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AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR, ‘NOSE’ STEM CELLS

In Doctors Practicing Excellence, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on January 27, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Biomedical scientist Alan Mackay-Sim is one of the pioneers in stem cell research, digging into (pun intended) the enormously productive (flowing?) area of “olfactoric mucosal stem cells” or neurological stem cells from inside your nose responsible for your sense of smell.

  1. Lu, J.; Feron, F.; Ho, S. H.; Mackay-Sim, A.; Waite, P. M. E. Transplantation of nasal olfactory tissue promotes partial recovery in paraplegic adult rats. Brain Research 2001, 889, 344-357.
  2. Lu, J.; Feron, F.; Mackay-Sim, A.; Waite, P. M. E. Olfactory ensheathing cells promote locomotor recovery after delayed transplantation into transected spinal cord. Brain 2002, 125, 14-21.

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Alan Mackay-Sim, the scientist whose miracle made a paraplegic walk again, named Australian of the Year

JANUARY 25 2017 – Biomedical scientist Alan Mackay-Sim, whose research helped achieve a feat described as “more impressive than man walking on the moon”, has been named the 2017 Australian of the Year for his pioneering stem cell research.

Professor Mackay-Sim’s work was central to the 2014 surgery that allowed Darek Fidyka, a Polish firefighter, to walk again and even ride a custom-built bicycle. This made him the first (well, not the first but no less significant) paraplegic in the world to recover mobility after the complete severing of the spinal nerves. The success was hailed by fellow researcher Geoff Raisman as more impressive than the moon landing.

Professor Mackay-Sim is a leading global authority on the human sense of smell and the biology of nasal cells. The successful surgery that allowed Mr Fidyka to walk again involved taking cells from his nose, growing them in a lab and injecting them into his spinal cord.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gives Alan Mackay-Sim his honour.

Professor Mackay-Sim, 65, himself relied on a stem cell transplant two years ago when he was diagnosed with myeloma, a rare form of blood cancer that develops in the bone marrow.

He was presented with his Australian of the Year award by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday night…

 

A history of stem cell treatments for spinal cord injury

(NOT) FIRST PARALYZED HUMAN TREATED WITH STEM CELLS FOR SCI

In ALL ARTICLES, DISEASE INFO, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, THIS IS SPINAL... on January 27, 2017 at 12:05 pm

First paralyzed human treated with stem cells has now regained his upper body movement http://theheartysoul.com/stem-cells-cure-paralysis/

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CONGRATS! But…
NOT the FIRST!

This is the sort of article which makes me crazy because on the one hand, it is a triumph!  A mainstream coverage of a stem cell success, increasing awareness and helping to erode our entrenched concepts of what can be done with medicine and what is and isn’t really “incurable.”

On the other….it grossly misrepresents the long history of stem cell successes versus spinal cord injury. It devalues the patients who have recovered, the loved ones who supported them during their treatments and the doctors who worked their butts off developing the protocols and pushing the envelops, often in the face of massive popular skepticism.

 
These people, these patients and loved ones and doctors who risked everything; life, limb, money, time and more…they are the mavericks, the trail blazers, the ones who sacrificed everything for the one pure goal of advancing medicine, of advancing healing. They deserve to be honored and credited with their barrier breaking work, not dismissed in some ill conceived misinformation campaign, weakly relying upon the un-sturdy columns of anti-Piaget-ian Object Permanence.

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And no mention of Spinal Cord Injury and Stem Cell Treatment should be made without a HUGE nod to the God-Fathers, Prof Mackay-Sim and Dr Carlos Lima.

Dr Mackay-Sim was researching olfactoric mucosal stem cell applications for spinal cord injury in murine models as far back as 2001:

  1. Lu, J.; Feron, F.; Ho, S. H.; Mackay-Sim, A.; Waite, P. M. E. Transplantation of nasal olfactory tissue promotes partial recovery in paraplegic adult rats. Brain Research 2001, 889, 344-357.
  2. Lu, J.; Feron, F.; Mackay-Sim, A.; Waite, P. M. E. Olfactory ensheathing cells promote locomotor recovery after delayed transplantation into transected spinal cord. Brain 2002, 125, 14-21.

Dr Lima was “improving” and “recovering” Spinal Cord Injury patients with stem cells derived from their own noses as far back as…wait for it…2003.

“Olfactory stem cells have been shown to be most versatile. Indeed, Adult stem cells from the nose have now helped paraplegic patients walk. From the primary source, Carlos Lima et al., Olfactory mucosal autografts and rehabilitation for chronic traumatic spinal cord injury, Neurorehabil Neural Repair 24(1):10–22 | doi: 10.1177/1545968309347685.”

“Of the 13 patients assessed by functional studies, 1 paraplegic patient (patient 9) can ambulate with 2 crutches and knee braces with no physical assistance and 10 other patients can ambulate with walkers with or without braces with physical assistance.

One tetraplegic [paralyzed in both arms and legs] patient (patient 13) ambulates with a walker, without knee braces or physical assistance.”

Why haven’t you heard of this?  I don’t know.  Perhaps you missed the “Testimony of Ms. Laura Dominguez, delivered at a hearing held by the United States Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space on July 14, 2004. Accessed at: http://commerce.senate.gov/hearings/testimony.cfm?id=1268andwit_id=3673

If that doesn’t work, go here and skip ahead to 1 hour, 16 minutes to 2hrs 21min: https://www.c-span.org/video/?182693-1/stem-cell-research-treatment

Laura Dominguez, also featured in the article  here, was treated in 2004.  By then,

Dr “Lima’s procedure had proven successful in 26 patients, states Dr. Jean D. Peduzzi-Nelson, a co-researcher at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. [9] Dominguez was the tenth person in the world and the second American to undergo the surgery.

Completion of the surgery permitted a return to the United States, which ushered in the continuation of the therapeutic process and the resumption of home life in San Antonio. After an MRI was conducted, physicians informed her that her spinal cord had begun healing and that 70 percent of the lesion had recovered into normal spinal tissue. Within six months she had acquired sensation down to the abdominal region. By 2004, she had gained upper body agility and the ability to stand for extended periods of time with the aid of a walker. In addition, she reported improved motor skills, including the ability to stand on her toes and contract her quadriceps and hamstring muscles. She also announced that she had walked more than 1400 feet with the use of braces and outside help. Laura is inspired by the results and hopes to walk unassisted by the time she turns 21. [10]

Not first.  Missed it by just a baker’s dozen of years.

Here are just a small selection of more stem cell heroes from the past:

SPINAL CORD SUCCESSES

 https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/spinal-cord-injury-success/

 

MORE SPINAL CORD SUCCESSES

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/more-spinal-cord-injury-success-from-adult-stem-cells/

 

STEM CELLS FOR SPINAL CORD

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/stem-cell-surgery-spinal-cord-injury/

 

16 YEAR OLD PARALYZED KARTING CHAMP

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/09/07/16-year-old-paralyzed-karting-champ-undergoing-stem-cell-treatment/

 

PARALYZED WOMAN WALKS ON 21ST BIRTHDAY
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/04/23/strength-and-determination-help-paralyzed-woman-walk-on-21st-birthday/

 

QUEST TO CURE HIS DAUGHTER

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/04/14/a-father%e2%80%99s-quest-to-cure-his-daughter-well-blog-nytimescom/

 

PARALYSIS IN RATS REVERSED

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/04/02/adult-spinal-stem-cells-reverse-paralysis-in-rats/

 

ADULT STEM CELL PROGRAMS

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/il-sussidiarionet-raisman-the-best-results-are-coming-from-the-adult-stem-cell-research-programmes/

 

IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE PARALYZED

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/26/adult-stem-cell-study-demonstrates-improved-quality-of-life-for-patients-suffering-from-spinal-cord-injury/

 

A PERSONAL NOTE

http://reflectionsofaparalytic.com/?p=2052

 

FUNDRAISING FOR SPINAL CORD/STEM CELL THERAPY

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/fundraiser-for-spinal-cord-injury-patient-for-stem-cell-treatment/

 

STEM CELLS HELP 52 SPINAL CORD INJURY PATIENTS

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/stem-cell-research-helps-52-spinal-cord-injury-patients-stem-cell-research-adult-stem-cell-research-spinal-cord-injury/

 

PARALYZED LAWMAKER MAKES STEM CELL DECISION

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/11/paralyzed-ri-lawmaker-hails-stem-cell-decision-international-herald-tribune/

 

JAPAN AHEAD OF USA IN STEM CELLS FOR SCI

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/02/10/spinal-cord-injury-sci-stem-cell-trials-japan-plays-catch-up/

 

CHINA AHEAD OF USA FOR STEM CELL TREATMENTS/SCI

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/02/27/stem-cell-research-yields-benefits-for-american-man-traveling-to-china/

 

WHY DO WE PRETEND STEM CELLS DON’T WORK?

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/adult-stem-cells-get-the-shaft-none-are-so-blind-as-those-who-will-not-see/

 

IRAN AHEAD OF USA IN STEM CELLS

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/02/12/stem-cells-in-iran-catch-up/

 

 

TODDLER, CANCER, STEM CELLS, SPINAL CORD INJURY

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/toddler-helps-bring-about-a-medical-miracle-cancer-spimal-cord-injury/

 

REGENERATING THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/regenerating-the-central-nervous-system/

 

Stepping Towards A Paralysis Cure, A Tale Of Two Supermen Stem Cells Cure 23 Year Old Male of Paralysis – C6…-C7 injury

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/28/stepping-towards-a-paralysis-cure-a-tale-of-two-supermen-stem-cells-cure-23-year-old-male-of-paralysis-c6-c7-injury/

 

Paraplegic – Adult Stem Cell Success Stories – Laura Dominguez

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/paraplegic-adult-stem-cell-success-stories-laura-dominguez/

 

PARALYZED COUSINS PLEASED WITH STEM CELL TREATMENT

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/paralyzed-cousins-pleased-with-stem-cell-treatment/

 

Successful Stem Cell Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury in Dogs

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/successful-stem-cell-treatment-of-spinal-cord-injury-in-dogs/

 

Spinal Cord Injury Patient Wins…and Loses

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/spinal-cord-injury-patient-wins-and-loses/

 

STEM CELLS FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/stem-cells-for-spinal-cord-injury/

 

Adult Stem Cell Grafts Help Paralyzed Heal

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/adult-stem-cell-grafts-help-paralyzed-heal/

 

Medical hope as paralysed dog cured by stem cell therapy

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/medical-hope-as-paralysed-dog-cured-by-stem-cell-therapy-mirror-co-uk/

 

and even, Major the Roseville police dog gets stem cell treatment

http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/01/major_police_dog_stem_cell.php

 

Time to set the record straight.  Too many have waited too long to get news which blacks out a dozen years of research and progress.

Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on October 25, 2016 at 10:17 am

Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

head, shoulders, knees and toes

Building on the revolutionary work of Dr Lima, who used nose stem cells to recover spinal cord injuries:

“Investigators took biopsy specimens that were 6 mm in diameter from the nasal septum, under local anaesthetic.

Then they grew the harvested cells in the lab for two weeks. The cartilage grafts were further prepared and then cut into the right shapes.

Finally, surgeons used the engineered grafts to replace damaged cartilage that was removed.

..Even though the level of repaired tissue appeared to vary among patients and over time, MRI scans at two years showed new tissue developed with similar properties to the original cartilage.

The nine recipients reported improvements in use of their knees and better pain scores compared to before their surgeries.

No side-effects were reported.”

Heads and Knees – Check!
Shoulders and Toes just around the corner.

Spinal Cord Injury and Stem Cells:
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/spinal-cord-injury-and-repair-stem-cell-treatments/

Read more:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/knee-repair-nose-1.3814647

CHRISTOPHER REEVE’S STEM CELL SPINAL CORD MISTAKE

In CELEBRITIES & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on September 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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A SAD BIRTHDAY FOR CHRISTOPHER REEVE

Christopher Reeve would most likely have reached his 60th birthday today had he focused on adult stem cell treatments instead of embryonic.

Adult stem cell treatments have produced significant therapeutic benefits in Spinal cord injury patients for years.  Patients have regained sensation in the extremities, bladder and bowel control and even the ability to walk.  It is sad that a misinformed or misguided and certainly limited focus on embryonic stem cells resulted in the loss of potential for this iconic actor to recover from spinal cord injury.

HISTORY OF STEM CELL TREATMENTS FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY

SPINAL CORD INJURY vs ASC HISTORY OF TREATMENT – http://tinyurl.com/SCIvsASC

REGENERATING THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM  https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/regenerating-the-central-nervous-system/

Stepping Towards A Paralysis Cure, A Tale Of Two Supermen Stem Cells Cure 23 Year Old Male of Paralysis – C6…-C7 injury
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/28/stepping-towards-a-paralysis-cure-a-tale-of-two-supermen-stem-cells-cure-23-year-old-male-of-paralysis-c6-c7-injury/

Paraplegic – Adult Stem Cell Success Stories – Laura Dominguez
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/paraplegic-adult-stem-cell-success-stories-laura-dominguez/

PARALYZED COUSINS PLEASED WITH STEM CELL TREATMENT
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/paralyzed-cousins-pleased-with-stem-cell-treatment/

Successful Stem Cell Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury in Dogs
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/successful-stem-cell-treatment-of-spinal-cord-injury-in-dogs/

Spinal Cord Injury Patient Wins…and Loses
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/spinal-cord-injury-patient-wins-and-loses/

STEM CELLS FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/stem-cells-for-spinal-cord-injury/

Adult Stem Cell Grafts Help Paralyzed Heal
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/adult-stem-cell-grafts-help-paralyzed-heal/

Medical hope as paralysed dog cured by stem cell therapy – mirror.co.ukhttps://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/medical-hope-as-paralysed-dog-cured-by-stem-cell-therapy-mirror-co-uk/

Major the Roseville police dog gets stem cell treatment – http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/01/major_police_dog_stem_cell.php

 

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Christopher D’Olier Reeve[1] (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author and activist. He achieved stardom for his acting achievements, in particular his motion-picture portrayal of the fictional superhero Superman.

On May 27, 1995, Reeve became a quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Virginia. He required a wheelchair and breathing apparatus for the rest of his life. He lobbied on behalf of people with spinal-cord injuries and for human embryonic stem cell research, founding the Christopher Reeve Foundation and co-founding the Reeve-Irvine Research Center.[2]

REGENERATING THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM

In DISEASE INFO on October 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

First off, the sense of smell is neurological AND constantly regenerating after every cold, inhalation of smoke, etc.  Secondly, our bodies do have regeneration capabilities and they are very powerful in infants and then we lose that capability. An infant <6 mos old can regrow the tip of a finger (8 min, 45 secs in to video below) just as it was proved that with stem cell grafts, an adult can as well (19min, 20 secs).  see http://www.ted.com/talks/alan_russell_on_regenerating_our_bodies.html

Even the NIH knows this.  Here is an excerpt from one of their books:
Chapter 8 – Strategies for Regeneration and Repair in the Injured Central Nervous System
8.2.4 Regeneration Is Possible Following CNS Injury

Until the 1980s, it was unclear whether CNS axons could regenerate; however, seminal studies by Aguayo and colleagues demonstrated that CNS axons could regenerate when provided with the appropriate environment. In these studies peripheral nerve grafts were implanted in the optic nerve, and axons were regenerated within the peripheral nerve graft but not beyond the graft and not into the tissue [55]. After traumatic injury to the brain or spinal cord, some neurogenesis is often observed within the first few months following injury. It has been appreciated recently that the injured brain may be attempting repair through developmental processes, as evidenced by increases in neurogenesis and angiogenesis that occur following TBI [56–58]. In SCI, neurogenesis is observed following surgical intervention where the pressure or compression exerted on the spinal cord by vertebrae is relieved by realigning these tissues [59]. via http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK3941/

In that time, we have also discovered that organs including heart muscle and neurons DO have regenerative capabilities; overturning hundreds of years of ignorance.  Often in SCI patients, olfactoric mucosal stem cells are removed from the patient’s nose (remember, the sense of smell is neurological AND constantly regenerating after every cold, inhalation of smoke, etc.) multiplied and injected into the site of the injury. Obviously great care is taken to reduce existing inflammation and scarring at the injury site and avoidance of secondary injury but the link I posted shows many articles on successful stem cell implantation and varying degrees of recovery from SCI.

A number of the doctors I’ve worked with have had success with adult stem cell implantation into spinal cord injury patients.  And before you go there, when one in 5,000 patients recovers some sensation in their legs due to physical therapy or reduction of inflammation over time, etc. then you can tell me: it wasn’t the stem cells, it was a placebo effect, it was an error in measurement, etc.  But when 40%, 50%, 60% of patients given a specific protocol at multiple treatment centers around the world by different doctors (on hundreds of diseases including spinal cord injury) show significant improvement; it is statistical, empirical, qualifiable and quantifiable and DUE to the adult stem cell treatments.

To learn more:

SPINAL CORD INJURY vs ASC HISTORY OF TREATMENT – http://tinyurl.com/SCIvsASC

Stepping Towards A Paralysis Cure, A Tale Of Two Supermen Stem Cells Cure 23 Year Old Male of Paralysis – C6…-C7 injury
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/28/stepping-towards-a-paralysis-cure-a-tale-of-two-supermen-stem-cells-cure-23-year-old-male-of-paralysis-c6-c7-injury/

Paraplegic – Adult Stem Cell Success Stories – Laura Dominguez
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/paraplegic-adult-stem-cell-success-stories-laura-dominguez/

PARALYZED COUSINS PLEASED WITH STEM CELL TREATMENT
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/paralyzed-cousins-pleased-with-stem-cell-treatment/

Successful Stem Cell Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury in Dogs
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/successful-stem-cell-treatment-of-spinal-cord-injury-in-dogs/

Spinal Cord Injury Patient Wins…and Loses
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/spinal-cord-injury-patient-wins-and-loses/

STEM CELLS FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/stem-cells-for-spinal-cord-injury/

Adult Stem Cell Grafts Help Paralyzed Heal
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/adult-stem-cell-grafts-help-paralyzed-heal/

Medical hope as paralysed dog cured by stem cell therapy – mirror.co.ukhttp://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/medical-hope-as-paralysed-dog-cured-by-stem-cell-therapy-mirror-co-uk/

Major the Roseville police dog gets stem cell treatment – http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/01/major_police_dog_stem_cell.php

Paralysed gymnast Vlada stands again

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on August 12, 2010 at 12:01 am
Paralysed gymnast Vlada stands again
‘Have faith in the treatment’

Two years ago, Vlada Krav­chenko was told she would never walk again. But after two sessions of stem cell treatment, her nerves are regenerating rapidly and, with a little help, she can already stand up and take small steps.

Vlada Kravchenko. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

“It’s very exciting. I feel like running. But I need a lot of training and the doctors told me to take it slowly because I could hurt myself,” the former gymnast and aspiring model adds.

Ms Kravchenko, now 19, suffered a spinal cord injury after a lighting structure fell on her during a party in September 2008, leaving her wheelchair-bound but determined to dance again one day.

Her former physiotherapist Matthew Azzopardi described her improvement as an unprecedented “fantastic achievement”.

“After she was operated on she could barely move alone. Even sitting down on a bed was a struggle.

The chances of her walking again were very slight. For someone with such a severe injury to be able to stand is great,” he said. The first time she stood up, her body was so used to sitting down that she passed out.

“I can’t walk perfectly but with more training and treatments I think I will get there. I believe in myself.”

Ms Kravchenko cannot control her knees or feet yet but has managed to develop her hip muscles, which gives her the control to crawl and stand.

Although it’s a struggle, it’s a greater improvement than she had expected to see.

“Two years ago I wouldn’t even dream of this. Just last year I couldn’t even keep my back straight. I was very weak… I was sitting down all the time and I needed help even with turning in bed. Now I can practically do everything alone,” she adds.

Ms Kravchenko has been living in Malta since she was nine, together with her Ukranian mother who shares her enthusiasm to see her defy all odds.

Together they have already spent more than €30,000 on the experimental stem cell treatment in Moscow.

“Instead of a normal birthday present I got a walking frame. My health is more precious,” Ms Kravchenko says about the sacrifices she has had to make.

After the accident, Ms Kravchenko’s doctors told her there were slim chances she could recover from her paralysis from the waist down.

But geneticist Renald Blundell, who was in touch with Ms Kravchenko and has tracked her progress, described her recovery as “normal” for stem cell treatment and he expects her to be able to walk comfortably within a year and gain enough strength to dance freely in two or three years’ time.

Dr Blundell runs a clinic which is providing parents with the opportunity to store the stem cells from their newborn’s umbilical cord to provide future “health insurance”.

“This is not miraculous. It is a normal treatment. With stem cells, around 70 per cent of the time, this can happen. A lot of doctors believe this is just a gimmick but it’s not. I have seen patients walk normally after having been completely paralysed. In some cases the progress was even faster.”

Dr Blundell said the progress is similar to that of babies, who usually take around a year to be able to get on two feet and two or three years to gain coordination.

“I think it will take Vlada around two or three years to be able to dance,” he said.

Ms Kravchenko agrees with Dr Blundell but says her progress depends on how regularly she can go for treatment. The closer the treatments are to each other, the faster her progress.

This was a big year for Ms Kravchenko because she also passed her A levels with flying colours. However, she has had to put off going to university for at least a year to focus her energy and money on getting better.

Last year she launched a campaign to raise funds and she is eternally grateful to the people who supported her. “It’s great. It’s only been a year since I launched my campaign and I’ve already been twice.”

The stem cell treatment involves extraction of adult cells from her body and inserting them into her spine to help their regeneration of the nerve and spinal cord and improve mobility.

“When we cut our fingers, our stem cells make the cut heal. This is basically the same thing, but it needs some help,” she says, urging others to have faith in the sort of experimental treatment she gets in Moscow.

She has already been in contact with other Maltese people with spinal injuries with whom she is sharing her experience.

via timesofmalta.com – Paralysed gymnast Vlada stands again.

Successful Stem Cell Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury in Dogs

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Histostem Participates in Successful Stem Cell Treatment for Acute Spinal Cord Injury in Dogs

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February 08, 2010: 12:00 PM ET

Stem Cell Therapy International, Inc. (OTCBB: SCII) announced that Histostem Ltd. of South Korea (“Histostem”) has participated in a study resulting in the successful treatment of spinal cord injury in dogs through the use of Multipotent Stem Cells (MSCs) derived from Human Umbilical Cord Blood (HUCB). The study, a collaborative effort between a team of doctors from the Departments of Veterinary Surgery and Veterinary Anatomy at Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea and Dr. Hoon Han, President and Founder of Histostem, presented a method for the percutaneous transplantation of stem cells and investigated the therapeutic efficacy of transplanting stem cells to improve the recovery of the central nervous system following such acute spinal cord injury.

While previous research on spinal cord injury has typically used rats, this study used dogs which have a spinal cord structure more similar to humans. Within the test group, those dogs that received cellular transplants exhibited gradual improvement in hind limb locomotion two to three weeks after the transplant and also demonstrated reduced cyst and injury size.

Dr. Han commented, “Our research demonstrated a new, less invasive method of transplanting human umbilical cord blood derived multipotent stem cells, which avoids surgical exposure and allows the cells to be more precisely transplanted into the spinal cord. In addition to this breakthrough in the technique used to transplant stem cells, we also had success in improving the condition of the spinal cord injury among the test group. Based on the successful results of this study and because of the canine spinal cord’s resemblance to a human spinal cord, we are optimistic that this technique has many potential applications in the treatment of human spinal cord injury through stem cell transplantation.”

More details on the research process and results are available in the December 2009 issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.

via Histostem Participates in Successful Stem Cell Treatment for Acute Spinal Cord Injury in Dogs.

Spinal Cord Injury Patient Wins…and Loses

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Spinal Cord Injury Patient Wins With Stem Cell Therapy, But Loses In Court

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Stem Cells Helps Spinal Cord Injury Patient, but Michigan Court Does Not

A spinal cord injury (SCI) patient who improved after stem cell treatment in Portugal has lost a court decision in Michigan declaring that insurance did not have to pay for the therapy despite the success of it. Kevin Krohn, who regained feelings in his lower body after the adult stem cells from his nose were implanted into his spinal cord, lost in the Michigan Court of Appeals when the judges reversed a jury decision earlier which had awarded Kevin $51,000 for the treatment and stem cell research which improved his quality of life.

The panel reversed the jury verdict ordering Home-Owners Insurance Co. to pay a $51,400 claim by Krohn for an experimental stem cell procedure.

The case went to court after the insurance company denied the claim, arguing the procedure was not reasonable nor necessary. (Not necessary? What if they were in Kevin’s unfortunate condition? -DM)

Krohn suffered a severe spinal injury in a 2001 traffic crash, leaving him with no feeling below his chest. A stem cell treatment in 2005 restored some nerve connections, giving Krohn control of his bowels and bladder and allowing some movement of his hips.

The fact the treatment was successful in improving Krohn’s condition is irrelevant, the panel ruled. The majority opinion stated the case should have been dismissed by the trial court for lack of evidence of the “scientific reliability” of the the surgery.

Before allowing the jury to decide the case, the opinion said, Lenawee County Circuit Judge Timothy Pickard should have required evidence the procedure had “gained general acceptance in the medical community.”

The procedure was done at a government hospital in Portugal’s capital of Lisbon.

A dissenting opinion by Judge Karen Fort Hood said the panel was overstepping its authority in ruling on the scientific reliability of the procedure when no hearing on that issue was held.

The insurance company did not challenge admission of the surgeon’s testimony, said Hood, so there was no opportunity at the trial level for Krohn to present evidence of scientific reliability. The Appeals Court panel erroneously made its own analysis based on a limited record, said Hood.

Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance statute does not require medical procedures to be approved by the federal Food & Drug Administration and performed in the United States, as the majority opinion indicates, she said.

Hood also rejected the insurance company’s argument that the Lenawee County jury’s decision would cause a flood of claims for experimental procedures.

The Fact The Treatment Was Successful Is Irrelevant?

“The fact the treatment was successful in improving Krohn’s condition is irrelevant.”   What a terrible statment that is.  I see a man in distress and doing what was best for him under the circumstances– going to Dr. Carlos Lima for stem cells which improved his quality of life.  If he had left it up to the insurance company, he would NOT have anything now- no feeling in his bowels, no feelings in his legs, no movement at all in his hips.

This is the problem with Obama’s proposed healthcare reform and socialized medicine in general.  It takes the individual’s personal choice or preference for medical treatment out of the equation.  If Kevin had left his fate up to a insurance commission or a “medical commission” appointed by the state,  he would not have any of the improvements in his quality of life that he has today thanks to the adult stem cell research.

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Adult Stem Cells Saved My Life Campaign

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on November 15, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Adult Stem Cells Saved My Life

Kansas City, Kan., Nov 12, 2009 / 08:03 pm (CNA).- …campaign to spread awareness about how successful adult stem cells are in treating a variety of diseases. The most recent count places the number of conditions successfully treated at close to 80.

On Saturday, November 14, 2009, the FRC will kick off the “Adult Stem Cells Saved My Life Education & Awareness Campaign” at the Town Hall in Shawnee, Kansas. At the premier, they will publicly launch http://www.stemcellresearchfacts.com and present the stories of people who have been successfully treated with adult stem cells via short videos.

Laura Dominguez knows firsthand about the impact a stem cell treatment can make. In the summer of 2001, when Dominguez was just 16 years-old, she was involved in a car accident that broke her neck, paralyzing her from the neck down.

After a Portuguese surgeon took stem cells from her nose, cultured them, and used them to replace the scar tissue in her neck, she is now able to feel her body below her chest. She can grasp and move the mouse of a computer and is able to walk with leg braces. Though her range of motion is limited compared to her abilities before the accident, due to the treatment which used her own stem cells, she is no longer a paraplegic.

via Adult Stem Cells Saved My Life campaign set to launch.

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