Tag Archives: Regenerative Medicine

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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Stem Cell Therapy is One Step Closer to Becoming Law in Texas

Screen Shot 2017-05-24 at 11.22.00 AMStem cell therapy is one step closer to becoming law in Texas, the latest state to push for passage of a patients’ “Right to Try” legislation. House Bill (HB) 810 is one of three proactive stem cell bills being considered in the Texas Legislature that would make it easier for those suffering with incurable illnesses to have access to stem cell treatments. The bill, which passed the Texas House unanimously, now heads over to the Senate.

Scott Wolf, CEO and Director of Research for Grace Century comments: “This kind of legislation, hopefully will be controlled, but moves the goal post closer for the industry. Personally, I am waiting for Insurance companies to agree to pay for storage of young healthy cells: to me that’s a no brainer for improving health down the road, while saving tons of cash.”

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Where is the money flowing? Into regenerative medicine

April 19th News Story ImageA recent report from Goldman Sachs, featured in an article on News Max Finance strongly indicates that regenerative medicine is continuing to be a an attractive option for investment.

The GS report is entitled “The Coming Age of Regenerative Medicine”, and to quote from it “venture capital in companies pursuing regenerative medicine increased from $296 million in 2011 to $807 million in 2016, growing roughly 34% year-over-year.”

The report also states that 80 regenerative-medicine companies have gained investment with the last 3 years, representING approximately 50% of the top VC deals in 2015 and 2016.

Grace Century President and Director of Research Scott Wolf said “This continues to show that our research was right 6 years ago. Regenerative medicine is the new Gold Rush.”

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A Biometric Password That is Always with You

heart-cardiogramWhat could be a better way of securing data rather than a heartbeat? A scientific research team from the Binghamton University believe that heart’s electrical pattern may be used as an encryption key for electronic records.

Currently the complexity and cost of present encryption tools do not allow the full implementation of such data into telemedicine field and mobile healthcare systems.

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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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New Hope for Paralyzed Patients: Latest Stem Cell Researches Show That Recovery Is Possible.

Spinal cord injuries aspinal-cord-injury-treatmentre one of the most dangerous one can suffer: total paralysis for life can result after suffering such an injury. In a real life example, Kris Boesen and Lucas Lindner were in car accidents which unfortunately left both of them paralyzed. Doctors thought there was no chance for recovery, but luckily there is still hope.

Boesen and Linder were offered to take part in the clinical trial that involved the injection of stem cells into their spines. The offer came from Asterias Biotherapeutics, which conducts research into this relatively new domain of medical science.

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Self-Repairing Teeth: Stem Cells Technology for Future Dental Care.

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Visits to the dentist will no longer be a source of stress anymore in the future – At least this is what Kyle Vining of Harvard University and Adam Celiz of the British University of Nottingham believe in.

Since the modern day dentistry started to develop almost 300 years ago, the dreaded drilling out of damaged cavities and filling the gaps with enamel or metal is a generally accepted practice. However, this methodology is about to become history.

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