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  • Scientists find key protein for spinal cord repair

    11/03/2016 1:48:09 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies ^ | November 3, 2016 | Provided by: Duke University
    Adult zebrafish are capable of regenerating their spinal cords after a complete severing injury. This close-up of the cells involved reveals supporting glial cells (shown in red) are first to cross the gap between the severed ends. Neuronal cells (green) soon follow. Duke Regeneration Next researchers discovered that a protein in the glia called connective tissue growth factor, or CTGF, is crucial for this process. Credit: Mayssa Mokalled and Kenneth Poss, Duke University ============================================================================================================================ A freshwater zebrafish costs less than two bucks at the pet store, but it can do something priceless: Its spinal cord can heal completely after being...
  • Why I’ve Never Forgotten a Japanese Girl

    10/10/2016 11:59:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/10/16 | Dr. Gifford Jones
    Even expensive MRIs, designed to detect even minute spinal cord changes, are at times unable to diagnose the cause of pain 58 years ago I made an unfortunate decision. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong Japanese girl. But the problem was not what you’re thinking! Rather, I was in Tokyo, travelling with my wife and her parents. My father-in-law and I decided to experience a Japanese massage at the Imperial Hotel. During the event a petite masseuse suddenly struck the side of my head with a hard blow. I swear to High Heaven...
  • 'The Wind on My Legs': Stimulator Helps Paralyzed Men Move Again

    04/08/2014 11:42:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04/08/2014 | Maggie Fox
    ur men paralyzed after bad spinal cord injuries can all move their legs again, thanks to an electrical stimulator. Astonished researchers say they’d hoped for some result, but nothing like what they got. They think the stimulator is retraining the mens’ nerves to work with the brain again, despite the terrible damage. “This is wonderful news. Spinal cord injury need no longer be a lifelong sentence of paralysis,” said Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, one of the National Institutes of Health. “It is just downright marvelous.” Rob Summers, now 28, was the...
  • FDA Approves Lyrica for Nerve Pain in Spinal Cord Injuries

    06/21/2012 1:57:33 PM PDT · by stillafreemind · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 21, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Pfizer Inc.'s drug Lyrica has gotten FDA approval for use in treating nerve pain due to spinal injuries. Lyrica, a pain drug, is Pfizer's second-biggest selling drug. It is expected that this new approval will help Lyrica pass Lipitor, the company's largest-selling drug for reducing cholesterol.
  • Milestone: First Adult Stem Cells Made That Work in the Brain

    01/21/2012 8:00:34 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    Lifenews ^ | 01.18.12 | Barbara Abney
    For the first time ever, stem cells from umbilical cords have been converted into other types of cells, which may eventually lead to new treatment options for spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis, among other nervous system diseases.  “This is the first time this has been done with non-embryonic stem cells,” says James Hickman, a University of Central Florida bioengineer and leader of the research group, whose accomplishment is described in the Jan. 18 issue of the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience.“We’re very excited about where this could lead because it overcomes many of the obstacles present with embryonic stem cells.” ...
  • Spinal Cord Injury Patient Treated With Non-Matched Adult Stem Cells (now up and walking)

    12/10/2010 1:07:06 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Marketwire ^ | December 10, 2010
    SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - December 10, 2010) - Medistem Inc. (PINKSHEETS: MEDS) announced today peer-reviewed publication of its data on what is believed to be the first "combination therapy" adult stem cell protocol for spinal cord injury. The patient treated, who was 29 years old at the time, suffered a spinal cord injury resulting from an airplane crash on May 13th of 2008. He had no walking ability, intermittent pain and loss of sexual function. The patient was injected with a combination universal donor stem cell therapy in November of 2008, and January and July of 2009. A gradual improvement was observed subsequent to each...
  • In breakthrough, nerve connections are regenerated after spinal cord injury

    08/08/2010 10:23:36 AM PDT · by decimon · 48 replies · 1+ views
    University of California - Irvine ^ | August 8, 2010 | Unknown
    Researchers from UCI, UCSD and Harvard deleted a cell growth inhibitor called PTENIrvine, Calif. — Researchers for the first time have induced robust regeneration of nerve connections that control voluntary movement after spinal cord injury, showing the potential for new therapeutic approaches to paralysis and other motor function impairments. In a study on rodents, the UC Irvine, UC San Diego and Harvard University team achieved this breakthrough by turning back the developmental clock in a molecular pathway critical for the growth of corticospinal tract nerve connections. They did this by deleting an enzyme called PTEN (a phosphatase and tensin homolog),...
  • Adult Stem Cells: "I Will Walk Again", The Laura Dominguez Story

    12/15/2009 1:25:48 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 752+ views
    The Laura Dominguez StoryIf there was ever a woman on a mission, it’s Laura Dominguez.  Doctors once told her she’d never walk again.  And while she’s not ready to run a marathon, she’s already proving them wrong, with the best yet to come.   An oil spill on a San Antonio freeway is blamed for the car crash that sent Laura and her brother directly into a retaining wall one summer afternoon in 2001.  Laura was just 16 years old at the time and the crash left her completely paralyzed from the neck down.  Surgeons say she suffered what’s known as...
  • Spinal Cord Regeneration Enabled By Stabilizing, Improving Delivery Of Scar-degrading Enzyme

    11/10/2009 7:15:37 AM PST · by bogusname · 10 replies · 515+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Nov. 5, 2009 | ScienceDaily
    Researchers have developed an improved version of an enzyme that degrades the dense scar tissue that forms when the central nervous system is damaged. By digesting the tissue that blocks re-growth of damaged nerves, the improved enzyme -- and new system for delivering it -- could facilitate recovery from serious central nervous system injuries...
  • Regeneration Can Be Achieved After Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

    10/31/2009 9:34:11 PM PDT · by bogusname · 25 replies · 661+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Oct. 31, 2009 | ScienceDaily
    Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that regeneration of central nervous system axons can be achieved in rats even when treatment delayed is more than a year after the original spinal cord injury...
  • Stem Cells Used To Reverse Paralysis In Animals

    01/31/2009 9:48:45 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 326+ views
    science daily ^ | 01.29.09
    A new study has found that transplantation of stem cells from the lining of the spinal cord, called ependymal stem cells, reverses paralysis associated with spinal cord injuries in laboratory tests. The findings show that the population of these cells after spinal cord injury was greater than comparable cells from healthy animal subjects. The results open a new window on spinal cord regenerative strategies. The transplanted cells were found to proliferate after spinal cord injury and were recruited by the specific injured area. When these cells were transplanted into animals with spinal cord injury, they regenerated ten times faster while...
  • Study: (ADULT) Stem Cells Reverse Paralysis in Rats

    01/29/2009 5:19:43 PM PST · by presidio9 · 24 replies · 658+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 01/29/09
    Transplanted adult stem cells have been found to reverse paralysis associated with spinal cord injuries in lab rats, a new study finds. The study, headed up by Miodrag Stojkovic, deputy director and head of the Cellular Reprogramming Laboratory at Centro de Investigacion Principe Felipe in Spain, involved transplanting so-called progenitor stem cells from the lining of rats' spinal cords into rodents with serious spinal cord injuries. The rats recovered significant motor activity one week after injury, Stojkovic and his co-authors wrote in the Jan. 27 early online edition of the journal Stem Cells. Spinal cord injury, for which no therapy...
  • Transplanted fat cells restore function after spinal cord injury

    12/11/2008 9:46:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 750+ views ^ | December 10, 2008 | NA
    A study published in the current issue of CELL TRANSPLANTATION (Vol.17, No. 8) suggests that mature adipocytes - fat cells - could become a source for cell replacement therapy to treat central nervous system disorders. According to the study's lead researcher, Dr. Yuki Ohta of the Institute of Medical Science, St. Mariana University School of Medicine, Kawasaki, Japan, adipose-derived stem/stromal cells have in the past been shown to differentiate into neuronal cells in an in vitro setting. In their study, for the first time fat cells have been shown to successfully differentiate into neuronal cells in in vivo tests. The...
  • To Russia, with hope of a miracle cure (adult stem cells for spinal cord injuries)

    11/19/2008 9:02:18 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies · 382+ views
    chicago ^ | 10.27.08 | Alex Rodriguez
    Every three months, David Martin, a quadriplegic, returns to a small clinic here in the Russian capital for therapy he cannot legally get back home in Kalamazoo, Mich.: injections of stem cells taken from his own body, at a cost of $12,000 per visit. Martin's American doctors have tried to dissuade him from believing that any improvement in his condition could be the byproduct of stem cell treatments, a therapy not yet approved in the U.S. No scientific evidence has ever shown that such treatments can repair human spinal cord injuries, experts say. Yet Martin notices glints of progress—a twinge...
  • 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...
  • Spine Surgeons at Pine Creek Medical Center Take the Lead in Utilizing Stem Cell Technologies

    06/30/2008 9:59:19 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 102+ views
    street insider ^ | 06.10.08
    Spine surgeons at Pine Creek Medical Center in Dallas have established themselves as the leaders of a cutting-edge surgical procedure that utilizes a patient's own adult stem cells to regenerate tissue.   Doctors Douglas Won, Michael Rimlawi, and Francisco J. Battle, all spine surgeons, have extensive experience in harvesting adult stem cells during routine spinal procedures and delivering those cells back to their patients to aid in the treatment of severe back pain.  According to the World Research Group, disorders of the spine are one of the largest public health problems in the U.S. and as the population ages, incidents of...
  • Bend man travels to Mexico for stem cell cure

    06/29/2008 3:26:41 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 106+ views
    KTVZ.COM ^ | 06.17.08 | Victoria Adelus
    For more than thirty years, Steve Foster has been living his life partially paralyzed, but he hopes a recent trip to Mexico is going to change that. "I want this...bad," said Foster, an adult stem cell patient. Foster traveled south to undergo the adult stem cell transplant procedure, in an effort to gain back what he once had. "I'm tired of this life, and the way it is now," he said. Julie Hood, a human biology assistant professor at Central Oregon Community College, says although the treatment isn't performed in the U.S., it has been performed successfully in other countries....
  • China Offers Unproven Medical Treatments

    01/05/2008 12:12:07 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 5 replies · 115+ views
    The Associated Press / Google News ^ | January 5, 2007 | By Christopher Bodeen and Alan Scher Zagier
    (BEIJING) — They're paralyzed from diving accidents and car crashes, disabled by Parkinson's, or blind. With few options available at home in America, they search the Internet for experimental treatments — and often land on Web sites promoting stem cell treatments in China. They mortgage their houses and their hometowns hold fundraisers as they scrape together the tens of thousands of dollars needed for travel and the hope for a miracle cure. A number of these medical tourists claim some success when they return home: Jim Savage, a Houston man with paralysis from a spinal cord injury, says he can...
  • 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...
  • BREAKING - Australia Supreme Court just ordered removal of life support against family pleas

    12/19/2007 5:00:27 AM PST · by paulsy · 162 replies · 948+ views
    Australian news ^ | 12/19/07 | paularish1
    "Paulo Melo, 29, has been in a coma at the Royal Darwin Hospital for two weeks, after severing his spinal cord in a car crash." - read more below: doctor requested, family objected, court granted
  • First Steps Towards Spinal Cord Reconstruction Following Injury Using Stem Cells

    11/27/2007 8:10:32 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 77+ views
    science daily ^ | Nov. 13, 2007
    A new study has identified what may be a pivotal first step towards the regeneration of nerve cells following spinal cord injury, using the body's own stem cells. This seminal study, published in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, identifies key elements in the body's reaction to spinal injury, critical information that could lead to novel therapies for repairing previously irreversible nerve damage in the injured spinal cord. Very little is known about why, unlike a wound to the skin for example, the adult nervous system is unable to repair itself following spinal injury. This is in...
  • Paralyzed woman walks again after stem cell therapy

    11/29/2004 6:00:17 AM PST · by RepCath · 26 replies · 1,481+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11-27-2004 | AFP
    SEOUL (AFP) - A South Korean woman paralyzed for 20 years is walking again after scientists say they repaired her damaged spine using stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood. Hwang Mi-Soon, 37, had been bedridden since damaging her back in an accident two decades ago. Last week her eyes glistened with tears as she walked again with the help of a walking frame at a press conference where South Korea (news - web sites) researchers went public for the first time with the results of their stem-cell therapy.
  • Adult Stem cell therapy from Fat for patients with spinal injuries

    07/07/2007 6:01:52 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies · 669+ views
    Indian Express Newspapers ^ | 07.08.07 | Saurav Kumar
    Ahmedabad, July 07: Ritaben Goyal, 33, can now walk for an hour everyday with the support of crutches. After being completely bed-ridden for more than a year, this is a significant improvement in her case. Thanks to the advances made in stem cell therapy, Ritaben and many others like her who had suffered serious spinal injuries now have hope. Ritaben was injected with stem cells at the Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC)- Institute of Transplantation Sciences (ITS). Dr. H. L. Trivedi, the director of the institute, says: “We were working on stem cells in relation with organ...
  • Celling the Elixir of life

    05/10/2007 6:30:23 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 279+ views
    Business Standard ^ | 05.06.07 | Radhieka Pandeya
    Stem Cell therapy is being touted as the answer to many chronic ailments. But even as research is being done, many are already benefitting from it. In the small town of Nagasamudra, just a few miles away from Jog Falls in Karnataka, S B Ramesh, all of 28 years, had built a home with his wife, son and a cable operating business, and dreamt of a fast-paced expansion of his business. Instead, what followed was a nightmare that left him bedridden, numb and disheartened. Today, as he tells me his story over the phone, he expresses the joy he feels...
  • Scientists plan China, HK, Taiwan stem cell trial

    03/08/2007 6:38:52 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 409+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 03.08.07 | Tan Ee Lyn
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Scientists are preparing for a large clinical trial in 2008 which aims to use stem cells to help 400 patients with spinal cord injuries in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan grow new cells and nerve fibers. Stem cells from umbilical cord blood will be injected into the spinal cords of the participants, who will also be given lithium to help stimulate cell regeneration, said Wise Young, a leading neuroscientist and spinal cord injury researcher. "What we'd like to do is study a broad range of patients, not just (those with) complete (spinal cord injuries)," said...
  • Man walks, courtesy stem cell therapy

    03/04/2007 5:19:08 PM PST · by Coleus · 54 replies · 1,432+ views
    Tribune News Service ^ | 02.25.07 | Arup Chanda
    A 23-year-old man, who was paralysed from below the waist, is now able to walk after the first successful stem cell therapy in India for spinal cord injuries was conducted at a hospital here. According to Dr J.S. Rajkumar, chairman, Lifeline Hospitals, the young man, Akbar Ali, suffered serious injuries in his spinal cord when he fell from the fourth floor of a building last October. He was then working at a construction site in Abu Dhabi. Though he underwent a surgery to stabilise his spinal cord, it was not successful. After he returned to India a month later, he...
  • Adult Stem Cells Found in Hair Follicles

    12/17/2006 10:03:09 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 502+ views
    Forbes ^ | 12.15.06
    Adult stem cells found in the bulge of hair follicles may provide an alternative to embryonic stem cells, say researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.   Like embryonic stem cells, these epidermal neural crest stem cells have a high degree of plasticity, can be isolated at high levels of purity, and can be expanded in culture, the researchers said.And, similar to other types of adult stem cells, the epidermal neural crest stem cells can be harvested through a minimally invasive procedure. This means that it may be possible to use a patient's own hair as source for stem...
  • Real-World Successes of Adult Stem Cell Treatments

    12/02/2006 7:28:38 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 682+ views
    FRC ^ | Mr. Bradley R. Hughes Jr.
    With increasing frequency, American citizens and others from around the globe are experiencing newfound freedom from disease, affliction, and infirmity. Individuals' lives are forever changed with the strengthened faith and renewed hope that arise from healed bodies and physical restoration. These seemingly miraculous cures are the result of adult stem cell treatments. Yet the debates in the popular media tend to ignore and obscure the medical breakthroughs made by adult stem cell research--success that has conspicuously eluded embryonic stem cell treatments.[1]  Adult stem cells (or, more accurately, tissue stem cells) are regenerative cells of the human body that possess the...
  • Paralyzed farmer puts his faith in stem cell transplant

    10/29/2006 8:36:51 PM PST · by joshhiggins · 5 replies · 725+ views
    Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier ^ | October 29, 2006 | Dennis Magee
    (Following is excerpted from near the end of a lengthy human interest story, I apologize for all the editing to capture the key points) ...Dr. Lima's procedure, called olfactory mucosa transplantation, differs dramatically from what generates the most heat in the debate, embryonic stem cell research. Lima's process uses adult stem cells taken from the patients themselves.(snip) ...I had a senator up there screaming at me," she says(snip)...."I was foolish enough to stand in front of the senators and say using a person's own stem cells is safer," she says. Peduzzi-Nelson testified "the most profitable, not the best, treatment for...
  • In Young Rats, Researchers Find a Reaction to Spinal Cord Injury That Speeds Recovery

    11/08/2006 9:47:29 PM PST · by Coleus · 1 replies · 200+ views
    In Young Rats, Researchers Find a Reaction to Spinal Cord Injury That Speeds Recovery Finding surprises researchers, who discovered that young rats mend more quickly because cells near the injury site respond differently than in adults Washington, DC -- Neuroscientists had long believed that the only way to repair a spinal cord injury was to grow new neural connections, but researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have found that, especially in young rats, powerful cells near the injury site also work overtime to restrict nerve damage and restore movement and sensation.   The same process does not work as efficiently...
  • Celling a Strategy, Opposition to embryo-destroying research is not a losing issue

    11/27/2006 9:38:45 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 501+ views
    “How can you side with those people?” In 2002, a paralyzed research advocate who actively supports embryonic-stem-cell and human-cloning research asked me this question. By “those” people she meant Christians, conservatives, and pro-life groups.  “It’s simple,” I said. “Why is it in our interest to sit in these wheelchairs for the rest of our lives so science can puzzle over safety problems linked to embryonic stem cells and human cloning, while ignoring the cells that nature designed for the treatments we need?” In the discussion that followed I explained why embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are inferior to adult stem...
  • Different Adult Stem Cell Treatments Produce Results For 2 Spinal Cord Injury Patients In China

    09/02/2006 4:21:21 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 781+ views
    Shenzhen Beike Biotechnology Co., Ltd. announced the successful treatment of two similar spinal cord injury patients using two different procedures that involved umbilical cord stem cells. One method involved surgical transplantation of stem cells directly into the spinal cord, while the other patient received the stem cells without surgery. The announcement was made following a two month rehabilitation and evaluation period by physicians in the patients' native countries of the U.S.A. and Romania. Details can be found on the news website, Treatments with umbilical cord blood stem cells have been performed for years for patients with leukemia and other...
  • Adult Stem Cells: It's Not Pie-in-the-Sky

    03/13/2005 4:26:27 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 23 replies · 1,820+ views
    Focus on the Family ^ | February 3, 2005 | Carrie Gordon Earll
    Embryonic stem cells have not cured or successfully treated a single patient. Contrast that with the more than 70 conditions that are treatable using non-embryonic stem cell therapies. One of the hottest debates in bioethics today surrounds research using stem cells taken from either in vitro fertilization or cloned human embryos. From state legislatures and the halls of Congress to the United Nation, the controversy over whether to ban (or fund) such research rages. Human cloning for embryonic stem cell research creates human embryos virtually identical to a patient’s genetic composition. The embryo’s stem cells are then harvested — a...
  • `Spectacular' Alzheimer's Breakthrough Possible (also spinal cord injuries)

    10/02/2004 12:27:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies · 1,580+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | October 2, 2004 | GARY HABER
    TAMPA - A team of Finnish researchers working with Tampa's Johnnie B. Byrd Sr. Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute has developed a drug that could be a major advancement for people with spinal cord injuries and degenerative diseases including Alzheimer's. The researchers, led by Paivi Liesi, at the University of Helsinki, isolated a combination of amino acids known as tripeptide lysine-aspartic acid isoleucine. When tested in rats, the combination prevented neurotoxins from destroying neurons in the rats' brains. The therapy could slow or even reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease, the researchers said. It could be a boon for the...
  • Aborted Baby Stem Cells in Mouse Experiments a Medical and Ethical Disaster

    09/22/2005 1:47:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 1,434+ views
    LifeSite ^ | September 22, 2005
    PALO ALTO, September 22, 2005 ( - The use of human foetal brain tissue in spinal cord experiments with mice has shown some success, but is likely to alarm medical ethicists as well as raise objections from pro-life advocates. Researchers at University of California at Irvine injected stem cells derived from the brains of human foetuses into mice with severe spinal cord injuries. The mice regained some mobility and the research team is cautiously hopeful that this experiment will lead to progress with spinal cord injuries in humans. The stem cells were derived from babies aborted at about 16 to...
  • Paraplegic breakthrough using adult stem cells

    09/28/2005 8:30:45 PM PDT · by pending · 30 replies · 2,466+ views ^ | September 28, 2005
    Paraplegic breakthrough using adult stem cells Apparent major breakthrough with patient paralyzed 19 years Posted: September 28, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 In an apparent major breakthrough, scientists in Korea report using umbilical cord blood stem cells to restore feeling and mobility to a spinal-cord injury patient. The research, published in the peer-reviewed journal Cythotherapy, centered on a woman who had been a paraplegic 19 years due to an accident. After an infusion of umbilical cord blood stem cells, stunning results were recorded: "The patient could move her hips and feel her hip skin on day 15 after...
  • Adult Stem Cells Provide New Life for Livers

    11/19/2005 2:11:42 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies · 1,086+ views
    Adult Stem Cells Provide New Life for Livers By Michael Fumento Scripps Howard News Service, October 20, 2005 Copyright 2005 Scripps Howard News Service I have frequently written on the gulf between the "PROMISE" of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and the REALITY of therapy from adult stem cells (ASCs) – those already in our bodies and umbilical cord blood. ESCs get publicity; ASCs get results. The latest example: ASCs are now rebuilding human livers.  This is a healthy liver . . .   Until now, the only hope for persons with irreversible liver failure from such diseases as cirrhosis, which...
  • Paralyzed man given hope by experimental surgery (Stem cells from his own sinuses to be used)

    12/03/2005 12:58:28 PM PST · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 1,380+ views ^ | 12/2/05 | DANIELA VELáZQUEZ
    A jump into a swimming pool in 2003 changed Travis Robinson's life forever. Somewhere between a belly flop and a tuck, Robinson, then 17, hit the pool in such a way that he injured his spinal cord. He now is paralyzed from the neck down. But in January, he hopes another moment will change his life: surgery. Robinson will fly to Portugal to get a breakthrough surgery at the Hospital Egas Moniz. In the procedure, the scar tissue that surrounds his spinal cord will be removed. Doctors will take tissue that contains stem cells from his sinuses and implant it...
  • Vaccine could stop MS in its tracks

    03/10/2006 5:42:57 PM PST · by Coleus · 27 replies · 983+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 03.09.06 | Andy Coghlan
    THE immune cells that attack the brains and nerves of people with multiple sclerosis could be turned into a weapon against the disease.This month sees the beginning of a trial of a personalised vaccine for MS, designed to rein in and destroy the renegade white blood cells that attack myelin cells lining the brain and nerves of patients.To make the vaccine, PharmaFrontiers of Woodlands, Texas, takes blood from an MS patient and extracts a sample of these renegade cells. The cells are then multiplied and weakened with radiation before being re-injected into the patient, whose immune system will then recognise...
  • Adult stem cells help paralysed 18 year old to walk

    04/23/2006 9:22:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,406+ views
    Corethics ^ | Apr 22, 2006 | NA
      Home | News     Adult stem cells help paralysed 18 year old to walk A paralysed 18 year old, Jacki Rabon, who was injured in a car accident in August 2003, is now able to walk with braces six months after being treated with her own nasal adult stem cells. The operation took place at Hospital Egaz Moniz in Lisbon in October 2005 and involved taking olfactory tissue from the upper nasal cavity and transplanting the cells into the patient. The Portuguese neurologist and adult stem cell pioneer, Dr Carlos Lima, who treated her and whose surgery...
  • Pioneer in Spinal Cord Injury Recovery to visit RIM

    04/23/2006 7:08:13 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies · 659+ views
    RIM Rehab ^ | 11.23.05 | Cheryl Angelelli
    Erica Nader, who was paralyzed in a 2001 auto accident, is taking her first steps all over again. Jason Feasel, whose spinal cord was crushed in a motorcycle accident, is able to walk 300 feet using a specialized walker. Cortney Hoffman, a quadriplegic, the result of a 2002 rollover accident, is able to stand-up in the parallel bars. What do all three spinal cord injury patients have in common? They all underwent an experimental stem cell surgery in Portugal performed by Dr. Carlos Lima. Dr. Lima, a neuropathologist at Hospital de Egas Moniz in Portugal, will visit the Detroit Medical...
  • Techniques Push Stem Cells to Repair Damaged Nerves

    04/12/2006 5:02:28 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 744+ views
    Forbes ^ | 04.07.06
    Two new studies suggest that use of cells derived from bone marrow, as well as a seaweed-derived product called hydrogel, may prompt stem cells to repair nerve damage caused by stroke or spinal cord injury. Both studies were expected to be presented Friday at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting, in San Diego. In one study, researchers at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, examined bone marrow-derived multi-potent progenitor cells, which have the ability to develop into different kinds of cells, including nervous system cells. Both human and rat bone marrow cells were transplanted into rats with induced strokes....
  • Ethical Stem Cell Surgery gave Paraplegic, Erica Nader, ability to walk briefly 3 yrs. later

    01/16/2005 7:13:10 PM PST · by Coleus · 29 replies · 2,771+ views
    A world of patients with spinal cord injuries is watching Erica Nader.     HOW YOU CAN HELP The Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, in Detroit, has established a scholarship fund to pay for rehabilitation therapy for people with spinal cord injuries. This year, it will fund two, one-year scholarships from $60,000 raised through a benefit hosted last year by Erica Nader, the first American to undergo stem cell surgery in Portugal for a spinal cord injury. Contributions can be sent to: Scholarship Fund, Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Development Office, 261 Mack Ave., Detroit 48201....
  • Adult stem cell surgery may have teen walking again soon

    04/12/2006 4:00:39 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 447+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | 04.10.06 | Erin Roach
    Jacki Rabon, 18, is walking with braces on a parallel bar six months after undergoing adult stem cell surgery to repair a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed. Her story is a testament to the healing potential of adult stem cell research. Photo by Becki Rabon WAVERLY, Ill. (BP)--Jacki Rabon was riding with some friends in the back of an SUV in August 2003 when she was thrown out of the vehicle as it veered off the road. She skidded a few feet and landed near a ditch, and her life was suddenly changed. “Right away, I knew...
  • Stem cells from brains help rats walk, study says

    04/02/2006 9:32:33 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 256+ views
    ZeeNews ^ | 03.30.06
    Washington, Mar 30: Stem cells harvested from the brains of mice can restore some walking ability in laboratory rats with spinal-cord damage, Canadian scientists reported on Tuesday. The findings are the latest success in rodent experiments to improve movement using a type of stem cell, an immature cell that can turn into different cells and tissues. Researchers hope to eventually test stem-cell therapies in people who are paralyzed and help them walk again. In the new study, scientists took cells known as neural precursor cells, a type of stem cell that has started turning into a central nervous system cell,...
  • Growing Nerve Cells

    03/16/2006 1:51:52 PM PST · by Coleus · 35 replies · 722+ views
    Video (movie will open in a separate window)Choose your format: Quicktime Realmedia Plan on wearing green this St. Patrick's Day? Bet you can't top a mouse with green skin. As this ScienCentral News video explains, this mouse is green for a very serious reason. It's invaluable to researchers learning how to grow nerve cells. Knitting New NeuronsEven for scientists, it's not every day you see a hairless mouse glowing bright green under a fluorescent light. And for scientists searching for stem cells that could grow into nerve or brain cells, seeing such a mouse meant finding a possible whole...
  • Spinal Cord Patient Speaks out: Embryonic stem cell helps patents not patients

    01/05/2006 7:01:15 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies · 549+ views
    Spinal Cord Patient Speaks out: Embryonic stem cell helps patents not patients Embryonic stem cells help patents, not patientsJEAN SWENSON A battle is raging between embryonic and adult stem cell research. What are stem cells and why should we care?Stem cells, found in humans throughout their lifespan (including embryos), can divide and change into specialized cells. Researchers hope to use stem cells for human treatments, and we must decide which research deserves our financial support.Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) used for research are extracted from 5- to 6-day-old embryos and then multiplied. Under normal conditions, ESCs would eventually develop into...
  • Controversial Corzine Ad Uses Paralyzed Wrestler

    10/25/2005 12:00:26 PM PDT · by frogjerk · 27 replies · 972+ views
    Forrester Camp Calls It "Despicable" (AP) NEWARK A paralyzed wrestler on Tuesday endorsed Jon S. Corzine in the latest gubernatorial ad, touting the Democratic U.S. senator's support of embryonic stem cell research. The director of Doug Forrester's campaign responded that the Republican differs from Corzine only on the topic of who should pay for the research. The 30-second television ad features a personal testimonial from Carl Riccio, a 19-year-old from Warren who lost the use of most of his limbs nearly three years ago during a match. "Doug Forrester doesn't support embryonic stem cell research, therefore, I don't think he...
  • Canadian tries Russian stem cell treatment

    10/18/2005 6:35:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies · 733+ views
    CTV ^ | 10.16.05 | Ellen Pinchuk
    Would you try an untested medical treatment on the off-chance it could let you walk again? Canadian Hanna Czarnecki has traveled all the way to Russia for stem cell injections at a private clinic specializing in spinal cord injuries. Czarnecki is hopeful pioneering technologies that are less strongly regulated than in Western countries can bring her results she wouldn't be able to achieve here in Canada. Despite concerns from the medical community about such procedures, she says the choice is hers to make. Two years ago, near Woodstock, Ont., Czarnecki was paralyzed from the waist down. Now, she is hoping...
  • Adult Stem Cell Research Treats Spinal Cord Injury Patient

    09/28/2005 7:51:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 785+ views
    Life News ^ | 09.26.05 | Wesley Smith, Esq.
    Adult Stem Cell Research Treats Spinal Cord Injury Patient Note: Award winning author Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. An attorney, Smith's new book Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World was published last year. I have known about this for some time, but because I didn't want to be guilty of the same hyping that is so often engaged in by some therapeutic cloning proponents, I waited until it was published in a peer reviewed journal.Now it has been and the...