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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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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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Prove featured in CNN article about dental stem cells

CNN_International_logo_2014Provia Labs, Grace Century’s dental stem cell storage system portfolio project, has been features in an article on CNN on how dental cells could represent the next stage in the development of the emerging science of stem cell treatment.

The article, which is a lengthy and comprehensive feature, includes contributions from Dr. Joseph C. Laning, chief technology officer of Provia Laboratories LLC. The piece tries to balance the increasingly rigorous scientific case for the increased potential of stem cells as a method of treating complex disorders like multiple sclerosis (MS) and traumatic brain injury, with some more cautious views from the scientific community.

Scott Wolf, President and Director of Research for Grace Century, commented “The fact that our portfolio project, Provia labs, has made it to CNN, simply serves to highlight the traction that stem cells and their significant future potential for the treatment of many conditions has gained in the medical world. Whilst the article includes the views of some of the more skeptical members of the community, it should be noted that The President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Jade Miller endorses the storage of baby teeth / Wisdom teeth and has done so himself for his family. In addition, the opinion of professional medical bodies is no guarantee of anything as Dr. N (Advisor for Provia) discovered for himself with regard to the National Bone Registry as we reported on our blog article of last May.

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Store-A-Tooth hits the news in Canada

Boy shows gesture OK rejoicing lost baby tooth

Once again, Store-A-Tooth is in the news.

Recently, Store-A-Tooth – the dental stem cell storage system created by Grace Century project partner Provia – started accepting Canadian teeth to be frozen and stored in its Massachusetts lab, which stimulated new media attention and further opinion from medical professionals, as recent article on Global News reported.

Dr. Joe Laning is Provia’s chief technology officer, and he recently said “Cellular medicine is going to be a big part of what we rely on to rebuild broken parts of the body. Theoretically, I think (teeth stem cells) would be used for reconstituting organ function or to build bone.”

Dr. Laning says teeth should be transited to the company’s special transport kit within 48 hours of being pulled to ensure the best results in terms. So far, 60 Canadians have sent their baby teeth to Store-A-Tooth.

Read the fill story and watch the video on Global News here.

Space – the perfect environment for culturing stem cells

Stem Cells article march 2017Transporting stem cell cultivation to the earth’s orbit could play a key role in the faster rate of growth of stem cells for clinical use, according to a recent article in the International Business Times

Preliminary research has shown that the microgravity environment of the International Space Station actively increases the growth rate of stem cell, and researchers have now confirmed that human stem cell are being cultivated on the ISS for trials back on earth.

The trial are specifically researching  mesenchymal stem cells (found in the bone marrow), hematopoietic stem cells (which can grow into all other blood cells) and leukemia cancer stem cells (responsible for leukemia, or cancer of blood-forming tissues).

Abba Zubair, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida who is directly involved in the research said “What is unique about this investigation is that we are not only looking at the biology of the cells and how they grow, but focusing on application, how we can use them to treat patients”.

In a statement, NASA said that the long term goals of the research were to develop a safe and reliable clinical grade stem cell bioreactor in space for commercial use and to understand the biology of stem cells and the progression of cancer stem cells.

Scott Wolf, Director of Research for Grace century commented ”It’s only a matter of time before stem cells are regularly cultivated in this manner, given their massive potential for effective clinical treatment of many diseases”

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BBC Journalist Hails the Benefits of Stem Cell Treatment – From Her Own Personal Experience!

BBC_News.svgBBC journalist Caroline Wyatt has gone public about how stem cell therapy helped lift the “brain fog” she has been experiencing as a result of suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.

Caroline had originally been denied a place on a UK National Health service  (NHS) trial – however she was determined to ensure that she was treated with stem cell therapy and paid $60,000 for a stem cell transplant in a private hospital in Puebla, Mexico in January.

After the treatment Caroline said she was “feeling better than I have done in a long time”.

She said she had been inspired by “people who had been in wheelchairs, or people who had been struggling to walk or to think or to speak clearly had come back after the treatment and, if you were a lay person, you’d say they looked cured, if you were a medic, you’d probably say they were in remission.”

Having had the treatment 3 weeks ago, Caroline said that the best thing that had happened was the lifting of the “brain fog” that she had experienced.

Grace Century President and Director of Research Scott Wolf said “Yet another positive, real-life example of the benefits of stem cell therapy – from no less a source than the BBC – highlights just how pioneering and exciting the future of stem cell therapy could be.”

Read the full article on the BBC website here.

Stem Cells: The Next Treatment for Anti-Aging?

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A study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has indicated that stem cells collected directly from human fat are more stable than other cells – with strong potential for acting as an anti-aging treatment, according to a recent article on Zee News.

The study findings – which were published in the journal Stem Cells – demonstrated that adipose-derived stems cells (from human fat) have greater potential than previously thought for making proteins.

“It also shows these cells can be potentially used safely in the future, because they require minimal manipulation and maintenance,” according to lead study author Ivona Percec. “That means these cells could be far more stable and helpful as we continue to study natural aging,” Percec noted

Grace Century President and Director of Research commented “This is our portfolio project Provia’s sweetspot – stem cell from adipose tissue is going to be big”

Read the full article on Zee News here.

Store-A-Tooth – Helping In The Future Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes?

smile-n-teeth-1623902A recent article on Fox News chronicles the story of Juno Wozniak, who diagnosed with Diabetes when just 11 months old

Her mother Billie Sue had feared her daughter was an risk of a significantly shorter life span, however she soon learned about encapsulation therapy, in which an encapsulated device containing insulin-producing islet cells derived from stem cells is implanted under the skin. She then discovered Store-A-Tooth, and subsequently Juno had 4 teeth extracted and stored so her stem cells could be cryopreserved and potentially used for future encapsulation therapy.

Billie is aware that this approach is“a risk”  and she “doesn’t know for sure if it will work out,” however there is an increasing body of medical evidence to suggest that stem cell therapy has huge potential for future treatments of multiple illness, with type 1 diabetes being high on the list of possibilities.

Read the full Fox News article here.