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Great work being done with adult stem cells : Everybody’s Column : The Buffalo News

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on May 27, 2010 at 9:47 am

Indeed! Well articulated Dr Yates! -dg

Great work being done with adult stem cells

Updated: May 24, 2010, 6:53 am /Published: May 24, 2010, 12:30 am

Kudos to The Buffalo News in reporting the recent advances in adult stem cell research being done at the University of Miami. Adult stem cells are infused around a damaged heart or an injured spinal cord with documented improvement to the damaged tissue.

Consider a woman’s trachea being rebuilt using her own adult stem cells, subsequently replacing her damaged one. In 2009, a team of American and Brazilian researchers used the adult stem cells from patients with type 1 diabetes and were successful in managing the diabetes for several years without the need of insulin injections. Similar studies are presently under way at two domestic research centers.

The ethical reality of using adult stem cells is that there is no destruction of a human embryo, coupled with the medical benefit that there is minimal risk of rejection because the person receiving treatment is using the adult stem cells from her own body (bone marrow, fatty tissue and other organs).

Let us hope that the media will be as quick to publish authentic scientific medical information regarding adult stem cells as it was in promoting the hyperbole of the unrealized hope of the embryonic stem cell.

Ferdinand D. Yates Jr., M. D.

via Great work being done with adult stem cells : Everybody’s Column : The Buffalo News.

New Disease Identified By Australian Researchers

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on May 27, 2010 at 9:40 am

And now, stem cells are treating disease that we don’t even know about yet! – dg

New Disease Identified By Australian Researchers

Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) and the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital have identified a previously undiagnosed condition and successfully treated it by performing an experimental stem cell transplant.

Having spent her late teenage years in and out of hospital Katie Pulling had almost given up hope. “It was very confusing and very daunting. I kept hearing the doctors say, ‘We don’t know what is wrong’, ‘We don’t know why you are so sick’,” said Katie, who lives in north-eastern NSW.

With no options left Katie agreed to an experimental stem cell transplant – a transplant which ultimately saved her life.

“Katie presented with a range of symptoms when she was eleven. No one could identify her condition and no treatment had been successful. She did not respond to regular treatments and she continued to get sick, often complicated by life-threatening infections,” said Dr Maher Gandhi head of QIMR’s Clinical Immunohaemotology Laboratory.

The key to unlocking the reason for Katie’s reoccurring symptoms came when she contracted the common teenage virus that causes glandular fever. Usually most people come down with only a mild infection. However, Katie developed a full-blown version known as fulminant infectious mononucleosis (FIM)…

via New Disease Identified By Australian Researchers.

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