“Patients who were in wheelchairs are walking now” following surgery using adult stem cells

By Dave Andrusko I was pleased but not surprised at the response to “Ethically sound stem cells provide “meaningful” recover in stroke victims” that ran yesterday in NRL News Today. Good news sometimes really does travel fast. The research at Stanford University School of Medicine is so encouraging and potentially applicable to such a wide …

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Stroke Breakthrough Using Adult Stem Cells?

By Wesley J. Smith So, once again the damned-with-faint-praise adult stem cell field seems headed toward significant treatment breakthroughs. This time stroke. From the Washington Post story: Grain of salt. Grain of salt. Grain of salt. Sometimes studies such as this do not bear fruit later on. Stanford researchers studying the effect of stem cells …

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Ethically sound stem cells provide “meaningful” recover in stroke victims

By Dave Andrusko A study published in the journal Stroke “is creating significant buzz in the neuroscience community because the results appear to contradict a core belief about brain damage — that it is permanent and irreversible,” according to Ariana Eunjung Cha of the Washington Post. The preliminary research, which admittedly is tentative and involved …

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Paralyzed man with “no hope” for recovery unable to speak while doctors ask family about donating his organs

  By Dave Andrusko Jim Fritze’s grief-stricken relatives came to Sahlgrenska Hospital to say their final goodbyes. Doctors said brains scans showed that the 43-year-old Fritze had “no hope” of pulling through. “Doctors asked the family about the possibility of donating his organs when he died,” reported The Daily Mail’s Sara Malm, “not realising Mr. …

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Decades after birth, fetal cells remain in mother’s body aiding to repair injuries

  By Dave Andrusko Although widely known in the scientific community, it’s news to most laypeople that years—even decades—after a mother delivers her baby, some of the fetal cells will remain in her body. These fetal cells, which are some of the developing baby’s cells, while not necessarily stem cells, are adaptable in their ability …

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Abortion Linked to Metabolic Syndrome, Increasing Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke in Women

By Amy Sobie A new study has found that women with a history of induced abortion were more likely to experience metabolic syndrome compared to women who had never had abortions, increasing their risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke. Women who had a history of induced abortion were 1.25 times more likely to have metabolic …

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Adult Stem Cell Trial to Treat Patients Up to 19 Days After Stroke Occurs

By David Prentice Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston have enrolled their first patient in a trial to use adult stem cells to treat stroke up to 19 days after the stroke occurs. If successful it would greatly increase the number of stroke victims who might benefit from this innovative …

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