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Vitamin C boosts the reprogramming of adult cells into stem cells « Health Research Report

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on January 24, 2014 at 8:05 am

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Famous for its antioxidant properties and role in tissue repair, vitamin C is touted as beneficial for illnesses ranging from the common cold to cancer and perhaps even for slowing the aging process. Now, a study published online on December 24th by Cell Press in the journal Cell Stem Cell uncovers an unexpected new role for this natural compound: facilitating the generation of embryonic-like stem cells from adult cells.

Over the past few years, we have learned that adult cells can be reprogrammed into cells with characteristics similar to embryonic stem cells by turning on a select set of genes. Although the reprogrammed cells, called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), have tremendous potential for regenerative medicine, the conversion is extremely inefficient.

“The low efficiency of the reprogramming process has hampered progress with this technology and is indicative of how little we understand it. Further, this process is most challenging in human cells, raising a significant barrier for producing iPSCs and serious concerns about the quality of the cells that are generated,” explains senior study author Dr. Duanqing Pei from the South China Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Pei and colleagues measured the production of reactive oxygen species or ROS during reprogramming and discovered a potential link between high ROS and low reprogramming efficiency. They became particularly interested in antioxidants, hypothesizing that they might suppress ROS and cell senescence, which seems to be a major roadblock for the generation of iPSCs.

The researchers found that adding vitamin C, an essential nutrient that is abundant in citrus fruits, enhanced iPSC generation from both mouse and human cells. Vitamin C accelerated gene expression changes and promoted a more efficient transition to the fully reprogrammed state. Somewhat to their surprise, they found that other antioxidants do not have the same effect, but vitamin C does seem to act at least in part through slowing cell senescence.

“Our results highlight a simple way to improve iPSC generation and provide additional insight into the mechanistic basis of reprogramming,” concludes Dr. Pei. “It is also of interest that a vitamin with long-suspected anti-aging effects has such a potent influence on reprogramming, which can be considered a reversal of the aging process at the cellular level. It is likely that our work may stimulate further research in this area as well.”

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Milan, Italy study used stem cells derived from mouse skin tissue to treat MS – Lima multiple sclerosis | Examiner.com

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on November 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm
Milan, Italy study used stem cells derived from mouse skin tissue to treat MS

 

An experiment was published Tuesday in Nature Communications by researchers at San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan and the University of Milan in Italy, that showed they were able to reduce nervous system damage in mice.

Milan, Italy study used stem cells derived from mouse skin tissue to treat MS – Lima multiple sclerosis | Examiner.com.

CHILD RECEIVES NEW STEM CELL TRACHEA

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on April 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm
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Two years ago, 11 year old Ciaran Finn-Lynch, became the world’s first child to receive new trachea.  Scientists/doctors used the child’s own stem cells to rebuild the airway in his body.  This is the really cool stuff because the public can wrap their heads around it and see a trachea in a dish, a nose growing on an arm, etc.  The next step in evolution of the public consciousness is to get them to understand…we can regrow and heal the organs which are already present in their own bodies, already damaged and in need of fixing…with stem cells from their own body.  I think this will be difficult as the home owner with the means will almost always go to the outside plumber or the super store and get a new piece of equipment to replace the old rather than pick up a wrench and fix what they have already.  Another byproduct of the disposable society we live in.  Homes, cars, washing machines and now organs are believed to have a limited life span.  When it breaks, just buy a new one.  - DG

Here’s the article from ScienceDaily:

Surgeons Transplant New Trachea Into Child Using His Own Stem Cells to Rebuild Airway

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100325114400.htm

Which was written based on materials from the University College of London release (what, you thought this was in the US?):

UCL surgeons perform revolutionary transplant operation

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/1003/10031903

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Here’s the 2 year follow-up:

Stem-cell-based, tissue engineered tracheal replacement in a child: a 2-year follow-up study.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22841419

And the human interest story coverage of the same:

Stunning Recovery for First Child to Get Stem Cell Trachea

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/stunning-recovery-child-stem-cell-trachea/story?id=16858771

AUTISM SPECTRUM, TREATMENTS AND CURES(?)

In ALL ARTICLES, OFF THE BEATEN PATH on April 30, 2013 at 10:13 am

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What is the Autism Spectrum? What does it mean to Treat? Does treat mean Cure?

Let’s be clear, as clear as we can. Nothing applies to all but we speak of an autistic spectrum, a gross lumping together of many different variations.

“A spectrum (plural spectra or spectrums[1]) is a condition that is not limited to a specific set of values but can vary infinitely within a continuum…the autism spectrum. In these uses, values within a spectrum may not be associated with precisely quantifiable numbers or definitions. Such uses imply a broad range of conditions or behaviors grouped together and studied under a single title for ease of discussion.”

We use spectrum because it’s easier to do so and because we don’t have 100 different, perfectly defined types of Autism in the spectrum. We don’t have: “Jimmy Jones presents with ADS#72″ and even if we did, it would probably look more like, “Jimmy Jones presents with ADS72 with non-specific characteristics of ADS34 and a dash of ADS9.” We are limited in that we have a spectrum, an umbrella of sorts with perhaps more dissimilarities than similarities between those on it but it’s the umbrella we have so let’s use it because it allows us to move forward on the discourse.

As for the term treat   and what I “mean” by it, now we are getting into strictly defined   terms.  Treat means:
1. To give medical aid to someone.
2. To give medical aid to counteract a disease or   condition.

Treat does not mean cure. .  Likewise, recovery does not mean remission. Asymptomatic does not mean therapeutic benefit.  A treatment, when applied to different people with the same condition or different people on a spectrum, may result in dissimilar responses or results. Some may recover, some may become asymptomatic, some may derive significant therapeutic benefit, some may derive lesser benefits and some may have no significant response to a treatment and some may have limited quantifiable change yet huge quality of life improvement.  I wish there were guarantees on treatments but there are not.

In addition, there are many different kinds of treatments stemming from different schools of thought on cause, affect, symptom alleviation, etc.  There is HBOC, MSC, Chelation Therapy, Nutritional Intervention, Gut Bacteria Proliferation, etc. and many studies showing their safety and efficacy and many swear by them.  Some of these treatments or therapies or interventions have worked for some on the spectrum and because it’s a spectrum, may not work on others. But we educate ourselves to what’s available and the new studies and advancements.

So, here are a few articles. Some will be relevant to your inquiries, some will not. I hope they are helpful and enlightening.  And this is not the sum total of the information out there, just a broad brush stroke collection.   I’ll keep looking and I’ll try to gather some more over the next few days to create a more comprehensive… spectrum…of data and information:  AUTISM AND STEM CELL TREATMENTS

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I’ll leave you with this one last thought.  I used the image at the top for a reason.  It is something I’ve been wrestling with quite a lot lately.  Is Autism an identity or a disability?  Should we search for a cure or try to understand it.  I wrote an article on the subject early this month - AUTISM: IDENTITY OR DISABILITY  

And a chicken and the egg scenario just occurred to me.  Simply put:

Stem cells are the body’s natural healing system.  If you implant stem cells into the body, it will begin to repair itself.  It is the job of the stem cell to assist your body in functioning as well as it possibly can.  Dead tissue can begin to regenerate, new tissue can begin to develop, genetic anomalies can begin to correct, etc.  The stem cells and the body “know” what needs to be done or even, what needs to be fixed.  We can force them to do ‘x’ but eventually they will go fix ‘y.’

So if stem cells ‘fix’ something, that means (at the very least) that the stem cells and your body believed it needed ‘fixing.’  So in the simplest of terms and the broadest of definitions, if stem cells fix Autism, was it not because it needed to be fixed?  I don’t know.  I’m asking.  Maybe you have a different view.  If you do, I’d love to hear it.

p.s. A “friend” noted that cure is perhaps not the best term to use and I agree.  We do need a new set of words. Both for that reason and because we need to start seeing people as people and not as patients and definitely not as diseases. 

Further, when I eat well it is not to cure, when I go to the gym it is not to cure, when I meditate or do yoga it is not to cure. All of these things are to maximize my life, my health, my soundness of body and mind, my time on this earth, not to cure. Part of the issue is that Western medicine treats illnesses not people…wait until someone is sick and then try to fix what’s wrong with them with zero ‘cures’ since Polio 1954.   A pretty backward way of thinking.  Eastern medicine prevents disease as a by product of the efforts taken to maximize one’s health, vitality and life. We could learn a lot from this attitude.

STEM CELLS COME TO THE USA!!!

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on April 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

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 Stem Cells Come to the USA!

A real possibility is that all off shore facilities will go under shortly as people realize stem cells are coming to the USA.   Not only “the smart patient” but also “the smart investor” will return home.   Please forward to relevant parties and contact me if you want to know what the next step is to US based stem cell facilities and treatments.

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Brownback signs into law bill establishing adult stem cell research and treatment at KU Medical Center

Topeka — In a mix of science and anti-abortion politics, Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday signed into law a bill that establishes the nation’s first adult stem cell research and treatment center at the Kansas University Medical Center.

“I am honored to sign this bill of hope and promise and current treatments,” Brownback said.

Brownback described adult stem cell and umbilical cord blood research as an “exploding” area of new discoveries to treat people with a wide range of diseases. “KU will be the leader, Kansas will be the leader, which is fabulous in this burgeoning field,” he said.

But the bill carried political overtones.

It was sponsored by vehement abortion opponents and pushed by the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian lobbying group.

In addition, KU never asked for the legislation establishing what will be known as the Midwest Stem Cell Center, and the Legislature has yet to produce the estimated $1.1 million needed for the center’s startup.

Dr. Buddhadeb Dawn, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at KU Medical Center, on Monday speaks during Gov. Sam Brownback’s bill-signing ceremony on legislation establishing the Midwest Stem Adult Stem Cell Center.  The center will be charged with working on adult stem cell, cord blood and related stem cell research, providing therapies to patients and serving as a clearinghouse for physicians on cutting-edge treatments.  The center is prohibited from using embryonic stem cells or cells taken from aborted fetal tissue.  Abortion opponents oppose human embryonic stem cell research because it involves the destruction of the embryo.

Dr. Buddhadeb Dawn, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at KU Medical Center, was the only KU representative on hand at the bill-signing ceremony. He said the number of clinical trials of bone marrow stem cells for treatment of heart disease had been increasing tremendously over the past several years.

“It would be great to bring such therapies to Kansas, and the formation of such a center which would engage in adult stem cell therapy in patients would give Kansans the chance to be enrolled in such therapy and perhaps give treatment that would change their life,” he said.

David Prentice, senior fellow for life sciences at the Family Research Council, said the center “puts Kansas in a leadership position.”

State Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook, R-Shawnee, who carried the bill in the Legislature said she would push for funding the center when the Legislature returns May 8 for the wrap-up session.

“That’s all under discussion right now,” she said.

At the bill-signing ceremony, several people who have survived diseases spoke about their treatments and how they believed the new center would expand the availability of treatments for others.

Mary Rusco, of Wichita, said she received stem cells from an umbilical cord.

“I have been cancer free for four years now, and as far as I’m concerned I’m cured. I really appreciate the fact that Kansas is doing this so that other people can have access to this opportunity,” she said.

Terry Killman, of Independence, received a bone marrow transplant from his brother.

“This bill will make it that much better for more people to have the opportunity that I’ve had to live,” he said.

Summary of Senate Bill 199 ( .PDF )

DOES GOD WANT ME TO HEAL?

In OFF THE BEATEN PATH, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 17, 2013 at 12:53 pm

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ARE ADULT STEM CELLS, GOD’S HEALING POWER?

VERBOSE AND RANDOM MUSINGS ON GOD, RELIGION, STEM CELLS, HEALTH & THE INEVITABLE

(A 1/4 baked secular and slightly irreverent but meaning no disrespect hypothesis of what God wants us to do when we get sick)

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A religious friend questions her activity in a group on Longevity:
“I really don’t know why I’m in this. Aging is a natural thing. We are all meant to die when god chooses.. anything we do or say will never change that. Life goes how it wants to, and no research is going to change that.”

I responded:

You bring up an interesting question.  I respect your opinion and share my own. For the sake of this exploration, let’s assume God exists and we all agree on how to define him…

You wrote, “We die when God chooses.”

If God brings us into life and chooses our death then I would guess you are presuming that God is omniscient and omnipotent.  If that’s the case, then your entire life too is pre-destined and you have no choice in any of your decisions.  This is fatalism.  In fact, this is absolute fatalism when you give it all up and allow God to take responsibility for everything that happens to you.  This takes all responsibility out of our hands.

The next are controversial hot buttons no doubt but we can only assess the value in a philosophy or “ism” if we push ourselves and them to the extreme.  So, with an omniscient and omnipotent God and a fatalist interpretation, everything happens as it was fated.  The woman gets an abortion only as she was fated to do.  The serial murderer kills again only as he was fated to do.  The Uncle rapes the niece as it was fated.  And we can all just sit back and take no responsibility for anything that happens to us or around us.  That can’t be right.

Perhaps you feel you can interpret God’s intentions and make decisions on behalf of his intentions for yourself.  On the one hand you have no say, on the other you can not only see the pattern in God’s mysterious works but also interpret them and affect change in your life based on your interpretations of them.  So you feel you can analyze and understand the intentions of an omniscient and omnipotent being?  Do you know how limited our vision is, figuratively and literally?  DO you know that we see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.  In fact, we see only about 0.00018% of it in our limited visible spectrum.  The rest of our senses are equally pathetic. SO we are “aware” of an infinitesimal amount of what is really going on. We are completely unprepared and incapable.  For sure, God works in mysterious ways because we only see a trillionth of a fraction of  what he does in the universe.  Einstein said: “trying to understand the universe is like trying to understand an entire deck of cards when you can only see one.”  He understood the folly of that hubris-tic exercise and he was pretty smart by any standards. The narcissism inherent in this is mind boggling. So that can’t be right.

Should we accept our fates or should we try to change them?  Fatalism is a philosophical construct that fails when applied to practical living.  Will you lie down in traffic, secure in your knowledge that if God intended you get run over by a bus, you will get run over by a bus?  Conversely, if God’s intent is for you to live, no number of buses running over you will cause your demise?  No?  Then you are already choosing to abandon fatalism and partaking in actions which hedge your bets against God’s intended destiny for you or fate.  So that can’t be right.

Are you so special that God spends his time on deciding your fate?  Is it the big stuff, like life or death with a big empty space in the middle or does he decide every single event, like if you get a dust mote in your eye or an uncomfortable wedgie from sitting on the bus too long?  Has God put that pimple on your nose before Church?  Don’t use make up, your are covering God’s intent.  So that can’t be right.

“Life goes how it wants to.”

Do you mean God created your life which proceeds according to his plan?  You are giving up all free choice and we are back to the fatalism argument.  Did God intend for a child to be born with a disease or contract a disease and if so, should we allow that to proceed without intervening.  Should a simple infection from a splinter be allowed to spread, become gangrenous and cause death.  The next time you trip, should you keep your hands at your sides and take that concrete curb full in the teeth?  No.  You can’t.  Your survival instincts kick in, as God intended, one might surmise.  We intervene at every level of every day.  God brought you to this group with it’s interests in Longevity.  Was that not his intention?  Does he intend for you to survive only instinctively or also with forethought and planning and the utilization of that grey matter in your head? I’m thinking the latter.

You remind me of a story:

A man lived by the river. He heard a radio report that the river was going to rush up and flood the town. And that all the residents should evacuate their homes. But the man said, ‘I’m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.’

The waters rose up. A guy in a row boat came along and he shouted, ‘Hey, hey you! You in there. The town is flooding. Let me take you to safety.’ But the man shouted back, ‘I’m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.’

A helicopter was hovering overhead. And a guy with a megaphone shouted, ‘Hey you, you down there. The town is flooding. Let me drop this ladder and I’ll take you to safety.’ But the man shouted back that he was religious, that he prayed, that God loved him and that God will take him to safety.

Well… the man drowned. And standing at the gates of St. Peter, he demanded an audience with God. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘I’m a religious man, I pray. I thought you loved me. Why did this happen?’

God said, ‘I sent you a radio report, a helicopter, and a guy in a rowboat. What the hell are you doing here?

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I don’t think we should assume everything is pre-destined

I don’t think we should assume we know God’s plan

I don’t think we should assume we should hand over responsibility for our lives

I don’t think we should assume we should hand over responsibility for the manner in which we die

I don’t think we should assume we are so important as to warrant divine intervention

I don’t think we should take a pass on what God has put before us

Perhaps God’s intent was for us to do everything in our power to live well and to live long.  When a child is struck ill with a deadly disease , it is “God’s will.”  Then, when a child is healed from a deadly disease, it is a miracle.  Is it less of a miracle if a motorcycle accident donates the heart needed or a new treatment cures the previously incurable?  Should we not partake of those things because God has a plan?  Shall we make no effort to assist in the extension of a healthy lifestyle?

Adult stem cells are the body’s natural healing system, presumable put there by God.  Shouldn’t we use them?

Doesn’t God want us to live and prosper? He did give us the equipment for it.  A body that heals and a mind that reasons, a world full of healing plants and doctors and scientists who were put here, also by God.  Is it not God’s intent for you to utilize all of the resources at our disposal, including perhaps, the 76,000,000 hits when you google “God” and “healing.”  The Vatican has given their full throated support to adult stem cells and they know a thing or two about God.  Is it not God’s intent for you to eat, to breath, to love, to connect, to perpetuate the species and to live as best as we can for as long as we can, if for no other reason, then to share and illuminate the word and beauty of God to as many as we can for as long as possible.

So this is your radio report, your row boat  and your helicopter.  If you embrace God, you must embrace food, embrace breathing, embrace health, embrace healing, embrace science and embrace longevity.  They are all put here by God for you to enjoy and benefit from.  To ignore them or turn away is as to turn your back on a gift from God.

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VATICAN SUPPORTS STEM CELLS

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm
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Vatican Conference Hopes to Promote Truth on Adult Stem Cell Therapy

Thu, 11 Apr, 2013 09:32 AM PDT
During today’s first session of the Second International Vatican Adult Stem Cell Conference, scientists, doctors and patients had an opportunity to share not only the advances in adult stem cell research, but also the potential it has to transform modern day health ca…

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A Necessary Union Between Science and Faith

Thu, 11 Apr, 2013 07:01 AM PDT
A three day conference on adult stem cell research began today at the Paul VI Hall in Vatican City. The conference was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture, as well as NeoStem, one of the leading developers in the field of cellular therapy.

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BLOOD, HEART AND BRAIN STEM CELLS

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

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Science daily is an excellent source for medical article and studies.  I’ve received their feed for quite a while now.  Here, are 3 stem cell articles from today.

  1. Blood stem cells, besides turning into hema type cells can also become white blood cells.
  2. Cardiac stem cells from bone marrow can heal the heart.  This we’ve known since the late 90′s but additional confirmation is always appreciated.
  3. Brain stem cells not only can turn into brain and nerve cells but they also clear out the garbage in the brain and keep the cells in a perpetual stem cell state.

These are 3 good stem cell articles but also of note…

This is the first time Science Daily has had three stem cell articles in their feed.  The world is turning to stem cells.  Are you?

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Surprising ability of blood stem cells to respond to emergencies

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130410131227.htm 

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 10:12 AM PDT

Scientists have revealed an unexpected role for hematopoietic stem cells: They do not merely ensure the continuous renewal of our blood cells; in emergencies they are capable of producing white blood cells “on demand” that help the body deal with inflammation or infection. This property could be used to protect against infections in patients undergoing bone marrow transplants, while their immune system reconstitutes itself.

 

Cardiopoietic ‘smart’ stem cells show promise in heart failure patients

 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130410103349.htm

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 07:33 AM PDT

Therapy with cardiopoietic (cardiogenically-instructed) or “smart” stem cells can improve heart health for people suffering from heart failure. This is the first application in patients of lineage-guided stem cells for targeted regeneration of a failing organ, paving the way to development of next generation regenerative medicine solutions.

 

Spring cleaning in your brain’s stem cells?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130410094120.htm

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 06:41 AM PDT

Deep inside your brain, a legion of stem cells lies ready to turn into new brain and nerve cells when you need them. New research shows the vital role of a type of internal “spring cleaning” that both clears out garbage inside the cells, and keeps them in their perpetual stem-cell state.

STEM CELLS 101 – short

In ALL ARTICLES, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS on April 11, 2013 at 12:50 am

Transplanted adult dermal stem cells / Cellule...

STEM CELLS 101 – short

ADULT STEM CELL = ASC

  • SOURCE/DERIVED FROM•comes from
    blood, umbilical cords, bone marrow, placenta fat tissue, muscle, nasal
    neurological, breast milk, menstruation, dental pulp, lungs (new source!) and many more
  • PURPOSE IN BODY•they are the body’s natural healing cells
  • OBSTACLES+SIDE EFFECTS•~zero problems (virtually zero side effects)
  • TREATMENT HISTORY•used in bone marrow transplants to treat cancer for 40 years
  • TREATMENT HISTORY•can currently treat 130+ diseases safely and effectively (CP, MS, Autism, Diabetes, CHF, PAD, etc)

EMBRYONIC STEM CELL = ESC

  • SOURCE/DERIVED FROM•comes from embryos
  • PURPOSE IN BODY•split for 7 weeks until you have a fetus the size of a thumbnail
  • OBSTACLES+SIDE EFFECTS•they create
    cysts and tumors, rejection requires immunosuppressive drugs for the ill
    patient, they carry the genetic anomalies of the donor, etc
  • TREATMENT HISTORY•can currently treat zero diseases, probably need to cure cancer first to use them

INDUCED PLURIPOTENT STEM CELL = iPSC (“Embryonic Stem Cell Lite”)

  • SOURCE/DERIVED FROM•comes from regular adult cells like skin cells that are then transformed by scientists into stem cells
  • PURPOSE IN BODY•to be a skin cell or other tissue
  • OBSTACLES+SIDE EFFECTS•they create
    cysts and tumors, rejection requires immunosuppressive drugs for the ill
    patient, they carry the genetic anomalies of the donor…
  • TREATMENT HISTORY•no treatments to date, probably need to cure cancer first to use them

Kim Kardashian’s $1,500 PLATELET RICH PLASMA ‘vampire facial’

In ALL ARTICLES, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS on April 11, 2013 at 12:42 am
Kim Kardashian’s $1,500 ‘vampire facial’ is a Hollywood hit that promises younger, firmer-looking skin
Her spa procedure is splattered all over her reality TV show, but was it played up for the cameras?

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 6:00 AM

"Tonight on Kourtney & Kim Take Miami!!! #VampireFacial #kktm" Kim Kardashian gets a vampire facial on "Kourtney and Kim Take Miami" on March 10, 2013.

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Kim Kardashian has a Vampire Facelift on camera for ‘KIm and Kourtney Take Miami.’

Keeping up with the Kardashians is getting bloody ridiculous.

Attention-starved Kim K tweeted a shot of her blood-spattered face after a vampire facial, the gruesome $1,500 treatment that promises younger, firmer-looking skin.

The Vampire Facelift – trademarked by Alabama doctor Charles Runels draws blood from the patient’s arm with a needle and separates the platelets into a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) using a centrifuge.

The plasma is then combined with Restylane or Juvederm, and then injected into the face to stimulate collagen production to create new skin and to remove fine lines and acne scars. The 45-minute Facelift is expected to be such a hit in Hollywood that a gift certificate for the painful procedure was included in this year’s Academy Awards swag bag.

PHOTOS: KEEPING UP WITH KIM KARDASHIAN

Beauty takes pain for Kim Kardashian.

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Beauty takes pain for Kim Kardashian.

Kanye West’s baby mama documented the spa session on the latest episode of “Kim and Kourtney Take Miami,” where she visits the Miami Institute for Age Management for the controversial treatment. “Ow, that hurts so bad!” cries the reality star in the clip as blood streams down her face.

The extreme reaction is because her treatment includes the invasive Dermapen, a device that uses nine tiny motorized needles to cause puncture wounds in the skin before applying the platelet-rich plasma mixure.

Plenty of New York women are willing to face the pain, however, for a chance to look younger. Cosmetic surgeon Amiya Prasad performs four Vampire Facelifts a week at his upper East Side practice.

“This is a more aggressive treatment than a regular facial,” says Prasad, who charges around $1,200 for a 45-minute blood facial, “but it’s justified because skin quality improves quite nicely.” He says typically clients notice results in a couple of days that last four to six months.

RELATED: KIM KARDASHIAN RUSHES TO DOCTOR AFTER PREGNANCY SCARE

Kim Kardashian didn't take the facial quietly!

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Kim Kardashian didn’t take the facial quietly!

But you’ll want to wait a day or two before dinner parties or meeting small children since the Dermapen causes bleeding and swelling just like Kardashian’s beauty bloodbath.

“But as bad as your face may look on the day of the procedure, it’s remarkable how good people can look a couple of days later,” he says.

Some medi-spas claim that the reality star’s blood-soaked procedure was played up for the cameras.

“It’s completely absurd,” says Dr. Jack Berdy, the director of SmoothMED, a walk-in Botox boutique in midtown that also offers the Vampire Facelift. He uses less-invasive injections than the Dermapen seen in the video. “You inject it like you would any other filler,” he says. “You can do it on your lunch break.”

RELATED: KIM KARDASHIAN UNDERGOES BLOODY ‘VAMPIRE’ FACIAL

Kardashian is supposed to have a 'youthful' look after undergoing the painful procedure.

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Kardashian is supposed to have a ‘youthful’ look after undergoing the painful procedure.

Plus, Berdy points out that the plasma mixture on Kardashian’s face should be yellow not red. “Her procedure is not set in any sense of reality,” he scoffs.

Dr. Anthony P. Sclafani, the director of facial plastic surgery at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, explains the red smears all over Kardashian’s face could come from not separating the platelets completely.

“Maybe there’s still some blood in it,” suggests Sclafani, who’s done extensive research on the competing $1,500 Selphyl system. He also injects platelet-rich plasma for facial rejuvenation, but without mixing in the added fillers. It’s a simple injection, much like getting Botox or Restalyne. “No needle is fun, but most people are able to do this without any anesthesia,” he says. “They shouldn’t scream in pain like that.”

Even Prasad, who uses the Dermapen regularly, laughed after watching Kardashian’s onscreen procedure. “That looks pretty barbaric!” he says. “She’s a celebrity so, of course, she deals with everything very dramatically.”

He adds, “It can be done very, very gently, and I won’t let what happened to Kim Kardashian happen to you.”

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