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Amniotic Fluid May Provide New Source of Stem Cells for Future Therapies –

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2009 by David Granovsky


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2009 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ —-For the first time, scientists have shown that amniotic fluid (the protective liquid surrounding an embryo) may be a potential new source of stem cells for therapeutic applications. The study was prepublished online on February 12, 2009, in Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology.

“Building on observations made by other scientists, our research team wondered whether stem cells could be detected in amniotic fluid. We looked at the capacity of these cells to form new blood cells both inside and outside the body, and also compared their characteristics to other well-known sources of stem cells,” said senior study author Marina Cavazzana-Calvo, MD, Ph.D., of INSERM, the national French institute for health and biomedical research. Isabelle Andre-Schmutz, Ph.D., of INSERM, also a senior author of the study, added, “The answer was a resounding ‘yes’ – the cells we isolated from the amniotic fluid are a new source of stem cells that may potentially be used to treat a variety of human diseases.”

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Posted in ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2009 by David Granovsky


Dr Mehmet Oz says to Michael J Fox, Oprah & ~7.2 million viewers:

“I think, Oprah, the stem cell debate is dead.”

“The problem with embryonic stem cells is that embryonic stem cells come from embryos, like all of us are made from embryos, and those cells can become any cell in the body, but it’s very hard to control them and so they can become cancer.”

“I can take a little bit of your skin, take those cells, get them to go back in time so they are like they were when you were first made, and then they will start to make that dopamine & I think those cells, because they won’t be as prone to cancer & because they’re your genes will be the ones that are ultimately used to cure Parkinsons.”

“I think we are single digit years away from making a big impact in the lives of Parkinson’s disease but also diabetics, heart disease, people who have had a lot of problems.”

you can see the video here:


Posted in ALL ARTICLES, CELEBRITIES & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES with tags , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by David Granovsky

Does the end justify the means?  It has come to this.  I’ve resorted to name calling and insults in the hopes that this gets to Mr Fox and he opens his eyes to the benefits of adult stem cells for treating Parkinson’s Disease.

I respect and admire Mr Fox too much to sit idly by while he chases the pipe dream of embryonic stem cell treatments.

You call yourself a leader in Parkinson’s disease treatment discovery, Mr Fox?


You are leading the multitude of sufferers of Parkinson’s disease, who hold you in such high esteem, off a cliff and into the sea.

How many patients must go to China and return “with a significant reduction in their debilitating Parkinson’s disease symptoms” before you take heed?

I apologize for this sophmoric and crude tact but the ends WILL justify the means…if you hear this.


David Granovsky

American and European Parkinson’s Sufferers Find Chinese Stem Cell Treatment Effective, Proving Western Debates Moot

Westerners Return from Beijing’s World-Class Stem Cell Treatment Hospital with Clear Improvement, Giving Hope Not Found at Home


BEIJING, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Tiantan Puhua Neurosurgical Hospital, the world’s leading center for effective treatment of Parkinson’s disease using adult retinal stem cells, today here announced that four more international patients returned home from China with a significant reduction in their debilitating Parkinson’s disease symptoms. These success stories clearly demonstrate stem cells can effectively be used to treat afflictions like Parkinson’s in addition to many other neurological disorders. More details and videos of the four patients’ progress can be found at

While debates over stem cells continue in many countries, Western clinical trials have so far found the use of adult retinal stem cells to be the best chance for Parkinson’s sufferers to gain a better quality of life. Chinese neurologists at Tiantan Puhua Hospital are among those worldwide leading the implementation of this cutting-edge science through safe and effective treatment. Following Penny Thomas of Hawaii, who benefited from the hospital’s stem cell treatment a year ago, four more patients have now come home to better lives in the United States and Europe after treatment at Tiantan Puhua Hospital in Beijing.

Jane Edwards, a 55-year-old United Kingdom citizen, saw comparatively dramatic improvement in her debilitating Parkinson’s symptoms almost immediately after a minimally invasive injection that implanted millions of high-quality adult hRPE (human Retinal Pigment Epithelial) cells. The procedure utilizes the latest stereotactic technology. This cutting edge three-dimensional imaging system assists doctors in locating the most appropriate area of the brain or other nerve center to implant the cells…

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Michael J. Fox is missing the forest and the trees

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , on February 20, 2009 by David Granovsky

Who doesn’t love Michael J. Fox? I just wish someone would slap him in the head and tell both him and his foundation that adult stem cells have been treating Parkinson’s successfully for years.  Don’t wait for the improbability of embryonics producing a treatment.  The top ESC scientist say that day s 10-50 years away.  C’mon Mike.  Act like the fighter I know you are and hop on the plane to China and get yourself some adult stem cells.  Please? -DG




February 13, 2:43 PM -by Andy Williamson, Celebrity Profile Examiner

There are certain actors for whom our affection is deepened simply because we watched them grow up. Jodie Foster, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ron Howard come to mind. Yet, even this short list would be incomplete without mentioning Michael J. Fox.

Best known for his roles on the television series Family Ties and Spin City, and his portrayal of Marty McFly in three Back to the Future movies, Michael semi-retired from acting in 2000 due to the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Since that time, Michael has been a strong advocate of Parkinson’s disease research. He started The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which seeks to cure the disease through the use of embryonic stem cells.  While he supported numerous politicians whose stance on the controversial issue would have allowed such research to continue, it has not, as of this writing, been approved.  In October of 2006, three of those ads were called out by pill-popping blowhard conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who accused Michael of being “either off his medication or he’s acting.” Limbaugh later tried to save face recanted, by saying that he would apologize to Fox “if I am wrong in characterizing his behavior on this commercial as an act.” Michael responded to the offensive and insensitive comment, by saying, “… it’s difficult for people who don’t have Parkinson’s, or don’t know about Parkinson’s, to understand the symptoms and the way they work and the way medication works.  You get what you get on any given day.”

via Celebrity Profile Examiner: Michael J. Fox.

And don’t forget that the “The Stem Cell Blog” ( can now be found under the Health category of


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