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In the 1800s, scientists discovered that cells in our body could be made to to produce other cells. Research was done for over a century, which eventually led to the discovery of stem cells in 1978. Since that time, scientists have been able to clone, grow, and heal tissues with the use of stem cells. In today’s time, stem cell therapy has the potential to cure many diseases and conditions. Specialized stem cells have been shown to help treat serious medical conditions from cancer to birth defects. In research today, stem cell therapy focuses on treating diseases, conditions and disabilities such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, burns, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and more. Find out how stem cell therapy first started and the potential it has to help your ailments!

 

The Discovery of Stem Cells

Did you know that your organs and tissues are made up of specific cells unique only to that organ or tissue? Heart tissue is made up of heart cells. Bones are made of other types of cells and muscles are made of even different ones. However, scientists over many decades discovered a type of cell that can transform into other cells. They called these cells, “stem cells”. Not one specific person exactly discovered these cells. It was a group effort from many scientists over many years. However, studies and findings by scientists Dr. James Till and Dr. Ernset McCulloch, of Canada, are credited with “discovering” stem cells. They were the first to publish extensive research about these cells.

 

Too many scientists to name were involved in stem cell discovery. The National Institutes of Health reports that “scientists discovered ways to derive embryonic stem cells from early mouse embryos” in 1981, which led to the discovery. In 1998, scientists were able to derive cells from human embryos, which led to the start of stem cell therapy for patients with chronic conditions. Over the years, we’ve learned that stem cells can be used from adult (or tissue specific) stem cells, amniotic stem cells, cord-blood cells, embryonic stem cells, nuclear transfer (NT)-ES cells, and induced pluripotent stem cells.

 

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What Can Stem Cells Do?

Scientists use stem cells in the laboratory to screen new drugs and to create model systems to evaluate normal growth. They can actually discover the causes of birth defects because of stem cells. Stem cells represent cutting-edge science and gives hope to thousands of patients with chronic medical conditions. These cells are divided into two classes: pluripotent and multipotent. Pluripotent stem cells can create any type of cell in the body except those needed to support a fetus. Multipotent are restricted to become only a small number of different cell types. These can divide and renew themselves for long periods, they are dynamic in their ability to differentiate and they can create specialized cell types.

 

For example, as soon as you get a cut or scrape, stem cells rush to the damaged site and start the healing process. That’s how your body rebuilds itself: through stem cells. Although stem cells can do an incredible amount of things in the body, they can’t become nerve tissue. However, patients with neuropathy problems that stem from nerve damage can still find some pain relief through anti-inflammatory injections to reduce inflammation and swelling. With the amount that stem cells can do, they may be able to help damaged nerves in the future.

 

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy has the potential to cure many diseases and conditions. Studies have found that stem cell therapy is very beneficial to physical therapy patients dealing with chronic conditions, overcoming surgeries or healing from injuries or accidents. Because these cells can morph into other cells, receiving therapy injections can boost a person’s healing ability. At our facility, we offer patients stem cell injections at the site of an injury or where they feel pain. More stem cells mean more cells to heal damaged tissues. With chronic conditions, stem cell therapy injections naturally help ease inflammation and swelling, while also speeding up healing time.

 

We look at this therapy as a natural method of healing that is risk free. Over 100,000 patients have received therapy injections with no reported adverse side effects, and many more have received this therapy across the globe with the same results. Patients seem to heal quicker and feel better as they heal. Stem cell therapy is currently used to treat patients with diseased organs and tissues to heal those tissues and reverse damage.

 

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Stem Cell Research Today

More and more research is being done with stem cell therapy today. Stem cell therapy is garnishing so much media attention because of the success it is having all across the globe. Stem cells have been used by surgeons and other doctors for more than 20 years. The potential of stem cells to morph into any other type of tissue makes them amazing tools for healing problems with cartilage, ligaments, tendons, bones, muscles and organs.

 

The National Institute of Health supports the research and use of stem cells because of their ability to help so many patients with chronic conditions. According to the NIH, “Stem cells, directed to differentiate into specific cell types, offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases including macular degeneration, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.”

 

Stem Cell Therapy Is Still Evolving

This therapy and research surrounding it is still growing and evolving as scientists learn more and more about cells, regeneration and how to use cells for cell-based therapies to treat disease. As technology and science continue to progress together, it is exciting to imagine where stem cells will take us in the coming years. The best way to learn more about stem cell therapy and how it can benefit you is to call us. Contact Stem Cell Centers at (877) 808-0016 today and see if you are a candidate for this therapy!