Tag Archives: Regenerative Medicine

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.”

Read the full article on News Max Finance here

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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Should You “Bank” Your Teeth? Medics Say “Yes!”

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 1.45.15 PMOnce again we see the news media covering the recent scientific findings on stem cells and the significant progress made in recent years to give hope to finding cures for a wide scope of diseases and regrowth of tissues or bones.A recent video news feature on azfamily.com looks at the new methodologies of stem cells harvesting and in particular the use of babyteeth teeth as a source, with the article featuring Grace Century project partner Provia Labs and their dental stem cell storage product Store-A-Tooth as a perfect example of how the possibilities afforded by dental stems can become a clinical reality in the the future.

Patient can request the stem cells extraction from the removed teeth, with collected samples then being frozen and stored for possible use in years to come.

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CNN and The BBC Report Successes in Stem Cell Therapy for Sight Disorders

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The pioneering use of stem cells in regenerative medicine techniques is back in the news again, with two separate pieces of coverage from global news giants CNN and The BBC on developments related to the treatment of sight disorders.

The CNN article focussed on the work of Professor Pete Colley from University College London, who has spend several years researching the potential for using stems cells to treat sight loss from Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Having administered the first fully developed series of treatments, consisting of implanting a thin layer of cells behind the retina of each eye to a patient in August 2015, it has now been confirmed that six months later that the implanted cells, which had been cultivated as the Retinal Pigment Epithelium cells which are affected by AMD, have survived within the structure of the eye – representing a high watermark of success for the trial. Whilst the research team are hesitant to claim the test treatment as a “cure” at this stage, the signs are extremely positive.

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3D ‘bioprinters’ could soon make organs and human tissue: Experts

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A team of regenerative medicine scientists in the United States Human has discovered that tissue and organs good enough to be used for transplants could soon be made using a custom-designed 3D “bioprinter” that would help solve the problem of donor shortages. The study proved that it is feasible to print living tissue, cartilage and bone to replace injured or diseased patients using the sophisticated machine.

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