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New trial may be step forward for spinal cord injuries

cheap Canada Goose In what Canada Goose online may be another step forward in treating spinal cord injuries, a safety trial will begin this year on the practice ofinjecting stem cells canada goose uk black friday directly into the injury site, Neuralstem Inc. announced Wednesday.

canada goose black friday sale The Maryland company said the University of California, San Diego Institutional Review Board had approved its clinical trial protocol, which also has approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

canada goose The first eight patients who will be enrolled will be paraplegics who had a thoracic spinal cord injury one to two years ago and have canada goose clearance no uk canada goose motor or sensory function below the point of their spinal cord injury.

canada goose clearance sale Thoracic spinal cord injuries are rare, according to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, because of the protection afforded by a person rib cage. In addition to the loss of function in legs, patients also experience a loss of physical sensation, bowel and bladder problems and sexual dysfunction. However, in most cases, function of the arms and hands are not affected.

Canada Goose Jackets It the latest trial designed to inject stem cells into patients spines. The trial is supposed to show that the drug stem cells, in this case is safe, although researchers hope to provide some benefit as well. FULL POST

Stem cells vs. heart attacks

canada goose deals For years it was thought that most damage from a major heart attack was permanent: Dead tissue turns to scar tissue, leading to the heart muscle’s gradual deterioration.

canadian goose jacket But now, there is growing optimism that stem cell canada goose black friday sale therapy may help patients with damaged hearts return to a fully functional life, based on results from early studies.

Canada Goose Parka Of course, larger Canada Goose Parka studies have to confirm the results and the devil is in the details. Those details were on display in a series of five presentations Tuesday at the American Heart Association conference in Los Angeles.

canada goose coats on sale Most promising was long term data on 20 patients with severe, long term heart failure canada goose factory sale stemming from past cheap canada goose uk heart attacks. These patientsnot only improved dramatically after receiving an infusion of their ownheart stem cells, but continued to buy canada goose jacket cheap get better canadian goose jacket two full years after treatment.

Canada Goose online „That’s from just one injection of these cells,“ says Dr. Roberto Bolli, the lead researcher and chief of cardiology at the University of Louisville. Such improvement is virtually unheard of, he canada goose store explains. With standard care, „we know that these patients don’t get better with time because canada goose coats on sale once you have a scar, you have a scar.“ FULL POST

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buy canada goose jacket About 37 million Americans have some level of hearing problem, and science hasn come up with a perfect solution to restore this valuable sense.

Help may be on the way, at least in theory. A team canada goose uk outlet of researchers Canada Goose sale reports in the journal Nature that they have used embryonic stem cells to restore some hearing in impaired gerbils. But more investigation is necessary before the technology can move to humans.

Everyone has two main sensory cell types associated with hearing: the hair cell and the auditory neuron. Hair cells take canada goose clearance sale sound and make it into an electrical signal. Neurons pick up the signal and transfer it to the brain, so you know what you hearing. The cells are usually created during the embryonic stage of development.

Canada Goose Outlet Patient own stem cells help heal heart

A patient own heart cells can be used to regrow new heart tissue and help undo damage caused by a heart attack, according to early research published on Monday.

Scientists at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore were able to treat 17 heart attack patients uk canada goose outlet with cells grown from their own heart tissue. Not only did this show that the procedure was safe, it also showed that the cells can help reduce scarring and even cause new heart muscle to grow.

canada goose coats When a person suffers a heart attack, he or she is often left with huge areas of scarring in the heart. Scarred cheap Canada Goose heart muscle doesn pump blood as well as it used to, putting stress on other parts of the heart to make up for the deficit. The damaged area also doesn conduct electric current as well, leading to an abnormal heart rhythm, which can cause more problems. Heart attack patients often go on to develop heart failure.

Wanted: Partner for a stem cell pioneer

It appears that the economy, not controversy, is shutting down the first clinical trial to use Canada Goose Jackets cells derived from human embryonic stem cells in humans. Due to the environment of capital scarcity and uncertain economic conditions, Geron CEO Dr. Canada Goose Outlet John Scarlett said his company will be focusing on developing cancer treatments instead.

In January 2009, after many years of research, Geron canada goose coats became the first company to get FDA approval for human trials using cells grown from human embryonic stem cells. The the FDA asked for more research, which canadagooseonline led to final approval in July of last year. Three months later, a 21 year old nursing student from Alabama became the first human to be injected with these cells.

canada goose store The purpose of this Canada Goose Online trial was to determine safety. canada goose uk shop Embryonic stem cells have the ability to turn into any type of cell. Cells that had been coaxed into becoming nerves cells were injected into patients who had just suffered a spinal cord injury that paralyzed them from the chest on down. Patients had to receive these injections within two weeks of being paralyzed.

Doctor: We can change the world with human embryonic stem cells

canada goose clearance Editor’s note: This week,The Chart is taking a closer look at the most important health stories of 2010. One was stem cell research, a topic with which Dr. John McDonald is very familiar. McDonald is director buy canada goose jacket of the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. The longtime stem cell researcher, who was one of Canada Goose Coats On Sale Christopher Reeve’s physicians, provides his perspective on the first human clinical trial of embryonic stem cell research.

2010 Year in Review: Stem cell research

buy canada goose jacket cheap Editor’s note: This week,The Chart is taking a closer look at the most important health stories of 2010. Each day, we feature buzzwords and topics that came to the forefront over the past year.


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