Posts Tagged ‘stem cells’


Stem Cells Improving Motor, Sensory Function After Spinal Cord Injury

Posted on November 28th, 2019

Courtesy: Mayo Clinic News Network

Stem cells derived from a patient’s own fat offer a step toward improving — not just stabilizing — motor and sensory function of people with spinal cord injuries, according to early research from Mayo Clinic.

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New Restrictions Put Fetal Tissue Research in the Balance

Posted on September 24th, 2019

Fetal tissue has led to vital biomedical research advances, but new restrictions may severely curb both its use and scientific progress, says UCSD distinguished professor Lawrence S. B. Goldstein.

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A New Japanese Stem Cell Treatment Raises Hopes — And Ethical Questions

Posted on September 10th, 2019

The country fast-tracked the controversial therapy, opening an international rift over who should make health care decisions.

Human Embryonic Stem Cells
Human Embryonic Stem Cells by Nissim Benvenisty [CC BY 2.5]

In 2015, Shinji Kusachi, a 47-year-old teacher living in the Japanese prefecture of Okayama, was high-diving at a local pool — a passion he had developed in his 30s — when a tricky dive went awry. “I hit my head on the bottom,” Kusachi recalled of the incident that damaged his spinal cord and left him mostly paralyzed. “They said I couldn’t use my arms and legs. I was really in despair.”

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New trial offers new hope for those with spinal cord injuries

Posted on January 25th, 2014

A Winnipeg paramedic has become the first Canadian to take part in an international clinical trial involving the treatment of spinal cord injuries using stem cells.

Alex Petric was injured last year during a winter vacation in Panama.

“I misjudged the water and just dove in,” the 29-year-old recalls. “I hit shallow water and became paralyzed immediately.”

Petric, now a paraplegic, became involved with the trial just four months after his injury.

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Bone Marrow May Hold Key to Stem Cell Breakthrough

Posted on April 24th, 2012

PATIENTS suffering from spinal cord injury may soon find help in the form of stem cells drawn from their own bone marrow, thanks to a research project from the University of Western Australia.

UWA Associate Professor Stuart Hodgetts and PhD student Sarah Lovett are using human bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs) to promote an endogenous host response after spinal cord injury (SCI), by isolating stromal cells found in a patient’s own bone marrow and transplanting them back into the injury site in animal models.

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