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Allograft Stem Cells for Hand Arthritis

Stem Cells for Thumb Arthritis

The carpometacarpal (CMC) joints are five joints in the wrist that articulate the distal row of carpal bones (the ones that connect the hand to the forearm) and the proximal bases of the five metacarpal bones (the bones leading up to just before the fingers). Some of the most common injuries occur to the first CMC joint, or the one associated with the thumb. Also known as the trapeziometacarpal (TMC) joint, it plays an irreplaceable role in the normal functioning of the thumb. Osteoarthritis of the thumb can occur a number of ways. While the term “texting thumb” is often used since so many patients suffer from the condition due to frequent texting, it can occur a number of other ways. Softball injuries can result in thumb arthritis. Being active on a computer, playing frequent video games, or engaging in any number of other activities that put a strain on the thumb can also result in thumb arthritis. Thumb Arthritis Studies Recent studies have shown that injuries to...

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Stem Cell Therapy Cures Second HIV Patient

The New York Times reported that a second patient was cured of HIV after undergoing a form of allograft stem cell therapy. The news broke earlier this month on the 4th when papers like the ‘Times’ and The Wall Street Journal began reporting on the miraculous recovery of whom is being referred to as the “London Patient” (the first patient to be cured of HIV almost exactly 12 years ago was referred to as the “Berlin Patient”). Ironically, the bone marrow stem cell transplants that cured both patients of the virus were actually intended to treat cancer in each case. While there is still much more to be done to find a reasonable way to replicate the results for the more than 70 million people infected with the disease, this success proves that a cure for H.I.V. infection is possible. Bone-marrow transplantation on the scale necessary to treat patients with HIV is unlikely to be adopted as a realistic treatment option in the future....

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Stem Cell Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

In recent clinical trials, umbilical cord allograft stem cells were found to not only be effective in treating symptoms of multiple sclerosis but were found to be safe and even lead to sustained improvements in disability and brain lesions. This report was released on March 20th, 2018 on the website Multiple Sclerosis News Today. The original article titled, “Clinical feasibility of umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal allograft stem cells in the treatment of multiple sclerosis” was published in the Journal of Translational Medicine in January of 2018. Current treatments of MS, while able to reduce the frequency of flare-ups and slow disease progression, are not able to repair damage to nerve cells or the protective layer around nerve fibers known as the myelin sheath. As we discussed in our article, “Not All Stem Cells Are Created Equal”, allograft stem cells must at least be multipotent in order to have the ability to differentiate into multiple cell types. Mesenchymal stem cells, or MSCs,...

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Not All Stem Cells Are Created Equal

Researching allograft stem cell therapy can be a daunting task for those wanting to learn more about how it might be beneficial. On one hand, allograft stem cell therapy carries the potential to be a revolutionary treatment option when used correctly for certain conditions. On the other hand, there is a lot of misinformation out there about allograft stem cells. Some clinics are not up-front about the source of their allograft stem cells and others exaggerate or outright lie about their effectiveness for any given condition. Even if a clinic is up-front about the source of their allograft stem cells, how do you know if these allograft stem cells are the right kind of allograft stem cells and if they will be useful for you? In this article, we discuss the different kinds of allograft stem cells and which ones are useful in medical applications for given conditions. Types of Allograft Stem Cells The definition of an ‘allograft stem cell’ is an undifferentiated...

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Can Stem Cells Treat Diabetic Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy occurs when your peripheral nervous system is damaged. Your peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body. Peripheral neuropathy can occur as a result of injuries, infections, and exposure to toxins, but is commonly a result of having diabetes. In this case, it is referred to as diabetic neuropathy. In recent studies, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have shown promise in treating diabetic neuropathy (DN). It was discovered that MSC treatment reverses manifestations of diabetic neuropathy, possibly due to the important role MSCs have in repairing tissue and lowering blood glucose levels. The role MSCs take in regeneration may show promise for other forms of peripheral neuropathy as well. Diabetic Neuropathy has no known cure. DN is only treated with goals such as slowing the progression of the disease, relieving pain, managing complications and restoring function where possible. Current treatment includes anti-seizure drugs to ease nerve pain and antidepressants which also help with the...

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The Future of Anti-Aging & Stem Cell Therapy

Connections have frequently been made between aging and the loss of stem cells. As you get older, the total number of your own, naturally-occurring stem cells decreases. The question then has been simply if you increase the number of stem cells in the body, can you combat aging? New studies show that stem cell therapy with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) may help certain individuals showing signs of aging. One such study was performed by researchers at the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The goal was to determine the effectiveness of MSC’s in reducing the effects of frailty due to aging. Phase 1 and 2 trials demonstrated no adverse health effects from the treatments. Joshua M. Hare, M.D. described the results as surprising, exciting and confidence-building in utilizing allograft stem cell treatments for this application in antiaging. Functional loss of allograft stem cells plays an important role in organismic aging processes. Recent research discoveries have uncovered the...

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