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In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on January 25, 2013 at 9:05 am

One day, people will use stem cell treatments as the first course of action instead of the last and save themselves a lot of money, time and suffering.  We can only hope! – DG

“I need money for my stem cell transplant. That’s kind of my last option. I’ve tried everything else.” – Cat David

Cat Davis

Cat Davis receives stem cell transplant

Published On: Jan 24 2013 04:43:05 AM PST  Updated On: Jan 24 2013 04:40:32 PM PST

SPOKANE, Wash. –

It’s an incredible day of victory for a Spokane woman, who thought she may not live to see it. Cat Davis, whose story we’ve been following since last fall, has now received the stem-cell transplant that will likely save her life.

Four months ago, it looked like today would never come. Four months ago, Cat sat in her North Spokane living room and said, “I need money for my stem cell transplant. That’s kind of my last option. I’ve tried everything else.”

Scleroderma had taken so much away from the vibrant woman in her mid-20’s. Her skin and organs have been hardening for years, her esophagus was so narrowed, she couldn’t eat solid foods. Every day was a race against the clock. If the disease goes too far in her heart and lungs, there’s nothing they can do. Time and money were against her. So were the odds.

Spokane rallied. Through coffee and pizza and fun runs and ice cream, the community raised more than $170,000 to help pay for the transplant and other medical expenses. They were touched by her smile and positive attitude. Her story stretched around the world.

Thursday morning in a hospital room in Chicago, Cat got that stem-cell transplant, marking the first day of the rest of her life.

“Transplant is complete! Cat has 14.2 million brand new baby cells circulating in her blood stream It all went as planned.” Cat’s mom Sally emailed those words to Cat’s friends and family Thursday morning. The past few days have been hell for Cat, as chemotherapy killed off her immune system and made her terribly sick. Cat’s mom counted down the days leading to transplant day as “minus one” and “minus two” and so forth.

Thursday, a new day.

“A long battle lies ahead,” Sally wrote. “We will win the victory. This is Day 0. From now on we count the days as pluses. No more minuses.”

Now, the recovery. Cat will spend the next 10 days or so in Chicago, recovering. Then, it’s back to Spokane for a long road to full strength. Cat and her family feel the love and prayers all the way from Spokane. Cat’s family and friends decorated her room with purple hearts, made at Ben and Jerry’s in Spokane during a fundraising drive last year.

“We have saved them all this time for this day,” Sally Davis wrote. “They are precious. One of my favorite says, “Fight like a girl!”

She’s been fighting long enough. Now, it’s time for Cat to rest and get well. And, know that everyone in Spokane is behind her.

Her journey so far has touched so many lives. Now, it’s time to save her own.


Stem Cell Technology Treating Many Degenerative Diseases…In Pets

In ALL ARTICLES on March 31, 2011 at 10:14 am

Technology is giving us many new inventions daily. One such recent invention of world class manufacturing technology has been made by Medivet Pty Ltd. The Research and Development Division of the company has introduced a new procedure with the help of which, the veterinarians can extract, process and activate an animal’s own adult stem cells by injecting them back again into the animal’s own body.

Medivet has recently introduced this unique procedure. Several countries worldwide and many international veterinarians today are using this procedure to treat many degenerative diseases such as primary and secondary arthritis, hip dysplasia, damaged or torn ligaments and tendons, joint pain, worn or damaged cartilage etc.

Medivet has spent many years and millions of dollars to introduce this one of the most exciting and valuable treatments ever released, exclusively for the veterinary field. The company is really making big with its American division, Medivet America LLC that is leading the field in sales and Adipose Stem Cell procedures.

Trials are still being conducted at many universities, in Australia and internationally. Also, thousands of Adipose Stem Cell Kits have been supplied to veterinarians enabling them to perform Stem cell procedures including the 14 international countries to which, Medivet is currently exporting the kits.

Stem Cell Technology Treating Many Degenerative Diseases Today | TopNews United States.

New hope for old friends

In ALL ARTICLES, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 25, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Your cherished pet is feeling the effects of old age ... it is  suffering and may need to be put down. Enter stem-cell therapy.

A Tauranga company is offering veterinary clinics a process for stem-cell treatment that improves healing and brightens – even lengthens – the lives of dogs, cats and horses.

The groundbreaking treatment is being applied to osteoarthritis, and ligament and tendon injuries affecting racehorses.

Stemvet New Zealand, established in September 2009, is committed to providing veterinarians with the knowledge and products to make stem-cell therapy an everyday treatment.

It also wants to put New Zealand veterinarians at the forefront of developments in regenerative medicine.

“The treatment certainly relieves pain and slows the ageing process,” said Stemvet co-owner Gil Sinclair.

“The degree of improvement varies with each patient. But in most cases there’s dramatic improvement in the animal’s mobility and wellbeing.”

Dr Sinclair, a veterinarian who has four in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) laboratories in New Zealand and Australia, has been involved with animal reproduction for nearly 30 years. He has recently worked with researchers in Sydney on the development of stem-cell extraction technology and its application in veterinary clinics.

His enthusiastic business partner, Kerry Hitchcock, talks about a dog suffering from osteoarthritis that was “a doormat at home”.

The dog had an intravenous dose of stem cells and its condition improved. In a short time it was bouncing around.

Mr Hitchcock said an inquisitive neighbour asked the dog’s owner what had happened to the dog. “The neighbour was amazed in the change to the dog,” said Mr Hitchcock.

Early cases treated so far have been dogs – between 8 and 14 years – severely affected with osteoarthritis, and young racehorses that have suffered tendon injuries or have osteoarthritis.

Fat tissue containing dormant adult stem cells is taken from the rump of horses and from under the skin of dogs, and from other animals behind their ribs.

Each gram of fat can contain anything from 4.5 million to 28 million stem cells. The fat is digested in a water bath at 37C, then spun in a centrifuge, and the stem cells filtered out.

A platelet concentrate – containing natural stem-cell activators – is extracted from a blood sample. The platelet and other solutions are mixed with the “fat-extracted” stem-cell concentrate to activate the stem cells.

The mixture is then exposed to a photobiostimulator which provides extra activation. The whole process takes three and a half hours.

The now active adult stem cells are reintroduced to the same animal, mostly by direct injection into the affected joints or tissues. Some are administered intravenously and find their way through the blood system to the inflamed area.

“We are talking about adult stem cells that can be guided into promoting health,” said Dr Sinclair. “There is a huge concentration of them in the body but they are non-functional. By taking fat out of the animals and extracting the stem cells and activating them we can improve the healing process.”

Stemvet has become the exclusive New Zealand distributor for Australian-based MediVet stem-cell therapy products and equipment, which includes the water bath, centrifuge, photobiostimulator and extraction kit.

The package, including equipment and kit, costs $15,000 and in the past month six veterinary clinics, in Christchurch, Blenheim, Wellington, Tauranga, Hamilton and Auckland, have signed up. Stemvet provides training, free of charge. Pet owners are charged about $2500 for the treatment – cheaper than the $4000 quoted by an overseas competitor.

Palos Hills Veterinarian Tries New Treatment For Her Dog

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

A Palos Hills vet leaned on a colleague for an innovative treatment for her own dog.

By Cristel Mohrman

Credit Cristel Mohrman
As a veterinarian, Leslie Dahl knows the obstacles that aging pets can face. And as a pet owner, she has watched her own dog battle the stairs with arthritic hips.  But if all goes as planned, her dog will soon be walking pain-free. Doodle, a German shepherd, became a guinea pig, so to speak, as the first animal in Illinois to undergo a one-day, in-clinic stem cell procedure.

Dr. Mitch Robbins conducted the procedure on Friday at Buffalo Grove’s Veterinary Specialty Center, where he removed fat tissue from Doodle’s abdominal area and used the center’s newest technology to inject the dog’s hip joints with her own stem cells.

“The reason that it works is that those cells that we’re removing and processing and stimulating are cells that are normally associated with the healing process and the inflammatory process in the body,” Robbins said. “So they go into the joint, they reduce some of the inflammation in the joint, they improve and reduce pain, they improve range of motion, they improve use of the joint.”

While the Buffalo Grove clinic has performed about 40 such regenerative therapy procedures over the past four years, until now the extracted materials were shipped off-site for preparation, resulting in a more drawn out and expensive process.

Last week, Veterinary Specialty Center adopted new technology from Kentucky-based MediVet-America, which allows medical professionals to complete the entire process in-house over the course of just a few hours.

Katherine Wilkie, MediVet-America’s lab services director, guided Buffalo Grove’s team through the process, which involves using machinery to separate stem cells from the rest of the animal’s tissue and cleaning it so that it can be re-injected.

While professionals received instruction, Doodle, still groggy from the tissue extraction, waited in a nearby cage. By the end of the day, she was picked up by Dahl, who brought her back to their Oak Park home.

Over the next few weeks, she is expected to regain her mobility, which has been hindered by bilateral hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis.

“With the stem cells, we’re hoping that they buy her some quality relief and improve her quality of life,” said Dahl, who is a veterinarian at Southwest Animal Care Center in Palos Hills. “I want her to be able to play and the next day not have any of the post-exercise inflammation that she’s having now.”

Robbins emphasized that stem cell treatment will not cure arthritis,but in most cases the procedure eases his four-legged patients’ discomfort. He said the treatment has benefited about 75 percent of his patients, and two-thirds have no longer needed pain medication.

That is especially important to pet owners like Dahl, whose German shepherd’s sensitive stomach won’t tolerate more traditional treatments. Last spring, she brought Doodle to Veterinary Specialty Center for collagen gel injections that noticeably improved the dog’s condition. When Doodle’s discomfort returned in recent months and Dahl learned that the treatment was no longer available, she jumped at the chance to test out the stem cell process.

“We’re going to do what we can to make sure she’s with us as long as possible,” Dahl said.

Robbins said stem cell therapy is generally effective for about 18 months. Extra cells are collected during the initial extraction and stored for subsequent injections, he said.

“They are never going to cure the arthritis, but they should do a very good job of controlling the pain that Doodle has, allowing her to resume a better, more normal quality of life,” he said.

MediVet-America’s technology was introduced in the U.S. May 2010, and it is now being used in 23 states, Wilkie said, with one or two procedures taking place in the U.S. each day.

Doctors report success rates ranging from 75 percent to 90 percent, Wilkie said.

The procedure costs about $1,800; nearly $1,000 less than the expense of a multiple-day procedure, which involves the costs of sending the tissue to outside labs.

Robbins said he expects to use the new technology to benefit 20 to 50 dogs and cats per year.

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In ALL ARTICLES on January 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm


Since the late 1900’s, animal studies, trials and testing have proven the safety and efficacy of adult stem cell treatments.  Here is a small collection of main stream articles that mirror this history of success.












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Stem cells, dead kittens, fur coats…reality is truly stranger than fiction.

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on March 25, 2009 at 12:48 am
Please be advised, this article does not represent the opinion of the moderator of The Stem Cell Blog.  It was just simply too bizarre not to post.  With thanks to guava_love for pointing it out to me. -dg



“I want a coat made out of baby animals – kittens, maybe.”

By SUSAN KONIG, March 14, 2009

ON Monday, when President Obama announced the re versal on embryonic-stem- cell research, there was a small parade of celebrities with diseases and families with sick kids on TV rejoicing in the president’s move.

At least one CNN stem-cell report, however, featured not a human but a a rat with a bum leg hobbling around his cage like – well, like Ratso Rizzo from Midnight Cowboy.

The CNN newsgal explained helpfully, “Look at this poor little rat, there’s clearly something wrong with his legs.” Then, to the reporter’s “Now, look!” delight, the rat – treated with stem cells derived from human embryos – was running all over the place on strong, healthy rat legs.

So, we were watching a rat whose life had been dramatically improved, thanks to the sacrifice of . . . potential human babies. Wasn’t this a Far Side cartoon?

Research shows that adult and umbilical-cord stem cells provide the materials needed for stem-cell research – embryonic stem cells are not needed to cure and treat diseases. So why is the pro-embryonic-research lobby so loath to admit this? Because if we say that destroying human embryos for scientific research is wrong and unnecessary, it’s harder to say that abortion is fine.

Pro-choicers almost never argue that there’s nothing wrong with abortion. They give justifications – usually, the mother’s health and well-being – because they (implicitly, anyway) understand that the taking of human life needs to be justified.

But with research that destroys embryos, there are no mothers – just embryos orphaned in the lab. And looming behind the stem-cell issue is cloning: The scientists can make more embryos when they run out.

Will we allow a whole industry of conceiving and harvesting human life, if it’s for the greater good? And if it’s OK to create and destroy human life for medical research, why limit abortion at all?

Last summer, I went up and down my block to collect for the March of Dimes, the great charity that helps find cures for birth defects. One of my neighbors wouldn’t donate because “I heard they use lab rats in their research, and I’m against that.” I didn’t debate with her (she’s a terrific lady), I respected her belief and moved on to collect from less rat-friendly neighbors.

Still: It’s socially unacceptable to experiment on rats to try and help babies, but it’s now apparently OK to destroy potential human babies?

Here’s my bottom line: I want a fur coat. Before Monday, I thought that it was too politically incorrect. It turned my head to see a woman wearing a really fabulous mink – but then I’d feel guilty for wanting one and think, well, maybe I’ll get a faux fur . . .

But now I want one. If we can experiment on and destroy human babies, then I get a fur coat. And I don’t want to hear any complaints from any animal-rights advocates. I want a coat made out of baby animals – kittens, maybe.

via http://www.nypost.com/seven/03142009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/stem_cell_strangeness_159441.htm

When science goes too far – cloning and transgenic manipulation

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 22, 2009 at 2:38 pm



How bioengineers are messing with nature

by Becky Meyer – 2/19/09 

In recent years, science has made advancements once thought to be possible only in science fiction. From glow-in-the-dark cats and transgenic goats to Dolly the cloned sheep, scientists have proven that they are capable of doing many things to help the human race. But in 2009, they are also gaining so much power that there is danger of that power being abused. Scientists today are crossing the line and tampering with nature when they shouldn’t.

In 2007, South Korean scientists created glow-in- the-dark cats (www.news.cnet.com). These Turkish Angora cats that were designed to glow under ultraviolet lights are examples of transgenic animals, which, according to Biology Online, are organisms that have “genes from another organism put into its genome” using “DNA techniques.”

Just recently the FDA approved the sale of pharmaceutical milk containing a drug called ATryn, which helps thin the blood (detnews.com). Scientists have genetically modified goats to produce this drug in their milk. This is a revolution in the science world because it can help thousands of people who suffer from blood clots. The fact that the proposition was approved is also an indication that our world is more positive about technological advancements that help the human race.

Dolly the cloned sheep is one of the more controversial advancements in science. The question began to arise as to whether scientists are going “too far,” and what the reasons for these advancements really are..


Mountain Lion Receives Stem Cell Therapy


Mountain Lion Receives Stem Cell Therapy

mountain lion

A six-person veterinary team performs the procedure on big cat in Colorado. -Posted: Jan. 23, 2009, 3 a.m. EST

Elissa, 23, received regenerative (adult) stem cell therapy because of osteoarthritis in both of her elbows.

A 23-year-old feline named Elissa became the first mountain lion to receive stem cell therapy when Peak Performance Veterinary Group of Colorado Springs, Colo., recently performed regenerative stem cell therapy on her.

Elissa, the oldest mountain lion in protective care (She’s at Catamount Creek Rescue in Florissant, Colo.), successfully received RSCT injections from a team of six individuals. The crew, which consisted of four veterinarians, a veterinary technician specialist in anesthesia and an assistant, headed to the Rocky Mountains to perform the on-site procedure under the direction of Dr. James Gaynor of the veterinary group.

Since Elissa was rescued 12 years ago from an environment where she had been declawed and put on photography exhibition, she has been under the care of Chris Oldham. The big cat’s activity and comfort level started to decline because of osteoarthritis in both elbows.

Gaynor has performed numerous successful regenerative stem cell therapy procedures on canines. Though confident in the therapy and procedure method, he said, “The typical case for RSCT is an arthritic dog. Regenerative stem cell therapy is still an unexplored area of veterinary medicine when it comes to wildlife.”

Peak Performance Veterinary Group performs approximately 25 percent of canine regenerative stem cell therapy procedures in the United States. Gaynor added that while he is hopeful for a positive outcome for Elissa, it will take time to measure the results.

Elissa was sedated during the process, and her blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate were monitored.

via Mountain Lion Receives Stem Cell Therapy.

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