DAVID GRANOVSKY

Posts Tagged ‘stem cell’

MOSES, STEM CELL PATHWAYS AND MAYBE METASTATIC CANCERS

In ALL ARTICLES, DISEASE INFO, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on January 20, 2017 at 9:32 am

When white blood cells leave a vessel through the vessel wall, they contort their shape to pass through.  But when stem cells exit a blood vessel, they don’t change their shape.  They just pass on through the wall and the endothelial cells lining the vessel do the work by stretching around them and then actively expelling them.   In other words, the stem cells are the Moses to the parting of the cells of the blood vessels:
“…when we looked at therapeutic stem cells… the endothelial cells not only changed their shape in order to surround the stem cell, they actually pushed the stem cells out of the blood vessel. We’ve named this process angiopellosis, and it represents an alternative way for cells to leave blood vessels.”  Which begs the question…is this how cancer cells move around too?

Stem Cell Finding May Improve Understanding of Metastatic Cancers

  • A stem cell exits the bloodstream through angiopellosis. [Alice MacGregor Harvey, North Carolina State University]

  • Researchers at North Carolina State University have discovered that therapeutic stem cells exit the bloodstream in a different manner than was previously thought. This process, called angiopellosis by the researchers, has implications for improving our understanding of not only intravenous stem cell therapies, but also metastatic cancers.

    When white blood cells need to get to the site of an infection, they can exit the bloodstream via a process known as diapedesis. In diapedesis, the white blood cell changes its shape to squeeze between or through the epithelial cells that form the walls of the blood vessel. Diapedesis is a well-understood process, and researchers believed that other types of cells, like therapeutic stem cells or even metastatic cancer cells, exited blood vessels in a similar way, with the cells pushing or squeezing themselves out.

    But a group of researchers led by Ke Cheng, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular biomedical sciences at NC State with a joint appointment in the NC State/University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill Department of Biomedical Engineering, found that these stem cells behaved differently. Their study (“Angiopellosis as an Alternative Mechanism of Cell Extravasation”) appears online in Stem Cells.

    Therapeutic stem cells share the same ability to exit the bloodstream and target particular tissues that white blood cells do. But the precise way that they did so was not well understood, so Dr. Cheng and his team used a zebrafish model to study the process. The genetically modified zebrafish embryos were transparent and had fluorescently marked green blood vessels. Researchers injected the embryos with white blood cells and cardiac stem cells from humans, rats, and dogs. These cells had all been marked with a red fluorescent protein.

    Through time-lapse, three-dimensional, light sheet microscopic imaging, Dr. Cheng and his team could trace the progress of these cells as they left the blood vessel. The white blood cells exited via diapedesis, as expected. When stem cells exited the blood vessel, however, the endothelial cells lining the vessel actively expelled them. Membranes surrounding the endothelial cells on either side of the stem cell stretched themselves around the stem cell, then met in the middle to push the stem cell out of the vessel.

    “When you’re talking about diapedesis, the white blood cell is active because it changes its shape in order to exit. The endothelial cells in the blood vessel are passive,” Dr. Cheng says. “But when we looked at therapeutic stem cells, we found the opposite was true—the stem cells were passive—and the endothelial cells not only changed their shape in order to surround the stem cell, they actually pushed the stem cells out of the blood vessel. We’ve named this process angiopellosis, and it represents an alternative way for cells to leave blood vessels.”

    The researchers found two other key differences between angiopellosis and diapedesis: one, that angiopellosis takes hours, rather than minutes, to occur and two, that angiopellosis allows more than one cell to exit at a time.

    “Angiopellosis is really a group ticket for cells to get out of blood vessels,” notes Dr. Cheng. “We observed clusters of cells passing through in this way. Obviously, this leads us to questions about whether other types of cells, like metastatic cancer cells, may be using this more effective way to exit the bloodstream, and what we may need to do to stop them.”

 

via

STEM CELL ‘LIVING BANDAGE’ FOR KNEE INJURIES

In SCIENCE & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, ALL ARTICLES on January 19, 2017 at 4:31 pm

Can we regrow a meniscus with stem cells?  Yes, of course.

  1. stem cells are harvested from the patient’s bone marrow
  2. cells are grown for 2 weeks
  3. cells are seeded onto a membrane scaffold
  4. the manufactured cell bandage is surgically implanted into the tear
  5. the cartilage is sewn up around the bandage to keep it in place

    All five patients had an intact meniscus 12 months post implantation

Stem cell ‘living bandage’ for knee injuries trialled in humans

December 16, 2016
Stem cell ‘living bandage’ for knee injuries trialled in humans
Credit: University of Bristol

A ‘living bandage’ made from stem cells, which could revolutionise the treatment and prognosis of a common sporting knee injury, has been trialled in humans for the first time by scientists at the Universities of Liverpool and Bristol.

Meniscal tears are suffered by over one million people a year in the US and Europe alone and are particularly common in contact sports like football and rugby. 90 per cent or more of tears occur in the white zone of meniscus which lacks a blood supply, making them difficult to repair. Many professional sports players opt to have the torn tissue removed altogether, risking osteoarthritis in later life.

The cell bandage has been developed by Bristol University spin-out company Azellon, and is designed to enable the meniscal tear to repair itself by encouraging cell growth in the affected tissue.

A prototype version of the cell bandage was trialled in five patients, aged between 18 and 45, with white-zone meniscal tears. The trial received funding support from Innovate UK and the promising results have been published today in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine.

The procedure involved taking , harvested from the patient’s own bone marrow, which were then grown for two weeks before being seeded onto a membrane scaffold that helps to deliver the cells into the injured site. The manufactured cell bandage was then surgically implanted into the middle of the tear and the cartilage was sewn up around the bandage to keep it in place.

All five patients had an intact meniscus 12 months post implantation. By 24 months, three of the five patients retained an intact meniscus and had returned to normal knee functionality whilst the other two patients required surgical removal of the damaged meniscus due to a new tear or return of symptoms.

Professor Anthony Hollander, formerly of Bristol and now Chair of Stem Cell Biology at the University of Liverpool and Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Azellon, said: “The cell bandage trial results are very encouraging and offer a potential alternative to surgical removal that will repair the damaged tissue and restore full knee function.

“We are currently developing an enhanced version of the cell bandage using donor stem cells, which will reduce the cost of the procedure and remove the need for two operations.”

The cell bandage was produced by the Advanced Therapies Unit at the NHS Blood & Transplant facility in Speke, Liverpool and implanted into patients at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, under the supervision of Professor Ashley Blom, Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Bristol.

Professor Blom, from Bristol’s School of Clinical Sciences, commented: “The cell bandage offers an exciting potential new treatment option for surgeons that could particularly benefit younger patients and athletes by reducing the likelihood of early onset osteoarthritis after meniscectomy.”

A spokesperson for Innovate UK said: “Turning into clinical and commercial reality requires close collaboration between businesses, universities, and Hospitals. It’s great to see this inter-disciplinary approach has led to such an exciting outcome from this first-in-human trial.”

Explore further: Pioneering stem cell bandage receives approval for clinical trial

More information: Repair of Torn Avascular Meniscal Cartilage Using Undifferentiated Autologous Mesenchymal Stem Cells: From In Vitro Optimization to a First-in-Human Study, , DOI: 10.1002/sctm.16-0199, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/sctm.16-0199/abstract

Read more at: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-12-stem-cell-bandage-knee-injuries.html#jCp

Is Donald Trump FOR or AGAINST Stem Cells?

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, ALL ARTICLES, BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS on January 17, 2017 at 11:08 am

Same old tug of war

While much has been written about this, few have answered it well.  Let’s try.  A brief recap.

  1. President-Elect is considering representative Andrew Harris (R-MD) as Director of the National Institutes of Health.
  2. “Some researchers are concerned about how Harris might approach human embryonic stem cell research. In 2005, when Harris was a member of the Maryland legislature, he led an ultimately unsuccessful effort to derail legislation creating a state [Embryonic] stem cell research fund.” via
  3. If Harris is NIH Director, he will support adult stem cells but not embryonic stem cells.

So, if Trump places Harris, there will be more support for Adult stem cells and less for Embryonic.

Is that good or bad?

  1.  While there are different stem cells sources; embryonic, adult (about 70), iPSC, etc., in the US, the POLITICAL debate is only about Embryonic vs Adult stem cells.
  2.  Embryonic stem cells are powerful BUT have a history of generating cysts, tumors, teratomas and cancer and virtually zero successes to date.
  3. Many of the 70+ adult stem cells are less powerful but…SOME may be AS powerful as embryonic stem cells.
  4. Many conditions can be treated with the adult stem cells from your own body (autologous).
  5. Adult stem cells have almost 1,000 clinical trials proving safety and efficacy.  https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/stem-cells-for-newbies/

So…

if Trump picks Harris = Pro Adult = Anti Embryonic = Pro Treatments Now

Donald Trump And The Great Stem Cell Decision

01/16/2017 02:13 pm ET

I do not think President-elect Donald Trump has his mind completely made up on the subject of stem cell research. Certainly I cannot find any quotes from him opposing the research.

But if the President-Elect chooses representative Andrew Harris (R-MD) as Director of the National Institutes of Health, that will signify an irrevocable decision. The President-elect will have boxed himself in as an opponent not only of stem cell research supporters, but also the one in five Americans with a disability—and we, their families, who dream of cure.

Families like mine.

My paralyzed son Roman Reed’s name is on state legislation which funded the first embryonic stem cell research therapy in the nation: The Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999. “Roman’s Law” funded Dr. Hans Keirstead’s famous method of using embryonic stem cells to “re-insulate” damaged spinal cord nerves, currently in human trials.

In California, voters backed a $6 billion stem cell program, which has led to therapies in clinical trials for blindness, diabetes, spinal cord injuries, cancer and much more.

We felt so strongly about protecting our research that we established protections for it in the California State Constitution.

This was done precisely because of political ideologues like Representative Harris, a determined enemy of the research California supports. In public and behind the scenes, Harris has worked against embryonic stem cell research since 2005, when he tried (unsuccessfully) to kill a stem cell program for his own home state of Maryland. But that was not the end of his attacks.

Harris co-sponsored a “personhood” bill, House Resolution 816, which defined every fertilized egg as a person with rights under law. Bear in mind a fertilized egg is essentially liquid, often shed unnoticed in a woman’s monthly cycle. Yet personhood bills would criminalize embryonic stem cell research.

It was almost certainly Harris who manipulated the 21st Century Cures Act so that its funds were limited to the less effective adult stem cells, with zero funding allowed for the far more powerful embryonic.

President-Elect Trump might wish to consider retaining the services of Francis Collins, the current Director of the National Institutes of Health. A born-again Christian, Dr. Collins is a moderate, not a boat-rocker. But he is also pro-stem cell.

Dr. Collins is strongly supported by such key Republicans as Lamar Alexander, Chairman, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; Roy Blunt, Chairman, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services; Fred Upton, Chairman, House Committee on Energy and Commerce; and Tom Cole, Chairman, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies.

On December 2, 2016, these Republican leaders sent an open letter to President-elect Trump, recommending the retention of Dr. Collins, saying:

“Dr. Collins is the right person, at the right time, to continue to lead the world’s premier biomedical research agency. He possesses all the attributes one should have as the Director of the National Institutes of Health—intellectual prowess, renowned scientific experience, and outstanding leadership skills. We are confident that under his leadership and with Congress’ commitment to biomedical research as a national priority, the National Institutes of Health will thrive and continue to enhance the Nation’s health through scientific discovery and biomedical research.”

Selecting Francis Collins as NIH Director puts the President on the side of science.

But for all who hope for a positive stem cell policy, hiring Andrew Harris would be an absolute deal-breaker.

Don C. Reed is the author of “STEM CELL BATTLES: Proposition 71 and Beyond: How Ordinary People Can Fight Back Against the Crushing Burden of Chronic Disease”, World Scientific Publishing, Inc.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/don-c-reed/post_13911_b_14152616.html

JAMES, 9 YEARS AFTER STEM CELLS

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, ALL ARTICLES on January 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm

What can you do after stem cells? Metallica!

james-drums

This is James, 9 years after his stem cell treatment for Congestive Heart Failure, absolutely crushing Metallica’s “Leper Messiah” with a current ejection fraction of 50-55%…double his prior EF!

When he’s not slapping the skins, James is happily employed as a simulation engineer with KUKA robotics.

James Eilert, 34 years old, presented with a “widowmaker” [100 % blockage of the left ascending coronary artery]. His ejection fraction (EF – volume of blood his heart pumps out) was between 20 and 25 percent (55 is normal). His cardiologist told him he has about 5 years left to live. James rejected his prognosis and left the country in order to receive Adult Stem Cell treatment.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu2v-2Mbgdk
[Turn Down the Volume on your Computer!]

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

SYSTEM CONNECTING BRAIN TO IMMUNE SYSTEM FOUND – AUTISM RECONSIDERED?

In ALL ARTICLES on September 16, 2015 at 11:47 am
“In contradiction to decades of medical education, a direct connection has been reported between the brain and the immune system….It seems astonishing that, after centuries of dissection, a system of lymphatic vessels could have survived undetected.”

EVERY time I have a conversation with someone who is 100% sure, I laugh inside and remember that everything we know for sure will be disproved within our lifetimes.
 
Medical science was 100% sure:
the heart doesn’t regenerate…wrong
the brain and central nervous system doesn’t regenerate…wrong
all of the ligaments have been found…wrong
butter is healthier, margarine is healthier, butter, margarine…wrong
stem cells don’t work…wrong
cholesterol is bad…wrong
and on and on and on and now…
 
This changes everything.

“It changes entirely the way we perceive the neuro-immune interaction,” says Kipnis. “We always perceived it before as something esoteric that can’t be studied. But now we can ask mechanistic questions.”

MS is known to be an example of the immune system attacking the brain, although the reasons are poorly understood. The opportunity to study lymphatic vessels that link the brain to the immune system could transform our understanding of how these attacks occur, and what could stop them. The causes of Alzheimer’s disease are even more controversial, but may also have immune system origins, and the authors suggest protein accumulation is a result of the vessels failing to do their job.

Indeed, Kipnis claims, “We believe that for every neurological disease that has an immune component to it, these vessels may play a major role.”

This changes everything.

Every single study dealing with brain and immune and GI systems must be revisited and re-evaluated.

For example, it begs the question…With so many people saying Autism is a neurological malfunction and so many people saying Autism is immune system caused and so many saying it is nutritional and heavy metal toxin caused…if these systems are all interconnected, perhaps they are all right.  Is it time to reconsider the cause (causes!) of Autism?

http://www.iflscience.com/brain/vessels-found-connect-immune-system-and-brain

Anecdotal – The Dirty Word in Gordie Howe’s Stem Cell Treatment

In ALL ARTICLES on February 10, 2015 at 7:35 pm

What does it tell you when expert after expert tries to discredit the results of Gordie Howe’s stem cell treatment while his son Dr. Murray Howe, chairman of Toledo Hospital’s department of radiology, credits the stem cells for his recovery?

Dr. Murray Howe is the chairman of Toledo Hospital's department of radiology.

Dr. Murray Howe is the chairman of Toledo Hospital’s department of radiology.

What does it tell you when expert after expert claim his recovery and improvements are insignificant…while simultaneously attributing his recovery and improvements to everything except the stem cells he received?

What does it tell you when expert after expert discredits the anecdotal evidence of Gordie Howe’s recovery as “merely anecdotal” while it is actually one mere drop in an ocean of tens of thousands per year who have improved from cancer with cellular therapies over the last 59 years and tens of thousands who have improved over the past 12-14 years from non-cancer conditions?

And what is the value of this huge array of empirical and anecdotal evidence?

Gordie Howe Recovers From Stroke with Stem Cells

Gordie Howe Recovers From Stroke with Stem Cells

There are many types of evidence, not just trials or anecdotal.  Too often we reduce the evidential options to either clinical trials or anecdote.  Wrong.  That’s 5 blind men describing an elephant all over again.  We must take into account ALL of the different types of evidence and only THEN we can make a judgment based on the cumulative evidential data.

Anecdotal Evidence – Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant, Rafael Nadar, Bartolo Colon…athletes from major sports organizations all over the world are embracing and anecdotally illustrating the safety and efficacy of cellular therapies

Statistical Evidence – 50,000 patients per year… are statistically illustrating the safety and efficacy of cellular therapies

Testimonial Evidence – Youtube is chock full of testimonies of athletes and patients who are benefiting from cellular therapies and via testimonial, illustrating the safety and efficacy of cellular therapies

Analogical Evidence – 59 years and thousands of trials and studies are analogously illustrating the safety and efficacy of cellular therapies

Clinical Trial evidence – Even though it may be the wrong process to evaluate cellular therapies, the vast majority of over 2,400 clinical trials are scientifically and empirically illustrating the safety and efficacy of cellular therapies

Miracle results? No.  This is par for the course results from real expectations based on the multitude of evidence types collected over the past six decades for cellular therapies.  The combined patchwork of all of the data from all of these evidences paints a very compelling conclusion.

Are cellular therapies safe and effective?  All of the evidences seem to say so.  Not just the anecdotal evidence;
anecdotal,
statistical,
testimonial,
analogical
and clinical trial evidences.

by David Granovsky, Stem Cell Writer and Author

Read one of the many myopically evidential articles here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/the-stem-cell-miracle-is-anecdotal/article22880977/

SHOULD STEM CELLS BE USED ONLY AS A LAST RESORT?

In ALL ARTICLES on January 12, 2015 at 1:49 pm

https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e8/Last_Resort_Logo_Noir.png

Should stem cells be used only as a last resort? 

Two reasons why the answer is NO!

1.  Last week I saw someone with no education on stem cells stating that stem cells should be used only as a last resort.
The presentation of stem cell therapies as a last resort is tragic. Unfortunately, most people do come to me asking for information as a last resort.  They have been advised by their friends, family, medical professionals and media that they should try everything else and not try stem cells.  When all else fails and they finally approach me, “I’ve tried everything,” is a common explanation. Again, tragic. In many cases, the sooner stem cells are used, the faster patients can improve their quality of life, relieve their suffering and mediate their symptoms.
The CEO of a well known stem cell company made this analogy: “Most people renovate their homes just before selling them.  What a missed opportunity!  If they renovated them earlier they would derive years of pleasure from the renovation instead of fixing things up for the next owner.”  But what if you used stem cell therapies to improve your health and fix your body BEFORE you exhausted all other resources, money, energy, your immune system and your health?   What a concept.
2.  A new study is investigating the question: Is stem cell therapy less effective in older patients with chronic diseases?
Let’s over-simplify…
When was the last time a piece of equipment in your car failed and another one didn’t fail soon after.  This is because they are dependent upon each other for optimum efficiency.  The older the patient and the more advanced their disease, the odds are, the more there are other organs and systems being taxed beyond their capabilities.  And many people believe one pill will fix their disease but it’s far from true.  We must change the one pill for one one disease, one size fits all, magic cure belief which is rampant in the USA.  There is no evidence to support it.
Look at it another way.  Consider your body a battleground and the disease is the enemy.  The surest way to fight the enemy is to send wave after wave of soldiers (stem cells) into battle.  But many of the same issues in battle restrict maximizing the success of your therapy.  If you cut off the supply routes to the soldiers carrying food and ammunition (a weakened or restricted circulatory system), your soldiers’ ability to move to the battle will be ineffective.  If you wipe out their communications (cytokines/messenger cells), your soldiers won’t know where to go or what is needed to fight.
Time is always against us.  The longer we wait, the more our resources will be depleted and our other organs and systems will be taxed, both to support the failing areas and due to the natural deterioration associated with aging.  “Aging and chronic diseases including CVD and diabetes substantially affect stem/progenitor cells of adult organism. Such conditions could restrict the effectiveness of autologous cell therapy in aged patients with CAD, lower limb ischemia, T2DM and other chronic pathologies, although these patients are some of the most obvious candidates for cell therapy.”

Autologous Stem Cell Therapy: How Aging and Chronic Diseases Affect Stem and Progenitor Cells – http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/biores.2014.0042

It is my hope that people do real research or talk to someone who has so they can make an educated decision about reclaiming their health. There is a great deal of misinformation out there and many people are trying to sabotage the real info and data getting to those whom need it most. Let’s work together to get rid of misinformation and not perpetuate the confusion which may lead to unnecessary suffering.  DON’T WAIT.

LORI MILLS WINS BATTLE WITH BLUE CROSS IN WAR ON CIDP

In ALL ARTICLES, BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on January 9, 2015 at 8:08 pm

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”Lao-tzu,

Lori Mills’ story is now mainstream and may affect millions of people in years to come.  You may have seen her in the dictionary under “persistence” or next to the quote: “be the change you want to see in the world.”  Certainly she is a very lucky woman.  Or maybe it’s simpler than that.  Maybe she is simply a mother and a wife who wants to live her life as best as she can without simultaneously carrying the burden of a debilitating illness.

Lori has chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy or CIDP and she was denied insurance coverage by Blue Cross Blue Shield in the Summer of 2014.  One week ago, believe it or not, they reversed their decision. This is a huge victory for Lori in the battle with Blue Cross Blue Shield.  This is also the first of many skirmishes in her war on CIDP and a minor victory for those that follow her.  Here’s how it breaks down:

  • Be excited for Lori as she now has a chance at a better life.  She has defeated the one thing standing in her way of getting treated.
  • Don’t expect insurance companies to start caving tomorrow as BCBS has already stated with conviction that this is not to be seen as a precedent.
  • The treatment she is approved for is a clinical trial with exclusionary criteria, not from a treatment center so this is not available to the general public.

I reached out to Lori today and both she and her friends responded with grace and respect:

Hi Lori,
I’m following your story with great interest. I am a 10 year stem cell educator and while Blue Cross is clear in stating that this shouldn’t be considered precedent setting I just wanted to personally thank you for your hard work to get the doors open just a little bit more for those people who are suffering needlessly with conventional drug and treatment protocols which do not work for them. Kudos to you and yours! Wishing you the best,
David

We wish her great success and hope to do a follow up on her progress at the end of her trial.

————————-

I’d like to share something with you.  Look at the image below.  It jumped out at me.
A simple statement.  “I’m a CIDP Fighter.”
We can all understand what it means to fight a single adversary.
With awareness and education we can learn what it means to fight an invisible neurological illness like CIDP.
And that should be enough.  For anyone.  But it isn’t.

Today’s patients seek answers, seek cures, seek stem cell therapies…
but they are not just fighting their conditions…
they often are simultaneously fighting the medical establishment, fighting insurance companies, fighting ignorance and fighting resistance.
It should not be this hard.  We should do more to make it easier for patients to get the treatments they need.  We must do more.

https://i2.wp.com/api.ning.com/files/g3sZFdca7acig06FeFWUZqdRPlquxI2mTDs9uAFPDyLXkzcpRZ7I43vUcRg17SeZXVckqdfYklRANSSUHPFwBNvR9VB6NnHt/603671_10102191952132385_769765818_n1.jpg

Blue Cross overturns decision, approves stem cell transplant coverage

GREENVILLE, Mich. — Lori Mills has been approved to receive a stem cell transplant under her Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage.

The insurance company has overturned its previous denial from the summer of 2014.

In a letter Mills received January 2, 2015, Blue Cross states the company will now pay for the potentially life-changing procedure.

“I know it’s going to be a shot at a whole new life for me,” Mills said today.

She added, “I know that because of our previous interview, it really helped get this approval letter because whenever I call they talk about it.”

FOX 17 also interviewed Mills in October, questioned Blue Cross, and aired her story.

She suffers from chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy or CIDP. Her immune system attacks her nervous system. She shakes, has numbness, and it impairs her movement.

Doctors told her a stem cell transplant could be the cure.

via

RELATED ARTICLES:

NONMYELOABLATIVE AUTOLOGOUS HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION FOR REFRACTORY CIDP

http://www.neurology.org/content/69/18/1802.short

Haemopoietic stem cell transplantation—an evolving treatment for severe autoimmune and inflammatory diseases in rheumatology, neurology and gastroenterology

http://www.maneyonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10245330701255106

Autologous haemopoietic stem cell transplantation for autoimmune diseases
http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1517/14712598.2011.580272

PROOF THE ENVIRONMENT CONTRIBUTES TO DISEASE

In ALL ARTICLES, DISEASE INFO, HEALTH AND WELLNESS on November 26, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Science has poo-pooed the effect of environmental toxins for years citing that the miniscule concentrations of toxins couldn’t possibly cause harm to the human body. Everything from GMOs to toxins in vaccines were ignored based on this premise. New science reveals though that the environment can not only effect the human body but it can change DNA and contribute to diseases. Now that there’s proof, it’s time to get the crap out of our lives. -David Granovsky toxin-problem HOW ENVIRONMENT CONTRIBUTES TO SEVERAL HUMAN DISEASES National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Using a new imaging technique, researchers have found that the biological machinery that builds DNA can insert molecules into the DNA strand that are damaged as a result of environmental exposures. These damaged molecules trigger cell death that produces some human diseases, according to the researchers. The work provides a possible explanation for how one type of DNA damage may lead to cancer, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and lung disease, and Alzheimer’s disease… Samuel Wilson, M.D., senior NIEHS researcher on the team, explained that the damage is caused by oxidative stress, or the generation of free oxygen molecules, in response to environmental factors, such as ultraviolet exposure, diet, and chemical compounds in paints, plastics, and other consumer products… “When one of these oxidized nucleotides is placed into the DNA strand, it can’t pair with the opposing nucleotide as usual, which leaves a gap in the DNA,” Wilson said. “Until this paper, no one had actually seen how the polymerase did it or understood the downstream implications.” http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsroom/releases/2014/november25/index.cfm http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141125101703.htm

%d bloggers like this: