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  • Doctors question Perry's stem cell back treatment

    08/19/2011 3:44:19 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 40 replies
    AP via MSNBC ^ | updated 8/19/2011 12:16:11 PM ET | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    He calls it innovative. Others call it a big risk. In any case, the stem cell procedure that Texas Gov. Rick Perry had last month was an unusual experiment to fix a common malady: a bad back. Perry, the newest GOP presidential candidate, has access to the best possible care and advice. Yet he and his doctor chose a treatment beyond mainstream medicine: He had stem cells taken from fat in his own body, grown in a lab and then injected into his back and his bloodstream during a July 1 operation to fuse part of his spine. … His...
  • Doctors begin major stem cell trial for MS patients

    07/29/2011 7:07:43 AM PDT · by decimon · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | July 29, 2011 | Pallab Ghosh
    A major clinical trial will investigate whether stem cells can be safely used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS).It is hoped eventually to slow, stop or even reverse the damage MS causes to the brain and spinal cord. The trial, involving up to 150 patients across Europe, is due to start later this year. Dr Paolo Muraro from Imperial College London said: "There is very strong pre-clinical evidence that stem cells might be an effective treatment." Researchers will collect stem cells from the bone marrow of patients, grow them in the laboratory and then re-inject them into their blood. The stem...
  • Obama wins stem cell lawsuit

    07/28/2011 12:26:09 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 4 replies
    Obama wins stem cell lawsuit ^ | 7/27/11 10:57 AM EDT Updated: 7/27/11 2:04 PM EDT | By REID J. EPSTEIN
    A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s funding of stem cell research. The lawsuit, filed by Boston biological engineer James L. Shirley, asserted that the funding violated a 1996 law prohibiting federal taxpayer money from supporting work that harms an embryo. The Obama administration policy allows research on embryos that were harvested long ago through private funding ... ... The Court of Appeals overruled him, and (Judge Royce) Lamberth said Wednesday he is bound by the higher court’s ruling and dismissed the case. The White House hailed the ruling as a “victory for research and...
  • A drugstore within (mesenchymal stem cells)

    07/07/2011 5:07:32 PM PDT · by decimon · 3 replies
    Case Western Reserve University ^ | July 7, 2011 | Unknown
    Mesenchymal stem cells protect and healA stem cell that can morph into a number of different tissues is proving a natural protector, healer and antibiotic maker, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and their peers have found. Mesenchymal stem cells reaped from bone marrow had been hailed as the key to growing new organs to replace those damaged or destroyed by violence or disease, but have failed to live up to the billing. Instead, scientists who'd been trying to manipulate the cells to build replacement parts have been finding the cells are innately potent antidotes to a growing list of...
  • South Korea back in stem cell spotlight with new treatment

    07/10/2011 12:17:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 7, 2011 | Heejung Jung and Yi Hyun-young
    SEONGNAM, South Korea (Reuters) - More than five years after South Korea's scientific reputation was shattered by a cloning research scandal, the country has approved stem cell medication in the form of a treatment for heart attack victims for the world's first clinical use... --snip-- SHARES SOAR ON GROUND-BREAKING TREATMENT FCB-Pharmicell specializes in developing stem cell drugs for incurable diseases. Hearticellgram-AMI takes somatic stem cells extracted from the patient's own bone marrow that are then cultured and directly injected into the damaged heart. "Our first goal is to apply them in patients with illnesses that are not curable through conventional...
  • Stem cell hope for heart patients

    07/09/2011 12:43:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 July 2011 | NA
    Scientists have raised hope that stem cell therapy could provide significant relief for patients disabled by untreatable chest pain.Patients with severe angina had stem cells from their blood injected into their heart.The therapy, carried out by Chicago's Northwestern University, halved the number of bouts of angina chest pain.But UK experts have stressed the work is still at an early stage, and the potential longer benefit is unknown.The procedure may also carry a risk: it is suspected of causing heart muscle damage in two patients, and others reported bone and chest pain.The study, reported in the journal Circulation Research, was carried...
  • Vatican launches stem cell venture with US company

    06/16/2011 12:35:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | June 16, 2011 | David Kerr
    Dr. Robin Smith, CEO of NeoStem, announces the joint venture at the Vatican on June 16, 2011 Vatican City, Jun 16, 2011 / 12:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has signed its first ever commercial agreement with an outside company. The contract with U.S.-based bio-pharmaceutical firm NeoStem will advance ethical research into stem cells. “We would like to create a hotspot for scientists, benefactors, academics (and) Church leaders that will now join this group and would work together for the benefit of humanity,”Fr. Tomaz Trafny of the Vatican’s Council for Culture told CNA June 16. The deal was announced...
  • (DIABLO) Kirk backs stem cell research legislation

    06/08/2011 7:46:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 2011-06-06
    A Chicago-based scientist says he’s grateful to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk for siding with legislation that backs stem cell research. Kirk on Monday called for congressional action to codify an executive order on the research issued by President Barack Obama in 2009. (snip) The Illinois Republican says, if senior Democratic senators choose not to move the stem cell legislation in this Congress, he will.
  • Researchers Coax Hearts to Heal Themselves

    06/08/2011 3:49:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 8 June 2011 | Mitch Leslie
    Enlarge Image Self-healing? After a heart attack like this patient has suffered, cells in the heart might be able to make new muscle, a mouse study suggests. Credit: Fotosearch Heart attacks kill because they strangle heart muscle, destroying cells and preventing the organ from pumping properly. Now, researchers reveal that they have nudged cells within mouse hearts to repair some of the damage, a discovery that might prompt new treatments for heart attacks in humans. Researchers are probing several ways to encourage the heart to fix itself. Last year, for instance, cardiac stem cell biologist Deepak Srivastava of the...
  • Adult stem cell treatment brings major league pitcher back to the mound

    06/07/2011 1:11:14 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/7/11 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    Bartolo ColonBOCA RATON, Florida, June 7, 2011 ( - Bartolo Colon’s career seemed to be going down the drains, after being one of major league baseball’s top starting pitchers. In 2005 Colon won the American League Cy Young award, but a series of shoulder and elbow injuries sidelined him until, in 2010, he didn’t play in the majors at all. By 2009, Colon’s astonishing 97 mph fastball had slowed down considerably and every pitch he threw resulted in agonizing pain: so he went home to the Dominican Republic, defeated. But in March of 2010, a doctor in the Dominican Republic,...
  • Swedish team turns skin into nerve cells

    06/07/2011 8:07:52 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 14 replies ^ | 06/07/2011 | Peter Vinthagen Simpson
    A team of researchers at Lund University in southern Sweden have managed to develop nerve cells from human skin cells without using stem cells - a development described as an ethical and medical breakthrough. "This fundamentally changes how we look at mature cells and their capacity. Previously a skin cell was thought to always remain a skin cell, but we have shown that it can be any cell," said Malin Parmar, the Lund University researcher leading the study, to The Local on Tuesday. The new technique works by reprogramming connective tissue cells, so-called human fibroblasts, directly into nerve cells, opening...
  • ‘Patient A’ proud to carry hopes [for embryonic stem-cell research]

    06/06/2011 3:29:55 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 17 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 4, 2011 | Bill Torpy
    CHATOM, Ala. — Every now and then, Timothy J. Atchison thinks he feels a little something when rubbing his legs. But he knows to temper any feelings of excitement or optimism. Left paralyzed from the chest down after a car crash last fall, the baby-faced 21-year-old reminds himself that it could be simply phantom feelings. A lot rides on his immobile legs — they carry the hopes and dreams of tens of thousands of severely injured people. Atchison is Patient A, the formerly anonymous person who volunteered to have embryonic stem cells injected into his spine. It was the first...
  • First man ‘functionally cured’ of HIV

    06/05/2011 10:00:37 AM PDT · by Morpheus2009 · 53 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Liz Goodwin
    Since the HIV virus was discovered 30 years ago this week, 30 million people have died from the disease, and it continues to spread at the rate of 7,000 people per day globally, the UN says. There's not much good news when it comes to this devastating disease. But that is perhaps why the story of the man scientists call the "Berlin patient" is so remarkable and has generated so much excitement among the HIV advocacy community. Timothy Ray Brown suffered from both leukemia and HIV when he received a bone marrow stem cell transplant in Berlin, Germany in 2007....
  • Adult Stem Cells are Treating Thousands of Patients Now

    05/17/2011 4:05:54 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | 5/17/11 | David Prentice, Ph.D.
    Stem cell research continues to move ahead. Not embryonic stem cell research, however, which relies on the destruction of young human life.After over 30 years of embryonic stem cell research, first with mouse and then human embryonic stem cells, not a single patient has been helped. And while over the past year, three experimental trials have been approved in the U.S., even many embryonic stem cell scientists believe the practical dangers of embryonic stem cells (tumors, incorrect tissue growth, immune problems) make such trials preliminary; simply using patients for experiments. Embryonic stem cells fail on both ethical and practical aspects,...
  • Scientists identify possible human lung stem cell (adult stem cell)

    05/13/2011 8:48:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AP/CNS News ^ | 5/13/11 | Malcolm Ritter
    Scientists believe they've discovered stem cells in the lung that can make a wide variety of the organ's tissues, a finding that might open new doors for treating emphysema and other diseases. When these human cells were injected into mice, they showed their versatility by rebuilding airways, air sacs and blood vessels within two weeks. One expert called that "amazing." While stem cells have been found in bone marrow and some other parts of the body, it hasn't been clear whether such a versatile cell existed in the lung. Experts not involved in the study stressed that the work must...
  • USC research reveals surprising clues about communication in hair stem cell populations

    05/09/2011 6:14:18 AM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies
    University of Southern California ^ | May 6, 2011 | Unknown
    Findings hold potential for solution to baldness, with wider implications for stem cell researchIn one of the first studies to look at the population behavior of a large pool of stem cells in thousands of hair follicles – as opposed to the stem cell of a single hair follicle – Keck School of Medicine of USC scientists deciphered how hair stem cells in mice and rabbits can communicate with each other and encourage mutually coordinated regeneration, according to an article published in the April 29 edition of the journal Science. The team collaborated with mathematical biologists from the University of...
  • Court backs federal funding for embryonic stem cell research

    04/29/2011 2:52:08 PM PDT · by Jean S · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 4/29/11 | Mark Johnson
    Opponents of taxpayer-funded embryonic stem cell research lost a key round in a federal appeals court Friday, news that buoyed researchers in Wisconsin where the first of these human cells were isolated and grown by James Thomson in 1998. "I think it's encouraging news, the best news we could hope for at this stage," said Timothy Kamp, director of the University of Wisconsin Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center. "There's a legal cloud overhanging embryonic stem cell research, but the skies are starting to clear," said Erik Forsberg, executive director of WiCell Research Institute in Madison.
  • The Stem-Cell War - Unlike embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells do have a record of healing...

    04/13/2011 1:13:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 13, 2011 | David Klinghoffer
    The Stem-Cell WarUnlike embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells do have a record of healing. You wouldn't know it from the media. An enduring liberal myth, that of the Republican “war on science,” got a subtle rebuke this week when the first and only patient to receive FDA-approved embryonic-stem-cell therapy publicly revealed his identity. Timothy J. Atchison, a 21-year-old nursing student, had been partially paralyzed in a car crash. Six months ago, scientists at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta sought to test on him the safety of a drug concocted from stem cells of the kind derived by destroying a...
  • Scientists identify a surprising new source of cancer stem cells (auto-revert to stem cells)

    04/11/2011 5:44:28 PM PDT · by decimon · 7 replies
    FINDINGS: Certain differentiated cells in breast tissue can spontaneously convert to a stem-cell-like state, according to Whitehead Institute researchers. Until now, scientific dogma has stated that differentiation is a one-way path; once cells specialize, they cannot return to the flexible stem-cell state on their own. These findings hold true for normal mammary cells as well as for breast cancer cells. RELEVANCE: These findings may redefine how researchers view cancer stem cells – the cells capable of seeding new tumors at primary and distant sites in the body. Therapies that specifically target cancer stem cells are currently being investigated in the...
  • Roberto Bolli discusses cardiac stem cell treatment for heart failure at Cannon Lecture

    04/09/2011 4:04:10 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    American Physiological Society ^ | April 9, 2011 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON, DC – Heart failure affects roughly six million Americans, yet treatment consists of either a heart transplant or the insertion of mechanical devices that assist the heart. This is unacceptable to Roberto Bolli, MD, Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky., which is why he is on a mission to make cardiac stem cell treatment an option for all who must cope with the limitations of a failing heart. Dr. Bolli is conducting the groundbreaking study, "Cardiac Stem Cell Infusion in Patients with Ischemic cardiOmyopathy (SCIPIO)," in which researchers at the...