Stem cell success stories underscore the potential for treatment despite the field’s young age. There are few areas of scientific study that compare with the life-giving future of regenerative medicine.
Consider all that has been achieved recently with stem cell treatment with the following stem cell success stories.
Macular degeneration has plagued the 65 and older population for years. Stem cell science might just be finding a treatment method for it. “Using a novel patient-specific stem cell-based therapy, researchers prevented blindness in animal models of geographic atrophy, the advanced ‘dry’ form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is a leading cause of vision loss among people age 65 and older. The protocols established by the animal study set the stage for a first-in-human clinical trial testing the therapy in people with geographic atrophy, for which there is currently no treatment,” reported Science Daily.
Recent stem cell success stories include advancements treating Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s Disease destroys dopamine-producing cells in the brain, leading to tremors and difficulty moving. Stem Cells Enhance Healing tells of an undergraduate biomedical engineering team at Hopkins that has devised medical sutures containing stem cells which speed up healing when stitched in (HopkinsMedicine.Org).
Scientists continue to aggressively study stem cells to learn the molecular mechanisms that trigger cell death in Parkinson’s Disease. While there are no stem cell treatments for Parkinson’s right now, researchers have had positive results with in-lab testing. Right now, the focus is on determining the most viable source of stem cells and discovering how to make those stem cells form into dopaminergic neurons (the type of neurons that are depleted in Parkinson’s disease). Scientists also have to learn how to safely introduce the cells into the brain to achieve the desired results, according to the American Parkinson Disease Association.
Monkeys with a Parkinson’s-like disease have been successfully treated with stem cells that improved their movement for up to two years after transplant. A similar trial is now being prepared for people.
Imagine repairing damaged heart cells so those that have experienced heart damage could retain their quality of life and longevity. Stem cells may make this a reality–now these are stem cell success stories that can get the heart really pumping!
“A new treatment using stem cells—which have the potential to grow into a variety of heart cell types—could potentially repair and regenerate damaged heart tissue. In a study published last February in The Lancet, researchers treated 17 heart attack patients with an infusion of stem cells taken from their own hearts. A year after the procedure, the amount of scar tissue had shrunk by about 50%,” reported Harvard Health.
Stem cell success stories include this moving story about a 2-year-old girl born without a windpipe–she now has a new one grown from her own stem cells, the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment (USA Today).
“Scientists hope to eventually use the method to create solid organs, including kidneys and livers, said Dr. Anthony Atala, director of Wake Forest University’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He said the operation on Hannah Warren “is really showing that the technique is workable.”
Since stem cells can replicate any tissue found in the body, their potential for treating injury and disease is nearly limitless. More stem cell success stories are soon to become a common occurrence.
Researchers are currently studying how stem cells may be used to prevent or cure diseases and injuries such as Parkinson’s disease, type 1 diabetes, heart disease, spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, burns, osteoarthritis, vision and hearing loss. Stem cells have the potential to replace or repair tissue damaged by disease or injury, reports Medical News Daily.
Ideal candidates for stem cell therapy include those that are suffering from pain or dysfunction due to injury or age-related joint issues. If you are you worried that surgery, a lifelong dependency on pain medications, or a departure from your prior functionality are your only options, stem cell therapy may be for you.
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