Memorial Hospital, shapes a piece of bone that he will fill with adult stem cells harvested from donor cadavers, then place into the spine of Perry Anderson. The hope is that the surgery will help Anderson finally heal from earlier spinal surgery. Bryan Patrick / See additional images They are not from human embryos, but the stem cells being packed into Perry Anderson's spine may help him heal from a surgery...
  • Transplants Without Tears

    11/27/2007 11:19:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 238+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 26 November 2007 | Mitch Leslie
    Heading home. A glowing stem cell transplant searches out a place to settle down.Credit: Deepta Bhattacharya, Agnieszka Czechowicz, and Irving Weissman A new treatment might allow patients to avoid some of the grueling side effects of bone marrow transplants. Researchers reported in the 23 November issue of Science that they can use a specific type of antibody to clear away old marrow stem cells in mice, allowing fresh ones to take their place. The discovery could allow patients to receive bone marrow without undergoing chemotherapy and other toxic procedures. Bone marrow transplants can ameliorate diseases such as sickle cell anemia...
  • Researchers say stem cells can help treat heart failure

    11/27/2007 9:49:42 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies · 67+ views
    Worcester Telegram ^ | November 8, 2007 | Rob Waters
    Advanced Cell Technology Inc.’s Mytogen unit said stem cells taken from the thigh muscles of heart failure patients and injected into their damaged organs improved symptoms and cardiac pumping ability a year later. Twenty-three patients who had heart attacks got either their own stem cells or standard state-of-the-art therapy. After one year, the patients injected with cells were able to walk and exert themselves mildly without shortness of breath. Their swollen hearts had shrunk, the study found. The trial by Los Angeles-based Advanced Cell is one of three reported yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in...
  • The Good News Just Keeps On Coming: Adult Stem Cells Treat MS and Arthritis in Mice

    11/26/2007 8:14:24 PM PST · by Coleus · 131+ views
    Wesley J. Smith ^ | November 22, 2007 | Wesley J. Smith
    As we celebrate the creation and potential of induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, adult stem cell research continues to bear fruit in animal and human studies. The latest is a truly exciting find out of Stanford University: Blood stem cells taken from a donor with a healthy immune system effectively treated multiple sclerosis and arthritis in mice. From the story in the Telegraph: Thousands of patients with arthritis and multiple sclerosis are given new hope today by scientists who have developed a way to alter the immune system.Both conditions are caused when the immune system becomes faulty and attacks the body....
  • Hope for safer bone marrow transplants

    11/26/2007 7:54:23 PM PST · by Coleus · 108+ views
    Guardian News ^ | November 23 2007 | Ian Sample
    Patients with common immune disorders such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis could one day be treated with bone marrow transplants, scientists claimed yesterday. Hopes for the new treatment follow the development of a more efficient transplant technique which avoids the need for radio- or chemotherapy, both of which have potentially dangerous side-effects. Traditional bone marrow transplants are used to treat only life-threatening conditions, such as leukaemia or lymphoma. The treatment infuses healthy adult stem cells into the patient, which then form fresh blood and immune cells. But before the transplant can be done, patients must receive a course of...
  • Researchers make stem cell breakthrough

    11/06/2007 9:40:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 65+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | November 4, 2007 | NA
    Canadian Press TORONTO — Scientists at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children say they've taken a step forward in stem-cell transplant research. They've discovered a gene with properties that allow for successful transfer of stem cells from human bone marrow into mice. They also identified the type of cell that expresses the gene (called SIRPalpha) and is responsible for either destroying or supporting growth of human blood stem cells. The researchers hope further studies will lead to the development of a therapy so more children with blood diseases can receive bone marrow transplantation. It may also help provide a genetic test...
  • Michigan Bishops Launch Massive Statewide Stem Cell Education Program - Video Online

    10/06/2007 10:42:51 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 202+ views ^ | October 3, 2007
    Michigan Bishops Launch Massive Statewide Stem Cell Education Program - Video Online 12 minute DVD and other material being sent to over 500,000 Catholic homes and nearly 800 parishes LANSING, October 3, 2007 ( - In an effort to communicate the Catholic Church's teaching on human life as it relates to adult and embryonic stem cell research, the Michigan Catholic Conference on Monday announced the state's seven diocesan bishops have launched a monumental internal education program that includes over 500,000 Catholic homes and nearly 800 parishes. As part of the internal education program, which has the theme "The Science of...
  • New liver without transplant, from bone marrow stem cells

    10/01/2007 10:06:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 94+ views
    There's finally some hope for patients across the globe needing an urgent liver transplant but are unable to find a compatible donor organ. Scientists have, for the first time, found that stem cells, taken from the patients' bone marrow and injected into the diseased liver, can keep them alive until donor organs become available. Miraculously, the cells can also support liver function, until the organ is able to regenerate itself, eliminating the need for a transplant at all. The demand for liver donors is very high and many patients die waiting for one or are taken off because their condition...
  • Stem Cells Offer Hope For The Future Of Plastic Surgery

    08/04/2007 8:36:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 164+ views
    Spoke Media ^ | OJ Fagbire
    Songtao Shi along with other researchers at the University of Southern California have been conducting experiments utilizing stem cells to grow bone and skin. Shi's newest results could literally change the way cosmetic surgery is performed throughout the world. Shi conducts research in the USC's Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology. Working together with scientists at dental schools in China and Korea, Shi has discovered that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the ability to grow bone and tissue as demonstrated in swine and mouse subjects. Although the studies are still in their early stages, the research published in the Stem Cells'...