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Umbilical Cord Blood & Cord Blood Stem Cell Therapy: In Something Amiss?

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 25, 2009 at 7:19 pm

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Umbilical Cord Blood & Cord Blood Stem Cell Therapy: In Something Amiss?

How government policies are sending sick folks to Forest Lawn unnecessarily. Government regulations & policies and agency interpretation of those is often contradictory and even counter-progressive. As a result many folks with incurable illnesses are dying sooner than might otherwise be the case. This article lays it all out.

ScienceDirect – Medical Hypotheses : Experimental regimen targeting the ependyma slows disease progression in four patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm
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Experimental regimen targeting the ependyma slows disease progression in four patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Anthony G. Payne

aWeller Health Institute and Laboratory, 3103 South El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92673, USA

In this paper the author proposes that at least some forms of sporadic ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) arise due to the effects of neurotoxic compounds synthesized by defective ependymal cells in the brain. These cells produce cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that is laden with neurotoxic compounds that bring about motor neuron die-off. Evidence is garnered from various animal studies to demonstrate the toxicity of CSF taken from ALS patients and by virtue of the proposed mechanism (defective ependymal cells).

In addition, a regimen created by the author is introduced; a regimen that has been used by four (4) sporadic ALS patients since 2005 resulting in what appears to be a slowing of disease progression. All four patients have significantly outlived best estimates of their survival tendered by their neurologists.

via ScienceDirect – Medical Hypotheses : Experimental regimen targeting the ependyma slows disease progression in four patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The Science Creative Quarterly » STEM CELL RESEARCH (AS IMAGINED BY ITS OPPONENTS)

In ALL ARTICLES on February 25, 2009 at 6:07 pm

What could I possible say about this that it doesn’t say already! – DG

EVIL SCIENTIST

EVIL SCIENTIST

By Jason Silverstein

I. THE HEADQUARTERS OF SCIENCE (EUROPE)

– Hand me the abortion elixir.

– But – but Master, it has yet to finish bubbling.

– What in the Darwin?! Here, hold another burning Bible below it. It usually takes three or four.

– But why can’t we use these perfectly suitable adult stem cells? I have an entire briefcase right here.

– Because if we cure these diseases, then we’ll be out of business for good! That’s why!

– I’m so glad you have no common sense.

– Yes, I am extremely arrogant. I refuse to accept anything not in a textbook.

– Dolly Almighty, did you see this fax? It’s from Hollywood. A rush order for three thousand more designer baby arms!

– Well, this is certainly the first time I’ve supported the right to bare arms!

– Oh, Master!

II. THE PLAYBOY MANSION

– Thanks for inviting me to this science sex party.

– You’re so funny. You are my sex slave that I cloned from stem cells.

– What?! That can’t be true.

– Look at your feet. You are still standing in the petri dish.

– I’m a – I’m a clone? How did you –

– I needed but a single human hair, just like in Superman IV. Movies are completely accurate portrayals of modern science.

– Why would you do this to me?

– Because I am a scientist and it is my job to hurt people.

– This water from the Playboy Grotto – it isn’t getting me wet.

– That’s because I made you water-resistant, so you could never be baptized!

How’s that for intelligent design!

– You scientific bastard!

III. THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

– We have a situation.

– What is it?

– Well, when we were growing the soulless babies for spare parts–

– Yes?

– …

– Out with it, damn it!

– Well, we found something – something science can’t explain.

– Destroy it. Destroy it, immediately.

– But Professor Luciferre –

– Immediately.

via The Science Creative Quarterly » STEM CELL RESEARCH (AS IMAGINED BY ITS OPPONENTS).

Portrait of an angel – CHRISTINE SCHNEIDER, RN

In ALL ARTICLES, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm

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CHRISTINE SCHNEIDER, RN -Sunday, February 15, 2009

• Job: Therapeutic hemapheresis supervisor,

Atlanta Blood Services -BARRY WILLIAMS / AJC Special

Christine Schneider is a therapeutic hemapheresis supervisor at Atlanta Blood Services.

• What I do: “I provide apheresis procedures (separating whole blood into its components and taking away a particular component) to patients with various blood disorders, or on donors giving blood, plasma or platelets. I also perform peripheral blood stem-cell collections on patients undergoing bone marrow transplant and donors of stem cells.

“As supervisor, I manage staff competencies and training, update standard operating procedures, schedule patients and institute new guidelines and regulations.”

• What got me interested in this: “I started out as a patient care technician, working in dialysis and renal transplant, and that inspired me to become a nurse. I loved getting to know my patients during the four to five procedures and being a part of their lives every week.

“When I moved to Georgia from New Jersey, I learned about apheresis and took a position at Atlanta Blood Services, which is affiliated with Northside Hospital. It’s not unlike dialysis, but whereas dialysis cleans the blood, we are separating it and taking out different parts.”

• Best part of the job: “I get to work on just about every floor of the hospital — critical care, intensive care, oncology, neurology, cardiac, obstetrics — and with all kinds of patients. My motto is, ‘Have wheels will travel,’ and every day is different.

“Sometimes I am one of the first people patients encounter after being diagnosed. They’re often scared and I get to provide education and help them through this difficult time. I even talk to unconscious patients. When they wake, they often say they know me. What they know is the sound of my voice.

“The diseases we treat are life-threatening, so knowing that I have just helped someone live, or that I have just provided comfort to someone, is a feeling greater than words can describe.”

• Most challenging part of the job: “A patient’s unique case can alter the outcome of the procedure. No two procedures are the same, and you may encounter a problem at any time.

“What we do is heavily regulated by different agencies, and that comes with a lot of paperwork. There is always change in this field, and that keeps me on my toes at all times.”

• What people don’t know about my job: “Most people don’t know what apheresis means or that it is a treatment option for many blood diseases. Stem-cell collection is a rescue for people receiving high-dose chemotherapy and, without it, they can’t survive.”

• What keeps me going: “My patients. They need these treatments, and I want to help.

“I was privileged to attend a bone-marrow transplant survivors’ reunion recently and it was exhilarating. I got to meet patients and their families from six years ago. Their gratitude will forever live in my heart.”

• Preparation needed: Most people who work in apheresis are registered nurses with dialysis or bone marrow transplant experience.

via CHRISTINE SCHNEIDER, RN | ajc.com.

“Brain Death” Test Causes Brain Necrosis and Kills Patients: Neurologist to Rome Conference

In ALL ARTICLES on February 25, 2009 at 4:10 pm

A gruesome fairy tale…

You’ve been in a car accident and your family is rushing to your side from all over the country.  You’re on oxygen and you may be brain damaged and the question arises: is their blood circulating in your brain or are you brain dead?  Your organ donor card is in the hands of “”organ procurement agent” who is hovering impatiently.  What happens next?

The hospital shuts off your oxygen for 10 minutes to see if you can begin breathing on your own.  While they wait and watch, your brain cells start dying…first in small numbers and then in the millions as brain necrosis (death) sets in.  After ten minutes of oxygen deprivation, your brain is pronounced officially dead and the organ procurement agent steps forward…

Does this sound like a gruesome fairy tale? It’s not.  This is the standard “apnoea test” based on the need to determine “brain death”, adopted world-wide and developed at Harvard University in 1968…and due to this test “The lives of thousands of human beings, including children, adolescents and young adults, are lost every year in each country” (Dr. Coimbra) – DG

Does this sound unbelievable? Read on…

brain“Brain Death” Test Causes Brain Necrosis and Kills Patients: Neurologist to Rome Conference

By Hilary White – Rome correspondent

ROME, February 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – One of the medical world’s key diagnostic tools for determining “brain death” preliminary to organ retrieval, actually causes the severe brain damage it purports to determine, neurologist Dr. Cicero Coimbra told attendees at a conference held in Rome last week. With the so-called “apnoea test,” Coimbra said, brain damaged patients who might be recoverable are deprived of oxygen for up to ten minutes, rendering the injuries to the brain irreversible.

“Diagnostic protocols for brain death actually induce death in patients who could recover to normal life by receiving timely and scientifically based therapies,” Dr. Coimbra, head of the Neurology and Neurosurgery Department at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, told the participants at the “Signs of Life” conference on “brain death.”

Addressing an assembly of about 170 physicians, philosophers, ethicists, lawyers, students, journalists, and clergy, including two Catholic cardinals, Dr. Coimbra said that it is the apnoea test, routinely applied to patients who have suffered acute brain injuries, that frequently causes “brain necrosis,” or permanent and irrecoverable brain damage that is accepted as “brain death”.

The test is applied in emergency rooms or ICUs, often with an “organ procurement agent” standing by to ask relatives for approval for organ retrieval. A patient who needs assistance breathing is removed from the ventilator for up to ten minutes, cutting off oxygen to the brain and slowing the heart rate. If the patient fails to begin breathing without assistance after this time, he is declared “brain dead” and his organs may be legally removed.

Since the world-wide adoption of the “brain death” criteria, developed at Harvard University in 1968, Dr. Coimbra said, “The lives of thousands of human beings, including children, adolescents and young adults, are lost every year in each country.”

via “Brain Death” Test Causes Brain Necrosis and Kills Patients: Neurologist to Rome Conference.

Stem Cell Research Saves Kentucky Girl With Batten Disease

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 25, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Posted 25 February, 2009 in Batten Disease

Hailey Goranflo, a 6 year old girl suffering from Batten Disease is now back in China a second time to receive cord blood stem cells (Adult Stem Cells) to try and help her condition even more. Her mother says the first trip to China to receive stem cell therapy saved her life.

Hailey went to China last year and according to this stem cell news story here:

Before the stem cell treatment:

* Hailey was averaging 500 seizures per day

* Doctors said she wouldn’t live much longer

After the Cord Blood Stem Cells were implanted in China:

* Hailey has 5 seizures per day

* Has reversed damage done and has gained 10 pounds

Hailey’s mother Miranda says “They saved her life. The doctors in China saved her life. We know that.”

Strong words coming from the mother of a child. What did the doctors in the United States have to offer?

Going back to China for more stem cell therapy

And for those of you who think it is a scam, they are back in China now for more stem cell therapy from Adult Stem Cells. To get fooled once by a so called “scam” is one thing, but to go back to China for more? The only logical explanation is that the Goranflos have deduced (correctly) the stem cell research and treatment is more advanced in China than it is in the United States.

Dr. Mark Freedman, the doctor in Canada doing a study to treat MS (in which one person died out of 18 patients) said previously that this same stem cell treatment center in China is “dangerous in the wrong hands,” he said. “The only reason these places could be in existence is to take people’s money and offer them something that’s unproven.”

It may be “unproven” in the New England Journal of Medicine, but to people like the Goranflos and thousands of others who have gone to China for stem cell treatment, it is proven to them. And until this treatment is available in the United States, Americans (and others) like the Goranflos will have to keep going overseas to get the only treatment that can help.

via Adult Stem Cell Research.

State of the Union – my 20 day anniversary!

In ALL ARTICLES, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 25, 2009 at 2:23 pm

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A brief look at where The Stem Cell Blog is and where it has come from in only 20 days…

For the past 3 days I have been ranked on the first page of google blog search for keyword “stem cell”.

Word is getting out and people seem to like what I have to say.  I am averaging a 20-30% increase in traffic volume  per day.

I have 82 posts on my blog that are specifically Stem Cell Victories.  I am in awe of the power of adult stem cells to treat and heal.

Always remember that there will always be resistance to changing the established and traditional paths but it is the responsibility of the people to always question those paths and to ensure that they are indeed being taken care of.  No man is a better advocate for himself, then himself.

David Granovsky, STEM CELL BLOGGER https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com

For all things Stem Cell – news, patient advocacy, treatment information, science, politics, religion and more!

Researchers make nerve cells from new stem cells | Science | Reuters

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 25, 2009 at 1:24 pm

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iPSC - neural stem cells

Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:23pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Researchers said on Tuesday they had made a type of nerve cell out of ordinary skin cells in a new approach to stem cell research.

They made motor neurons out of induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells — a type of cell made from ordinary skin cells that resembles human embryonic stem cells (only in that they can become any kind of cell in the body.  iPS cells are NOT embryonic cells! They are adult stem cells that are similar to embryonic only in their pluripotency.  This is a good thing. – dg).

Scientists hope that iPS cells might offer a substitute for embryonic stem cells and a short-cut to tailored medical therapy for a range of diseases.

Motor neurons make muscles contract, and being able to make new motor neurons might help treat diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, the team at the University of California Los Angeles reported.

“IPS-derived cells appeared to follow a normal developmental progression associated with motor neuron formation,” they wrote in the journal Stem Cells…

nore here  Researchers make nerve cells from new stem cells | Science | Reuters.

First human trial of stem cell-based red blood cells under way – Related Stories – AABB SmartBrief

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 25, 2009 at 1:03 pm

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French researchers have started enrolling patients for the first human clinical trial of red blood cells that were derived from stem cells obtained from umbilical cord blood and adult bone marrow. The study will compare the life span of the red blood cells in humans with that of normal red blood cells and transfused donor blood cells. Chemical & Engineering News (02/23)

via First human trial of stem cell-based red blood cells under way – Related Stories – AABB SmartBrief.

David Granovsky, STEM CELL BLOGGER https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com

For all things Stem Cell – news, patient advocacy, treatment information, science, politics, religion and more!

Stemedica Advances its Certification to Become a Licensed Manufacturer of Adult Stem Cells for U.S. Based Clinical Trials

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 25, 2009 at 12:14 pm
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Stemedica Advances its Certification to Become a Licensed Manufacturer of Adult Stem Cells for U.S. Based Clinical Trials

Stemedica Cell Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has filed with the Food and Drug Branch of the State of California’s Department of Public Health for certification as a licensed manufacturer of adult stem cells for U.S.-based Phase I and Phase II Clinical Trials. Becoming a Licensed Manufacturer of clinical grade adult stem cells is a significant scientific and medical step forward for the Company

“Completion of this certification will allow us to manufacture stem cells under contract for clinical trials for Stemedica as well as for other companies and research centers in California and across the United States. This marks a significant milestone along the journey toward the future availability of stem cell treatment for patients who so urgently need it,” said Dr. Maynard Howe, Vice Chairman and CEO at Stemedica.

via Stemedica Advances its Certification to Become a Licensed Manufacturer of Adult Stem Cells for U.S. Based Clinical Trials.

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