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Scientists Explore (Adult) Stem Cells to Treat Diabetic Blindness

Great news about ethical treatment for a common complication of diabetes, from the Voice of America: Stitt, who directs the Queen’s University Center for Vision and Vascular Science, is participating in a European-led study called Repair of Diabetic Damage by Stromal Cell Administration (REDDSTAR). Researchers from the U.S., Northern Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and … Continue reading

>Stem cell video collection

>Here’s a video featuring Scotland’s Dr. Colin McGuckin, who has been doing research on cord blood stem cells. Dr. McGuckin has worked with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and NASA to produce embryonic-like stem cells from umbilical cord blood cells. His lab has gone on to stimulate those embryonic-like stem cells – … Continue reading

>Cutting Edge Juvenile Diabetes Adult Stem Cell Research

>Interrupting our discussion on State force and conscience, but this news is just too cool to postpone:Regenetech, the company that has the license agreement with NASA for the “Intrafuge” that processes cord blood cells and bone marrow cells for the production of embryonic-like and select stem cell treatments, has announced a two year agreement for … Continue reading

>Great news from the mom of a child with diabetes (cord blood)

>There’s a great comment today from the mom of a boy whose Type 1 or Juvenile Diabetes is being treated with cord blood: Darla Lindenmayer said… My son so far has been the oldest to participate in the cord blood trial. We are excited how well it is working. My son has gone from 5 … Continue reading

>Type I diabetes and cord blood

>Researchers at the University of Florida have treated children, aged 2 to 7, with infusions of their own stored cord blood, with some improvement in insulin production and control of blood sugar. No one knows the exact mechanism that causes the disease we know as Juvenile or Type I Diabetes Melitus (DMI), but it is … Continue reading

>Juvenile Diabetes Adult Stem Cell Cure?

>The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a study – free online here – that describes successful treatment of 13 patients with their own stem cells. Some of the patients have been able to go without insulin or any other medications to control their diabetes. 15 patients with new onset “Juvenile Onset,” “Insulin … Continue reading

Texas Politics, Bias and Bioethics

“All politics is local,” is a quote attributed to – and the title of a book co-authored by – the late, former Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill. The lesson seems to be one that Texas State Representative Juan Garcia, D-Corpus Christi, learned well. It doesn’t hurt to stack the deck in your favor, either. … Continue reading

>Texas, Adult Stem Cells, Multiple Sclerosis

>Opexa is a division of Pharmafronteirs (or it’s the other way around, I’m not sure) which is based at the Woodlands, near Houston, Texas. The company specializes in cell therapies, based on adult stem cells and the controlled manipulation and replication of adult cells. Multiple sclerosis (MS)is a disease that causes the loss of the … Continue reading

>Review of Umbilical Cord Pancreas Cells

>I’ve read the unproofed draft (their English is much better than my Korean) of “Induction of human umbilical cord blood-derived stem cells with embryonic stem cell phenotypes into insulin producing islet-like structure” by B. Sun, et. al. (Biochem. Biophys.Res. Commun. (2007), doi:10.1016/j.bbrc.2007.01.069) The authors do not tell us how much of the insulin-secreting cells or … Continue reading

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