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Store-A-Tooth hits the news in Canada

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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”

Read the full article here.

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.

Canadian Blood Services Urgently Requests General Public to Donate Stem Cells

donating-blood-1310224Following the death of Seven-year-old Joshua Weeks, who fell victim to leukaemia after the failure to find a suitable bone marrow donor, The Canadian Blood Services stem cell donation program is urging more people to sign up. This is according to a recent article on  CKNW.

Currently there are about 800 Canadians looking for an unrelated donor, according to Dena Mercer, who is an Associate Director at OneMatch. Dena added “Our chances of finding a match for each patient certainly are greatly dependent on their ancestry and their DNA typing. So when someone is of mixed ancestry, it makes their ability to find a match even more difficult.”

One Match’s existing database is 70% Caucasian and that only a quarter of people searching for donors can find one in their family, which also highlights the need for greater genetic diversity in the database.

At present, there are about 150 successful stem cell transplants each year from donors who aren’t related to patients in Canada.

Scott Wolf, CEO Of Grace century, comments “this is again the EXACT reason to bank your own stem cells and at a point where they are at the most powerful…when young and healthy. I don’t want to have to hope there is a match out there that someone donated in case I need cells.”

Read the full article here.

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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Harvesting stem cells from teeth?

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In the past, people having babies were making decisions about banking stem cells in the delivery room. Now, they may get a second chance, when their kids are sitting in the dentist’s chair.

Stem cells harvested through umbilical cords, or blood banking, has been one way. Parents have been taking precautionary steps to protect their children’s health should disease or injury strike down the road.

Now there is a less invasive way as researchers say there are viable stem cells in our teeth.

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