April – February 2014: Stem Cell & Cloning Research

    NEW! Amazing New Spinal Cord Implant Revives Legs of 4 Paralyzed Men Save a Baby’s Life, Save Two Lives with Umbilical Cord Blood Error Eventually Promotes Truth …  [Ed. While this is actually not a stem cell success, it is a regenerative success, nonetheless!] Amazing New Spinal Cord Implant Revives Legs of 4 Paralyzed Men Improvement is generally thought of in a positive light. Medical technology has improved to help people’s lives in all sorts of ways… Four men who were completely paralyzed below the waist are now able to move their legs, toes and lift up to 100 kilograms with their legs. These men are part of a group who have received electrical implants which have “reawakened” their spinal cords. New Scientist explains how the breakthrough technology works: The device – an array of electrodes – is implanted not at the point of injury, but in the still intact lumbosacral region of the spinal cord, which is the main information hub linking the brain to the lower limbs. Despite being crushed, Angeli says, the spinal cord and its associated nerve connections retain huge capacity to continue sending messages.   …     Angeli says the implant restores what in healthy people would be the resting potential of the spinal cord – the baseline electrical activity that keeps the cord alert, but which wanes through lack of use in people who are paralysed.     Once this background electrical impetus is restored artificially, the cord reawakens and can register the brain’s “intent” to move and convert this into fine movement at the motor neuron level. And by modulating the voltage...

July – April 2011: Stem Cell Research

  FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU…   NEW! Adult Stem Cells Helping Patients With Scleroderma Skin Disease NEW! Adult Stem Cell Trial in Texas Will Treat Stroke Patients Adult Stem Cell Success: Cells Relieve Heart Pain in Patients Adult Stem Cells Help Create New Windpipe, Save Cancer Patient Scientists Grow Human Heart in Lab Using Adult Stem Cells Early Trial Shows Adult Stem Cells Healing Hearts SKIN: National Geographic Program Shows Skin Gun Sprays Healing Adult Stem Cells Girl Cured of Brain Cancer Using Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Success: Human Neurons From Adult Skin Cells Good News and Bad News for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Immediate Success: Adult Stem Cells are Treating Thousands of Patients Now Ethical Stem Cell Research… Adult Stem Cells Helping Patients With Scleroderma Skin Disease Dr. Richard Burt and colleagues at Northwestern University have just published a new study in The Lancet that provides more evidence for the success of adult stem cell transplant in treating system sclerosis (scleroderma). The autoimmune disease causes rigidity in the skin and organs, including lungs, of its victims; it exerts its fatal influence by essentially turning them to stone. Ten patients were treated with their own adult stem cells, and all improved at or before 12 months after treatment, compared with zero of the nine patients that received cyclophosphamide, a chemotherapeutic agent considered the “standard of care” for this disease. None of the adult stem cell-treated patients had their disease worsen, while 8 of the 9 chemo-treated patients showed worsening, and eventually 7 of the chemo patients switched to the adult stem cell...

August 2008: Stem Cell Research

Her Own Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells Help Toddler with Cerebral Palsy New Technique Produces Genetically Identical Stem Cells NEW! Stem Cell Researchers Make ALS (Lou Gehrig's) Advances Without Destroying Human Embryos / iPS Cells from ALS Patient an Advance, But It's Not the First Patient-Specific Stem Cell Pining for Clones, Whining for Eggs… CORD BLOOD STEM CELLS HELP TODDLER WITH CEREBRAL PALSY. Umbilical-cord blood has been used to treat 2-year-old Chloe Levine, who was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that prevented her from using the right side of her body. Two months after the AZ toddler was infused with stem cells from her own umbilical-cord blood, Levine has made a 50 percent recovery and is walking, running and able to use her right hand.  Dawn Vargo, bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said: “Chloe's recovery demonstrates that is it possible to treat children suffering from life-altering diseases without destroying young lives through destructive embryonic stem-cell research.”   More Info: http://www.citizenlink.org/content/A000004778.cfm [28July08, http://www.citizenlink.org/CLNews/A000007897.cfm]     NEW TECHNIQUE PRODUCES GENETICALLY IDENTICAL STEM CELLS. Adult cells of mice that were made from iPS (induced Pluripotent Stem) genetically reprogrammed cells can be triggered via drug to enter an embryonic-stem-cell-like state, without the need for further genetic alteration. The discovery is reported in Nature Biotechnology. "This technical advancement will allow thousands of identical reprogrammed cells to be used in experiments," says Marius Wernig, one of the paper's two lead authors and a postdoctoral researcher in Whitehead Member Rudolf Jaenisch's lab. "Using these cells could help define the milestones of how cells are reprogrammed and screen for drug-like molecules that...

July – June 2008: Stem Cell Research

NEW! Auto-Immune Adult Stem Cell Success Stories 2008 Update NEW! Bone-Healing Adult Stem Cell Success Stories 2008 Update NEW! Sickle Cell Disease Adult Stem Cell Success Stories 2008 Update Breakthrough: Sticks and Stones May Break Bones, but Study Shows Adult Stem Cells Can Heal Them Researchers to Test Use of Stem Cells to Treat Crohn's Disease Child's Own Stem Cells Restore His Sight Adult Stem Cell Research Shows Gains in Treating Lou Gehrig's Disease FDA Delays Company's Bid for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trials World's First Cloned Horse Gives Birth to Supposedly Healthy Foal NEW! Ethical Creation of Embryonic-Like Stem Cells Sees Another Breakthrough Britain May OK Scientists' Human Cloning Using Patients' Cells But Without Their Consent New Jersey Pulls Back on Embryonic Stem Cell Funding NEW! Thousands of "Tourists" Desperate for Unproven "Cures" From Stem Cells of Destroyed Human Embryos Capitol Hill Briefing by Patients and the Doctor who Treated Them on the Therapeutic Benefits Already Being Realized with Adult Stem Cell Treatments NEW! Adult Stem Cell Findings Offer New Hope For Parkinson's Cure NEW! The Aging Brain Helped By Injection Of Human Umbilical Cord Blood More Than One Kind Of Adult Stem Cell In Guts Blood Stem Cells Originate in the Placenta NEW! Scientists Say Animal Parts and Organs To Be Used in Humans… AUTO-IMMUNE ADULT STEM CELL SUCCESS STORIES 2008 UPDATE: JANUARY-JUNE by William L. Saunders, Jr., David Prentice, Simona Beskova, and Martin Kolesar[1] For the entire article, visit… http://www.frc.org/insight/adult-stem-cell-sucess-stories-2008-jan-june We are pleased to present FRC's June update on advances in human treatments and research with adult stem cells.  This is the third report.  The...

November 2007: Stem Cell Research

NEW!  Dolly the Sheep Maker Ian Wilmut Abandons Cloning — New Technique May Make Cloning & ESCR Obsolete — 6 Articles Umbilical Cord Donation Helps Stem Cell Research Brain Stem Cells Restore Memory in Mice "Bionic" Nerve to Repair Injured Limbs  US Firm Proposes Using "Spare" Human Embryos For Stem Cell Experiments  Cord Blood Service to Debut in Pennsylvania… Dolly Creator Wilmut Abandons Cloning. Cloning pioneer Ian Wilmut says he will no longer use in stem cell research the technique that resulted in the creation of Dolly the sheep but will instead pursue another form of experimentation that does not require the destruction of embryos. Wilmut's announcement led some to speculate it might mark the "beginning of the end," as the British newspaper The Telegraph described it, for research, or therapeutic, cloning. Wilmut, who had received a license two years ago in Great Britain to clone human embryos, said he has discontinued his experiments in the cloning field in order to work on a technique developed in Japan that he believes has more potential to produce stem cells that could treat debilitating diseases, The Telegraph reported Nov. 16. The method Wilmut believes has a greater capability to result in therapies has been described as cell regression. The technique, pioneered by Shinya Yamanaka at Kyoto University, has been shown in experiments with mice to enable skin cells to be converted into cells with embryonic-like qualities, according to the newspaper. Such cells would have the advantage of not being rejected because they are the patient's own cells. "The work which was described from Japan of using a technique to change cells...