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Posted in ALL ARTICLES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by David Granovsky

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Saving Stem Cells – Banking Stem Cells – From your teeth

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by David Granovsky

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Saving Stem Cells – Banking Stem Cells – From your teeth

Kristin Lowman

Megan Brown is no stranger to surgery. At 10 years old, Megan had a brain tumor

Megan says, “two surgeries to get the turmor out, now, I’m fine.”

So today’s wisdom teeth removal is nearly a walk in the park for Megan and her family.

But this procedure is special, because one day, it could save her life.

Megan says, “its been a recent discovery that your wisdom teeth contain stem cells. So I’m going to bank them.”

Dr. Robert Carpenter says, “in teeth, particularly dediuous baby teeth and wisdom teeth there is a tremendous quality of stem cells.”

There are two sources of stem cells, embryonic and adult. Obtaining embryonic stem cells is quite controversial while adult stem cells can be found in many organs and tissues in the body, including your teeth.

Living stem cells in extracted teeth are usually thrown out, but now, research shows saving those cells, could help with medical treatments down the road.

Dr. Carpenter uses a service called Stem Save, to harvest the stem cells.

Stem Save also tests the viability of those cells and cryogenically freezes them until they are needed.

Dr. Carpenter says, “you’re getting your own stem cells so there is no chance for rejection, no disease, and you can personalize them for any use you need throughout your life.”

Right now, dental stem cells are being used to treat MS, Parkinson’s, even liver and heart disease. Several hundred clinical trials are also underway around the world.

In just over a year, around 200 dentists across the country are using this service alone.

For Megan and her parents, its a safety net they are glad to have.

They start up cost for the service is around $600. Thats for testing the cells and for the first year of storage.

Right now, Dr. Carpenter says the service is not covered by insurance

via Saving Stem Cells – FOX23 News – The 10 O’Clock News.

www.Stemsave.com

My “Battle With” and “Victory Over” MS, by Preston Walker- Part 2

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by David Granovsky

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In May 2008, I went for an adult stem cell treatment for my MS. My symptoms included fatigue, depression, a cognitive “cloud” and heat intolerance. The treatment consisted of 5 intrathecal injections, 5 physical therapy sessions, a mini-liposuction where they removed my stem cells from the fat and later injected them into me intravenously.

Today, nearly a year later the only symptom left is an occasional cognitive “cloud” moment. I talked to as many media outlets as would listen. You can google “Preston Walker MS” and find some of the coverage. I am a police sergeant in Fort Worth, TX and am still employed!! I am very lucky the disease was caught early. There is a great deal of hope in the treatment. I won’t say I am cured but symptom free!!

Preston Walker

Congrats Preston! You are a tribute to the power of adult stem cells to repair and heal. Thanks for the testimony!  Keep up the good work of spreading the word and let me know if there is anything I can do for you! -dg

for more on this story:

http://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/stem-cell-research-talks-and-events-this-weekend/

http://donmargolis.com/blog/2009/01/stem-cell-treatment-keeps-helping-multiple-sclerosis-patient/

My “Battle With” and “Victory Over” MS, by Preston Walker- Part 1

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by David Granovsky
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Stem Cell Treatment Keeps Helping Multiple Sclerosis Patient

I started following the saga of Preston Walker and Richard Humphries in June 2008, just after they had returned from Costa Rica to receive Adult Stem Cells to treat their Multiple Sclerosis.

Both men felt improvement immediately after the stem cell treatment.  And they still seem to be doing well- almost 9 months after the treatment.  They are gaining a following among Multiple Sclerosis patients who are well aware of their exploits.  Both Preston and Richard have become  role models for others suffering from Multiple Sclerosis

And now, Preston was featured on his local Fort Worth/Dallas Television Station:

In 2001, Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, suffered from chronic fatigue, and began losing the use of his legs.

“I felt like my cognition was declining at a rapid pace,” Walker said. “I really felt at the end of last year that I wouldn’t be employed any longer because the cognition just wasn’t there.”

That feeling changed after his Adult Stem Cell therapy in Costa Rica:

For the first time ever, doctors took samples of their fat, drew stem cells from it, and reinjected it.  By the second injection the results were obvious.  The men had more energy than they’d had in years.  By the end of the treatment Humphries no longer needed a cane to walk.

The fatigue and leg problems were a thing of the past for Walker.  “I don’t suffer from any of those symptoms we talked about,” he said.  “The depression, the fatigue, the cognitive cloud¦ I mean it will still raise its ugly head occasionally, but it’s nowhere near everyday and every moment of everyday like it was.”

And hearing about Preston’s story is nice enough but read this part too:

Humphries admits there were risks in being test patients for the treatment.  “If we or somebody doesn’t become a guinea pig than how can that benefit others?” Humphries asked.

Since their treatment, dozens of others have followed in their footsteps to receive the benefits of stem cell transplants.

The full news story is here.

Preston and Richard’s Multiple Sclerosis blog is here.

Adult Stem Cells Are What Work

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by David Granovsky

I think this Rep has been reading my blog and drinking the kool-aid! Only a few corrections to what he wrote. -dg

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Adult Stem Cells Are What Work

by Rep. J. Randy Forbes, 04/07/2009

Prof. Ian Wilmut of Edinburgh University is hardly a household name. However, most people would recognize his Nobel-Prize-winning scientific development. Prof. Wilmut was the individual who led the team that created the cloned sheep Dolly and pioneered a technique many would want to use for a type of embryonic stem-cell research. His action resulted in both uproar and applause all over the world and was instrumental in bringing the discussion of cloning and stem-cell research from the laboratory to the dinner table.

For years, the moral and ethical issue of destroying human embryos for scientific experimentation has been the biggest argument against embryonic stem-cell research.

(besides causing tumors and severe rejection issues -dg)

But now there is a new argument against embryonic stem-cell research: science.

Just recently, President Obama signed an executive order lifting the ban on the use of federal funds for embryonic stem-cell research, an act based more on politics than it was on science. (Private funding for this research has never been banned.) His action reignited the contentious issue for many individuals in the U.S. — it also ignored the miracles we’ve seen in advancing science.

Adult stem-cells are derived from umbilical cords, wisdom teeth, amniotic fluid, and various tissues, and they don’t hold the same ethical concerns that stem-cells taken from human embryos do. Over the years, adult stem cells have resulted in 73 successful treatments

(it’s up to 130+ now – dg)

for various diseases like Alzheimer’s, Type 1 Diabetes, Parkinson’s, and various forms of cancer.

A U.S. doctor, Amid (Amit – dg) Patel, has used adult stem cells to successfully treat over 1,800 patients who suffered from severe heart failure, dramatically increasing their quality of life and chances of survival. Two years ago, I met a man named Stephen Sprague, who had been treated for leukemia through the use of adult stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood. There are success stories like Dr. Patel’s and Stephen Sprague’s scattered across the globe where individuals have been treated for their diseases by adult stem cells, and the hope for future breakthroughs seems limitless. On the other hand, despite millions of dollars of research, not one — not one — embryonic stem-cell trial has resulted in the successful treatment of a human patient.

Perhaps most incredibly, though, is the fact that scientists have just recently figured out how to reprogram adult stem cells

(actually adult skin cells but they are turned into iPS and some argue that they must pass through an adult stem cell state while doing so – dg)

to the point where they function exactly like an embryonic stem cell. These cells, called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS), can do everything an embryonic stem cell is capable of, only without having to destroy a human embryo. Because of this development, there is likely no medical benefit that can come from embryonic stem-cell research that cannot be obtained from adult stem cells.

(this is way to broad a generalization.  how can we determine what we can learn from something unless it is studied? – dg)

IPS cells also have a greater advantage because they can be derived from a person’s own cells, so a patient’s body is less likely to reject the stem-cell treatment.

(while this is true, many IPS cells are from other peoples cells.  recent iPS cells come from foreskins of other people or allogenic cells as opposed to autologous cells – dg)

Science is truly outpacing the embryonic stem-cell debate. Scientists across the world who were once advocates of this research have reversed course. They overwhelmingly say the future of stem-cell research lies in iPS cells and adult stem cells. Dr. James Thompson, known as the father of embryonic stem-cell research, has said that “it’s probably the beginning of the end for that controversy.” In fact, even the sheep-cloning Prof. Wilmut has abandoned embryonic stem-cell experimentation saying that the use of iPS cells is “extremely exciting and astonishing” and shows more promise for the future.

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=31364/trackback/

Groundbreaking Stem cell therapy Phase II trial on damage heart tissue treatment

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2009 by David Granovsky

This is great news also…

but they have been treating MI with adult stem cells successfully in thailand, germany, china for almost 10 yrs now.  Catch UP! -dg

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On March 30, Dr. Roger Gammon, a cardiologist with Austin Heart cardiology group treated the first patient in the world( a 58-year-old Central Texas man) enrolled in a groundbreaking Phase II study. It is one of the nation’s first hospitals to test the new therapy.

The stem cell treatment is administered intravenously and typically takes less than an hour to complete.

The Austin Heart Hospital is one of the 40 hospitals in the nation to conduct this groundbreaking adult stem cell trial, and they are excited enough to lead the way in this important research.

The aim of the study is to test the effectiveness and safety of  administering adult stem cells intravenously to repair damaged heart tissue after a heart attack.

patients are injected with donated adult stem cells from the bone marrow of others. The stems cells are purified by Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., which markets them as a product called Prochymal.

Prochymal is being evaluated for its ability to treat heart damage caused by a heart attack. The active ingredient in the new treatment is adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs).  MSCs have the ability to develop into other types of cells and generate new tissue, including heart muscle.

Patients who are interested to participate in the study must receive the treatment within seven days of a heart attack.

Source: FoxBusiness

via Stem Cell Research Blog » Groundbreaking Stem cell therapy Phase II trial on damage heart tissue treatment.

Diseased Cartilage Harbors Unique Migratory Progenitor Cells

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2009 by David Granovsky

jointsScienceDaily (Apr. 2, 2009) — A new study finds previously unidentified fibrocartilage-forming progenitor cells in degenerating, diseased human cartilage, but not in cartilage from healthy joints. The research, published in the April 3rd issue of the journal Cell Stem Cell, provides valuable insights into the reparative potential of cartilage and may lead to development of regenerative therapies for arthritis.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is an incurable degenerative disease caused by a progressive deterioration of the cartilage that cushions and protects joints. “OA is the most common musculoskeletal disease in the elderly and is likely to be the fourth-leading cause of disability by the year 2020,” explains senior study author Dr. Nicolai Miosge from Georg August University in Goettingen, Germany. “This is our motivation for the further exploration of OA treatment options, including regenerative cell biological therapy.”…

via Diseased Cartilage Harbors Unique Migratory Progenitor Cells.