Study: Women Who Use Birth Control Pill 1.5 Times More Likely to Develop Bowel Disease (3/09, AJG)

A study on the role of oral contraceptives in the cause of inflammatory bowel disease, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, found that women who use the pill are one and a half times more likely to develop Crohn's disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC) than women who have not used oral contraceptives. The research by doctors at the Gastroenterology Unit of St. Mary's Hospital, Imperial College, and the Department of Surgery of St. Mark's Hospital, London, reported that a total of 75,815 patients were involved in the study of the etiology of UC and CD between 1983 and 2007. Of these women, 36,797 used the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) and 39,018 did not. The report stated that the relative risk of developing Crohn's disease increased with a prolonged exposure to the OCP. Whereas the overall average of increased risk was 1 1/2 times, the relative risk of developing CD for a woman who has used the pill for three years increases to almost 3.5 times. This study has also shown that the risk associated with OCP exposure was reversed to that of the non-exposed population after stopping the use of the drug. The adjustment of the results for smoking was an important aspect of this analysis, since it was found that smokers are more likely to take the OCP, and oral contraceptive users have been reported as more likely to smoke. The adjustments for smoking increased the relative risk of CD and decreased the risk of UC.   The study also suggested that a reduction in the estrogen and progesterone dosages in OCPs over the last two...

Dramatic Treatments Using Adult & Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells – Bibliography

www.ClinicalTrials.gov – Amazing list of over 250 grants through NIH; at least half deal with non-embryonic stem cell research. http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/search?term=%22stem+cells%22&submit=Search With patient’s own cells, heart vessels and tissue show mending http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3277225 Check the Score  http://stemcellresearch.org/ Diseases Treated Now with Cord Blood Stem Cells http://www.viacord.com/what_diseases_treated.htm Why Cord Blood is the Premier Source of Stem Cellshttp://www.viacord.com/what_why_premier_source.htm   Adult & Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Research Breakthroughs, Treatments and Cures as of 4/05 Spinal Cord Injuries – olfactory glial cells from the lining of the patient’s nose (1,2) or from umbilical cord stem cells (3) Skull Bone Repair – girl’s own bone and adult stem cells to repair 19 sq in. of her skull (4) Liver Repair – adult stem cells (5) Heart Muscle Regeneration – adult stem cells (6, 7, 8, 9) Blindness/Sight Regained – adult stem cell transplants (10) Crohn’s Disease – adult stem cells from patients’ own blood (11) Systemic Lupus – 90% of 19 patients with autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, are in remissionor have improved after treatment with their own blood stem cells (12) Multiple Sclerosis – one patient improved after treatment with his own adult blood stem cells (13) Parkinson’s – average improvement of 61% increase of coordination and fewer symptoms after transplants of the patient’s own neuronal stem cells (14) Leukemia – 14 of 18 patients freed of the disease; stem cells from umbilical cord blood (15) Sickle Cell Anemia – “Hematopoietic adult stem cells successfully treated over 200 patients. The success rate has been 80-85%.” (16) Rheumatoid Arthritis – patient free of the disease one year after treatment with her sister’s adult stem cells....

May 2005: Stem Cell Research

Dramatic Uses for Adult Stem Cells – Bibliography Adult Stem Cells to be Tested in Repairing Human Heart Muscle For the first time, scientists will be able to see whether injections of bone marrow stem cells can actually help rebuild weakened human heart muscle. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will inject the cells into five to 10 heart-failure patients when the patients are implanted with a left ventricular assist device, a heart pump meant to sustain them until they can receive a heart transplant. The stem cells will be obtained from each patient’s own bone marrow… Lead investigator Dr. Amit Patel, director of cardiac cell therapy centers at UPMC and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, said no other researchers have received approval from the FDA to use stem cells this way. According to co-investigator Dr. Robert Kormos, medical director of the McGowan Institute, the purpose of the new trial is to put stem cells into areas of damaged cardiac tissue and then, when the heart is removed to be replaced with a donor organ, see what they did. The diseased heart will be removed when a donor organ is available for transplant, perhaps six to nine months later, so the researchers will be able to see the impact of the injected cells. “No one has ever done this in the world,” Kormos said. In a study conducted in South America, he added, Patel “has already shown the hearts improved, but it’s hard to understand why.” In January, Patel presented findings from a South American multicenter study in which bone marrow-derived stem cells were injected into...

Real People and Adult Stem Cell Therapies (2004)

Here’s a sampling, from late 2004, of real people who have greatly benefited from, or been cured by, adult stem cell therapies. Adult stem cells come from various tissues and organs in the human body (without adverse effects), or from the placenta or umbilical cord blood preserved after the birth of a baby. These are all ethical sources of stem cells. [Keep in mind that unethical, embryo-destructive stem cell research has, as yet, produced not one successful therapy.] Spinal Cord Injuries Laura D. and Susan F. both paralyzed in car accidents, can now walk with the aid of braces or a “walker” frame. Dr. Carlos Lima of Portugal has successfully treated these women and dozens of other patients by transplanting stem cells from their own olfactory mucosa to the site of the spinal cord injury. Their rehabilitation continues, with the goal of being able to walk unassisted. Melissa Holley, whose spinal cord was severed in an auto accident, was treated in Israel with macrophages from her own blood, and has regained  muscle movement and bladder control. Hwang Mi-soon of South Korea now walks with a frame after being paralyzed for 20 years. She received transplanted umbilical cord blood stem cells at the site of her spinal injury. Heart attack damage Dmitri Bonnville and perhaps 100 other patients in the U.S., Germany, Brazil, and France have been treated with their own stem cells to regenerate heart muscle tissue that “died” during a heart attack or injury. The heart’s pumping ability was greatly improved in most cases. Corneal regeneration Michael May (blind 43 years), Jon Newton (blind 30 years), and Shawn Smith (blind 10 years).have...