Articles Tagged: Stem Cells
June 8, 2015 | Category: News
New research from Uppsala University shows promising progress in the use of stem cells for treatment of spinal cord injury. The results, which are published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports, show that human stem cells that are transplanted to the injured spinal cord contribute to restoration of some sensory functions.
Traffic accidents and severe falls can cause ruptures of nerve fibers that enter/exit the spinal cord. Most commonly, these avulsion injuries affect the innervation of the arm and hand, and lead to paralysis, loss of sensation and cause chronic pain. Continue Reading »
June 1, 2015 | Category: News
In a rare surgery, a 35-year-old Australian woman with a spinal injury for 14 long years regained her sensory ability after undergoing a new cell-based therapy at a hospital here, doctors said on Monday.
The Human Embryonic Stem Cell (HESC) also proved beneficial for Perry Gross as she gained back her standing capability, which she had lost after suffering a major trauma while playing rugby. Continue Reading »
May 30, 2015 | Category: News
A new study appearing today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, designed to test how stem cell injections affect primates with spinal cord injury (SCI), showed the treatments significantly improved the animals’ motor function recovery and promoted faster healing, too. The researchers call their findings a step forward toward the goal of improving outcomes for humans with chronic SCI.
Previous research conducted by various groups had indicated stem cell treatments helped rats with SCI. Continue Reading »
May 11, 2015 | Category: News
By involving 18 patients, India will soon become a part of a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, a collaborative study conducted in China, Norway and America, involving 240 patients for treating spinal cord injury in humans through stem-cells.
India will be a part of a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, for treating spinal cord injury in humans through stem-cells. India will a part of the collaborative study conducted in China, Norway and America involving 240 patients led by China-based stem cell researcher Dr Wise Young. Continue Reading »
December 10, 2014 | Category: News
TORONTO – A Canadian-led international team of researchers has begun solving the mystery of just how a specialized cell taken from a person’s skin is reprogrammed into an embryonic-like stem cell, from which virtually any other cell type in the body can be generated.
The research is being touted as a breakthrough in regenerative medicine that will allow scientists to one day harness stem cells to treat or even cure a host of conditions, from blindness and Parkinson’s disease to diabetes and spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »
November 28, 2014 | Category: News
For the first time, researchers in Germany have been able to create spinal cords in a Petri dish. To be more precise, they didn’t grow complete spinal cords, but neuroepithelial cysts, which are ellipsoid like and were about 60 μm in diameter. These cells express factors that are associated with spinal cord tissue and are in many ways similar to it.
Regenerative medicine is entering its golden age, with new techniques showing more and more promise; the list of tissues that can be grown from scratch and then used continues to grow, and it may not be long before we can add spinal cells to the list. Continue Reading »
November 5, 2014 | Category: News
When stem cells are propagated in the laboratory, they typically differentiate into one or another specialized cell type, usually forming cell masses that show little organization or spatial coherence. Exceptions include the emergence, in culture, of retinal and anterior cortex-like tissues. For the most part, however, stem cell aggregates in the laboratory prefer to remain lumps.
Despite coaxing, they refuse to organize themselves into structures that resemble embryos. In particular, they avoid taking the earliest steps of embryonic development—axis formation and gastrulation, the organized movement of cells that, using the initial axis as a reference, positions the head and the tail, the front and the back. Continue Reading »
October 14, 2014 | Category: News
(Reuters) – The longest-running trial of stem cells derived from a human embryo found that the cells caused patients none of the problems scientists feared, such as forming tumors, and reversed partial blindness in about half the eyes receiving transplants, researchers reported on Tuesday. Continue Reading »
October 7, 2014 | Category: News
NEWARK, Calif., Oct. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — StemCells, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEM), a world leader in the research and development of cell based therapies for the treatment of disorders of the central nervous system, announced today that it has initiated its Pathway® Study, a Phase II proof of concept clinical trial using its proprietary HuCNS-SC® platform of human neural stem cells for the treatment of cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). Approximately 1.3 million people in the United States report being paralyzed due to an SCI, and there currently are no effective treatments available. Approximately 56% of the spinal cord injuries occur in the cervical region. Overall, approximately 13% of SCI patients have no mobility and 35% have limited mobility after the traumatic injury. Continue Reading »
September 18, 2014 | Category: News
Stem cells hold great promise as a means of repairing cells in conditions such as multiple sclerosis, stroke or injuries of the spinal cord because they have the ability to develop into almost any cell type. Now, new research shows that stem cell therapy can also work through a mechanism other than cell replacement.
In a study published today in Molecular Cell, a team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge has shown that stem cells “communicate” with cells by transferring molecules via fluid filled bags called vesicles, helping other cells to modify the damaging immune response around them. Continue Reading »