Posts Tagged ‘RSC’

Repair Stem cell transplants help MS victims

In ALL ARTICLES, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 8, 2009 at 1:07 am

Multiple Sclerosis Affect on Myelin Shaeth

By Agency Reporter -Published: Sunday, 8 Feb 2009

Stem cell transplantation seems to stop and, in some cases, undo neurological damage in people with multiple sclerosis, a small study shows.

The trial involved just 21 patients, but a larger, randomized trial is under way in the United States, Canada and Brazil.

”This is the first trial for any phase of MS, whether early or later, of any therapy anywhere that has shown reversal of neurological disability,” said study author Dr. Richard K. Burt, chief of the division of immunotherapy at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

MS is a disease in which the immune system turns on the body and attacks myelin, the protective covering on nerve cells. The disease usually starts with a ”relapse-remitting” phase, with alternating periods of flare-ups of symptoms and relatively peaceful spans. After a decade or so, however, most patients move into the more severe, secondary-progressive form of the disease.

”There is a need to find a means by which we can control the progression of MS, particularly in these patients who are not responding to FDA-approved therapies,” said Patricia O‘Looney, vice president of biomedical research at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Treatments are clustered toward the relapse-remitting stage, with little available for the latter stage. ”Generally, when you get to late progressive MS, nothing really works,” Burt said.

The technique used in this study, autologous non-myeloablative hemopoietic stem cell transplantation, ”resets” the immune system and is already used for secondary-progressive MS.

via The Punch: Stem cell transplants help MS victims.

BBC NEWS | Health | Cell find ‘lifts leukaemia fight’

In ALL ARTICLES, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS on February 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Purple acute myelod leukaemia cells visible amongst the blood cells

A Stanford University study found that leukaemia “stem cells”, which drive the spread of the cancer, work differently to healthy blood stem cells.

This might mean they could be targeted and destroyed more easily.

The study, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, might one day reduce the chances of leukaemia returning after treatment, say experts.

These findings may have a substantial clinical impact
Dr Tim Somervaille
Study author

Cancer was once regarded a disease in   which all malignant cells were the same, but in recent years, cancer researchers have focused on the role of cancer “stem cells”.

These, like healthy stem cells, provide a source for new cells, and it is important to kill these to stop the cancer regrouping and returning.

This is a problem in leukaemia, in which there can be a significant risk of relapse even after apparently successful chemotherapy.

Conventional treatment for some forms of leukaemia destroys both leukaemia cells and healthy blood cells, but the latest research may point to ways in which therapies can be fine tuned to pick off the leukaemia stem cells more efficiently.

The researchers found difference between two types of stem cells.

Leukaemia stem cells, they found, tap into a genetic mechanism normally harnessed by stem cells in the embryo to allow their division into fresh cells.

Normal blood stem cells use a difference mechanism to prompt their growth.

This means that, in theory at least, drugs which targeted this process would stop leukaemia stem cells dividing, while leaving healthy blood stem cells unharmed…

BBC NEWS | Health | Cell find ‘lifts leukaemia fight’.


In ALL ARTICLES, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 7, 2009 at 2:50 am


6 Feb 09, India, CHENNAI:

Adult stem cells extracted from the patient’s bone marrow have been found to cure several ailments, but a therapy for regeneration of blood vessels hold out bigger hopes.

The dept of vascular surgery at the Sri Ramachandra Medical College Hospital & Research Institute in Dec 2007 has used adult stem cells to trigger growth of new blood vessels in the limbs of at least 30 patients who suffer from critical limb ischemia – a condition of blood vessels in the limb getting blocked, often resulting in amputation.

Dr V Balaji, vascular surgeon – the treatment till some years ago was amputation. “Now, science is demonstrating that ASC’s regenerate ischemic arteries by stimulating angiogenesis in the areas of damaged tissue, thereby restoring proper blood circulation to the limb.”


Lawmakers approve (ADULT) stem cell legislation & funding

In ALL ARTICLES, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 7, 2009 at 1:41 am


Let me get this straight:

Smokers buy cigarettes…
Tobacco company makes billions…
Smokers get lung cancer and cardiovascular disease…
Tobacco company gets sued…
Tobacco company pays settlement…
Tobacco settlement funds adult stem cell research…
Adult stem cells treat lung cancer and cardiovascular disease successfully around the world…

Smokers die waiting for the US to catch up to the rest of the world on adult stem cell treatment research.

…yeah, that sounds about right.
Oh well, at least it’s a step in the right direction.  Don’t worry, we’ll have treatments in 10-12 years.  You can hold on that long right?



By Associated Press – Published: 2/4/2009 7:17 PM

State lawmakers have given preliminary approval to legislation that could provide nearly $2 million for adult stem cell research in Oklahoma…It would allow 10 percent of the interest earnings on the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund to be used for adult stem cell research…

Enns says he believes adult stem cell therapies hold the cures for many diseases and spinal cord injuries. Enns was in an accident that confined him to a wheelchair, making him a potential recipient of future stem cell therapies.


In ALL ARTICLES, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS on February 6, 2009 at 7:26 pm
Aesculapius symbol of rejuvenation

Aesculapius symbol of rejuvenation


There is a non-partial patient advocate education center called the Repair Stem Cell Institute (RSCI):


RSCI lists reputable treatment centers which have met their rigorous guidelines and standards:


Feel free to contact myself or the founder of the Repair Stem Cell Institute (Don Margolis – <don@repairstemcells.org> 1-214-556-6377) directly if we can be of any service to you.

And be sure to join my Adult Stem Cell group- if you haven’t already! This group will bring you up to date on the news , benefits and opportunities available in the world of REPAIR STEM CELLS:


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