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Baby Boomers turn to stem cells for help with painful joints

knee-painFor pain doctor Mark Wallace, arthritis meant his hobby of competitive swimming was becoming too painful.

“Every stroke was like an ice pick in my shoulder,” said Wallace, chief of the division of pain medicine at UC San Diego. Cortisone shots relieved the pain for about a month, and then it would return.

For philanthropist Denny Sanford, even walking was too painful. He sought relief for his arthritis with a right knee replacement, but that didn’t work well. So to treat his other knee, he looked for an alternative.

Wallace and Sanford said they found that relief with stem cells; Wallace at UC San Diego using cells from his bone marrow, and Sanford at a clinic in Germany using cells from his fat tissue. Their cases — particularly Wallace’s — illustrate how the use of stem cells to relieve joint pain is becoming an accepted part of orthopedic medicine.

With millions of baby boomers experiencing the miseries of arthritis, the need is great and growing.

Scott Wolf, CEO and Director of Research of Grace Century comments: “Regenerative medicine is gradually becoming part of mainstream healthcare and it is only a matter of time until it becomes essential. So watch our projects in this space.”

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Why bank? More Evidence to Bank Young Healthy Stem Cells.

cellsStem cell therapy is often a “last resort” treatment for patients with end-stage heart diseases. A recent study, however, finds that the treatment could be more harmful than helpful if cardiac stem cells are involved.

Researchers found that using patients’ own cardiac stem cells to repair damaged heart tissue may not only be ineffective but that the stem cells may also develop inflammatory properties that cause further heart damage.

In the United States, around 5.7 million adults are living with heart failure. The condition occurs when the heart is no longer able to pump enough oxygen-rich blood to fulfill the body’s needs.

There is currently no cure for heart failure. In some cases, the condition can be managed through medication and lifestyle changes. For people with end-stage heart failure, however, there are limited treatment options.

Heart transplantation remains the primary treatment for end-stage heart failure, but there are not enough donor hearts to meet recipient needs. Figures from the Organ Transplantation and Procurement Network show that there are more than 3,900 patients in the U.S. waiting for a heart transplant. Last year, 3,191 heart transplants were performed.

Scott Wolf, CEO and Director of Research for Grace Century comments: “These research findings confirm the obvious fact: stem cells from the sick hearts are not good and unusable, hence, banking from a young healthy person is the only way to secure the future health.”

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New Law Opens Door for Stem Cell Therapy in Texas

image001The legal battle to get patients access to stem cell therapy in Texas is closer to reality, according to TWCNews.com latest news article.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed such legislation into law this week, and it means some patients will be heading into uncharted medical territory.

After Sept. 1, patients with terminal illnesses or severe chronic diseases will be allowed to access experimental stem cell treatments in Texas.

Currently, most patients who want stem cell therapy have to travel outside the United States to do it, and stem cell re-injections are only allowed here within a 24-hour window.

“This is going to protect patient health, and provide for the treatments to be done here locally at home,” said Mike Byrom, the Chief Science Officer at Austin stem cell bank BioEden​.

Byrom said the new law will keep patients in the country, and will provide renewed hope for those with serious ailments.

Scott Wolf, CEO and Director of Research of Grace Century commented: ”The recognition of Stem Cells treating aliments, and acceptance in Texas is cracking the flood gates open. Get the Insurance companies on board and it lights out!“

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The Quantum Group Receives 13th Patent

BN-GZ066_EdpCha_P_20150216111110The Quantum Group, Inc. (QGP) is pleased to report that in the last month of 2016 it has added yet another success in the Company’s path towards helping redefine healthcare, with the issuance of its 13th patent.

This 13th patent was permanently recorded on December 27, 2016, as United States Patent #9,532,295. The patent, originally filed on August 23, 2013, bears the title “Predictive path communication protocol across a network of transiently connected mobile devices”.

One of the great benefits of PWeR is that it can collect and assemble all of an individual’s medical information from any point on the planet, and then store that data centrally, securely in one place, or online. Similarly, PWeR can then use the Internet to project it to any point on earth, on demand, as required, and in a secure manner. PWeR is capable of this, but in some places, communication of such large amounts of data is impractical and/or expensive. Predictive Path Protocol is a communication technique designed to resolve that limitation, inexpensively, at any remote point.

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New Direction of Stem Cell Research is About to Revolutionize Modern Dentistry

5a9bdcb0915c2aac2087cf39e9a4a746The stem cells that may be extracted from our teeth can be used to fill in chips, cracks, and cavities, scientists say, and the findings could one day possibly make dental cement obsolete.

The new methodology has been tested only in mice so far, but the research itself, published Monday in the journal Scientific Reports, describes a way to motivate stem cells to repair tooth defects at a scale they normally can’t, with a drug that already has some safety testing behind it. It also highlights the potential of a type of stem cell therapy in which the cells are stimulated in place, rather than taken out, manipulated, and put back in.

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Stem Cells are Now Being Used to Cure Sickle Cell Disease

hospitals-large_transwc_q6o_wkvh9zlqtpecugf4wkyugpvyxktmlosimqgqA diagnosis that can cause debilitating fatigue, pains and even death is now being cured with use of the stem cells. Doctors in Chicago say they found a way to help patients with a sickle cell disease.

The inherited illness affects approximately one out of 500 African Americans.

Felita Sims, a teacher from Waukegan, inherited sickle cell from her father.

“I actually had a father that passed away from sickle cell, so,” she said.

She worried the disease might kill her too.

“Oxygen is being sucked out of you so it stops you from moving, from breathing, sometimes it feels that way,” Sims said.

The disease causes red blood cells to become crescent-shaped, like a sickle. This cell shape prevents sufficient delivery of the oxygen to the body and the internal organs. As a result – patient may experience excruciating pain attacks, organ failure and death.

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Technology advancements trigger cautions in global healthcare industry

image006Technology promises to herald astonishing advances in healthcare, but delegates to the Knowledge Summit 2016 were told that the rapid pace of change posed ethical and legislative challenges.

Organised by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) – member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives – the third-annual summit in Dubai from December 5-7 at the Grand Hyatt.

Moderated by Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Director of Social Development Sector, Office of the Executive Committee, Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, the panel session, titled Knowledge and the Future of Health explored sweeping changes we can expect from scientific advances.

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Stem Cells could be used to cure deafness from birth

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Scientists believe they are on the brink of a cure for congenital deafness after producing stem cells to correct a hereditary defect.

Researchers have found a way of growing human cochlear cells which can be used to replace faulty ones in people deaf from birth due to a genetic error.

They hope a treatment could be available to patients within five to 10 years.Professor Kazusaku Kamiya, a specialist in ear diseases who is leading the research,

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Repairing Damaged Joints Will Become a Reality with the Use of Stem Cells

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Medics have discovered a new technique, based on using of stem cells, which facilitates the growth of new cartilage on the ball of the hip joint. This significant breakthrough involves the use of patients own stem cells to repair damaged joints and avoid the necessity of complicated and risky joint-replacement surgeries.

Also, scientists have stated that it is possible to use gene therapy in order to grant this new cartilage the ability to promote the flow of anti-inflammatory molecules into the surrounding tissues when needed. If applied to patients, the therapy can prevent the return of arthritis if it was a cause of the joint damage.

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The Increased Returns from Investing in Life

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The wide-ranging field of life sciences is an area that directly affects and shapes the development of many industries, such as healthcare, manufacturing and technology. Considering the fact that it influences so many aspects of industrial development simultaneously, it should be recognised as a separate industry, according to a recent PWC report.

Experts agree that life sciences in general can represent an attractive investment target if executed properly. However, the complexity typically involved in understanding just how a life science prospect can work for a potential investor often presents formidable barriers.

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