Seven Stem Cell Stories That Made News in 2018

Last year stem cells made headlines as new discoveries led to advanced medical research and more effective treatment options. Let’s take a closer look at their special ability to multiply, self-renew and form different types of tissue through some exciting news stories from 2018:

  1. Stem Cells Can Differentiate Into Neurons and May Be Useful Post-Stroke Therapeutics
    Evidence has shown grafted stem cells can improve brain function following stroke, even though most never reach the injured brain regions. However, introducing stem cells directly to the injured area via injection may provide greater opportunity to restore brain function.
  2. Researchers Discover New Type of Stem Cell
    John Bracht, American University biology assistant professor, and his students discovered a new type of cell state that could help ensure one always has the ability to generate healthy fat cells.
  3. Skeletal Stem Cells Found in Humans for First Time, Promising New Treatments for Fractures and Osteoporosis
    Researchers have finally triumphed in a quest to identify human stem cells that reliably develop into the bone, cartilage, and other tissues that make up the body’s skeleton. This discovery could pave the way for new treatments for fractures, joint damage and osteoporosis.
  4. Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Could Serve as Cancer Vaccine
    Pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are thekeystone of regenerative medicine. Outside the body, they can be coaxed to become many different types of cells and tissues that can help repair damage due to trauma or disease. A recent study from Stanford University School of Medicine now suggests another use for iPS cells: training the immune system to attack or even prevent tumors.
  5. Doctors Hope for Blindness Cure After Restoring Patients’ Sight
    A treatment for the most common cause of blindness—age-related macular degeneration—could be available within five years, scientists believe, after revealing the first two patients given a revolutionary regenerative therapy have regained enough vision to be able to read.
  6. Key to Effective Parkinson’s Treatment May Lie in Stem Cells, Researchers Say
    The most promising therapeutic approach to truly reverse Parkinson’s progression involves replacing dopamine-producing neurons that have been lost over the course of the disease, with stem cells.
  7. Stem Cell Transplant ‘Game Changer’ for MS Patients
    Doctors say a stem cell transplant could be a game changer for many patients with multiple sclerosis. Results from an international trial show stem cells were able to stop the disease and improve symptoms. The procedure involves inhibiting a patient’s immune system using cancer drugs and restarting it with a stem cell transplant.

Using stem cells to treat your pain

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