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STEM CELLS ‘CAN TREAT DIABETES’ is obscured by wet blanket!

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 15, 2009 at 11:30 pm

I am continuously amazed at the wet blanket attitude that is projected by so many in light of significant stem cell breakthroughs.

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First they say: “stem cell treatment has enabled patients with type 1 diabetes to go for as long as four years without insulin injections”

…pretty awesome huh?

Then they say: “the team warned the treatment may only work in those very recently diagnosed”

…oh, really…bummer.

Let’s just overlook that “recently diagnosed” actually means “recently developed symptoms” (I am fairly sure they don’t mean a 75 yr old grandmother who was “recently diagnosed” as having lived with diabetes for 55 years.) and as my friend the actuary likes to say: “Let’s just concentrate on the numbers.”

  • Diabetes Prevalence – Total: 23.6 million children and adults — 8.0% of the population — have diabetes. The total prevalence of diabetes increased 13.5% from 2005-2007.
  • Diagnosed: 17.9 million people
  • Undiagnosed: 5.7 million people (24%!)
  • Pre-diabetes: 57 million people
  • 1.6 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2007.

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-statistics.jsp

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Ok, those are the numbers….So how SHOULD this article have been written?

How about…

World celebrates as new results prove diabetes pandemic can be stopped in it’s tracks with early detection!  Government to spend 10 million on improved early diabetes detection. (wait, where would they get the money…oh!) Money to be saved from not having to spend 100 million on late stage diabetes treatments.

Or….

5.7 million undiagnosed diabetes victims can now be saved from the trials of diabetes, amputation, blindness, kidney disease…etc with a single blood test.

Maybe you can come up with a different slant?

Point is; this is HUGE news!  Can we now cure every diabetic in the world?  No.  But we can potentially cure MILLIONS and this is a time for celebration for those people…and a time for optimism for the potential cures for others who are more advanced (as the science improves)…not a time for warnings of limitations.

But no, they stick to the glass is half empty position and say:
“It would be wrong to unnecessarily raise the hopes of people living with diabetes about a new treatment for the condition on the back of the evidence provided in this study.”

But you know what I think?

I think caution is good…but we are talking about people who are living with diabetes!  In my book, that makes them pretty damn tough already.  They are not little kittens and they don’t have to have their hopes “managed” or “spoon fed” to them.  In fact, raising their hopes may be EXACTLY what they need to survive through one more day of diabetes related pills and insulin, threats of blindness and amputation, reduction of lifespan, kidney and liver disease…etc. etc.

SO celebrate the victories, embrace the hope and ALWAYS remember:

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

And as far as false hope, there is no such thing. There is only hope or the absence of hope-nothing else. – Patti Davis

Stem cells ‘can treat diabetes’

A young woman injects herself with insulin

One patient was able to go for four years without insulin injections

An experimental stem cell treatment has enabled patients with type 1 diabetes to go for as long as four years without insulin injections, researchers say.

A US-Brazilian project with 23 patients found most were able to produce their own insulin after a transplant of stem cells from their own bone marrow.

Even those who relapsed needed less insulin than before.

But writing in the journal JAMA, the team warned the treatment may only work in those very recently diagnosed.

via NIGERIA DEBATE, FREE TALK, SHOW, PEOPLE, GROUP, CHAT, VOICE, STEM CELLS ‘CAN TREAT DIABETES’.

Britt’s fight against multiple sclerosis hits home for UNCW | StarNewsOnline.com | Star-News | Wilmington, NC

In ALL ARTICLES, CELEBRITIES & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 15, 2009 at 9:00 pm

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Britt’s fight against multiple sclerosis hits home for UNCW

Published: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 5:38 p.m.

Last Modified: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 5:38 p.m.

Bryan Britt is foremost on the minds of us who know him. We remember his prodigious home runs, first at Laney High School and later at UNC-Wilmington, where he holds both the career and single season records.

It is also why we also are saddened as he suffers from multiple sclerosis, which erodes the immune system and is considered irreversible.

From a special that aired on Today on NBC, Britt learned of an experimental treatment for MS, using bone marrow for a stem cell transplant to reset the immune system. Treatment also involves chemotherapy.

According to a Reuters story, 81 percent of patients in the early studies exhibited improvement.

According to the Reuters story, another study of 17 patients in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, also with MS in the aggressive stage, showed signs of remission two years following transplants.

via Britt’s fight against multiple sclerosis hits home for UNCW | StarNewsOnline.com | Star-News | Wilmington, NC.

California Stem Cell Report: Hearing on Stem Cell Education Measure Coming Up

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 15, 2009 at 6:48 pm

If only there were a stem cell children’s book available, geared towards stem cell education and awareness with a fun theme and an impartial stance.  If only…

Wait, there is!  In 2 weeks, that exact book will be available on about a dozen sites including Amazon!

Be the first on your block to get one!

-dg

Hearing on Stem Cell Education Measure Coming Up

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Legislation designed to make stem cell education a part of California’s state public school curriculum will be considered on April 29 by the state Senate Education Committee.

The measure, SB 471, cites the California stem cell agency and its research efforts as the impetus for for the proposal.

via California Stem Cell Report: Hearing on Stem Cell Education Measure Coming Up.

Horse stem-cell technique to be tested in people | Reuters

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 15, 2009 at 2:52 pm

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LONDON (Reuters) – A stem-cell repair technique that has already been used to fix hundreds of injured race horses is to be tested for the first time in people with damaged Achilles tendons.

Privately owned British biotech firm MedCell Bioscience said on Wednesday it would start clinical tests within 12 months and planned to run a larger confirmatory study at several European hospitals in 2011.

Patients will receive injections containing millions of their own stem cells, which have been extracted and multiplied up in a laboratory, and can regenerate new tissue to repair damaged regions.

More than 1,500 race horses have been treated using the same process and follow-up data suggests a 50 percent reduction in re-injury over a three year period, compared with conventional treatment.

“The move from clinical veterinary to human medicine is inspiring and unusual — we normally see the translation happening the other way around,” said Nicola Maffulli, an orthopaedic surgeon and leading expert in sports medicine, who will help conduct the trial.

via Horse stem-cell technique to be tested in people | Reuters.

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Jellyfish and Firefly give birth to Flourescent Green Mice

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 15, 2009 at 2:13 am

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A Unique Weird Double Labeled Transgenic Mouse Model Sheds on Stem Cell Research, Mar 3, 2009

A wired double-labeled transgenic mouse has recently been created by Dr. Qisheng Tu and colleagues in Chen lab at Tufts University. They have bred fluorescent green mice with mice bearing bone specific luciferase-mediated bioluminescence. Dr. Tu says the fluorescence will make it easier to monitor the process of stem cell treatments—the stem cells will glow, whereas firefly-like bioluminescence will switched on as transplanted stem cells form new bones.

The mice have a GFP gene from a coral jellyfish and a luciferase marker from a firefly. By scanning the mouse using Xenogen IVIS in vivo imaging system which allows real-time, non-invasive exploration of genes and cells in living animals, GFP imagine is used to track the fate and migration of transplanted bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs), whereas luciferase imagine serves as a marker for osteogenic differentiation of the transplanted BMSCs because the luciferase-mediated bioluminescence will only be appearing in newly formed bones. This is an exciting breakthrough in studying stem cells as it permits the determination of where these cells originate and how they undergo osteogenic differentiation. It is anticipated that this unique mouse model will greatly facilitate stem cells research. via Science News Online

via A Unique Weird Double Labeled Transgenic Mouse Model Sheds on Stem Cell Research – Topix.

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