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Scientists push stem cell therapies into new frontiers

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Don’t look for this just yet at your neighborhood clinic, but Minnesota scientists are pushing stem cell therapies into new frontiers — into territory that is so open that doctors and regulators still are shaping practices and policies as they go along.

In one breakthrough, researchers at Mayo Clinic in Rochester obtained stem cells derived from the bone marrow of heart disease patients and guided the cells to help heal, repair and regenerate damaged heart tissue. This is “landmark work,” said an editorial accompanying their research report in Monday’s Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

And last week,
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New Hope For Kidney Disease Patients from Stem Cells

Several cell-based therapy approaches could provide new treatments for patients with Alport syndrome, reports an upcoming paper in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

“Our study opens up many considerations of how new therapies related to the use of stem cells can be devised for our kidney patients with chronic disease,” comments Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD (Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA) (…)

The experiments provide evidence that stem cell treatments could repair the kidney defects associated with Alport syndrome. “We found that stem cells derived from adult bone marrow are equally useful as embryonic stem cells,” says
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Surgeons make new technique to repair bones

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SURGEONS from Southampton have developed a pioneering bone repair technique that could end the need for artificial hip replacements.
Six people have undergone the procedure which uses a their own stem cells to repair damaged hip joints. Only one operation has failed (…)

Under the procedure surgeons extract bone marrow from the back of a patients’ pelvis, then extract a layer of stem cells by spinning the marrow in a centrifuge.
The stem cells are then mixed with ground up bone donated from another patients discarded hip replacement (…)

Professor Richard Oreffo of Southampton University, one of those behind the research,
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UT Houston enrolls first patient in stem cell study for stroke

Roland "Bud" Henrich, 61, was the first stroke patient to be enrolled in a Phase I trial using his own stem cells.

For the first time in the United States, a stroke patient has been intravenously injected with his own bone marrow stem cells as part of a research trial at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.
Sean Savitz, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, leads a first-of-its-kind bone marrow stem cell therapy study for stroke patients.

Roland “Bud” Henrich, 61, was transferred to Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center
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New research plans to make use of patients’ own stem cells to fix broken hearts

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On Sept. 14, 46-year-old Hatem Faraj suffered a major heart attack while watching Monday Night Football on TV.
Tuesday, the Wesley Chapel man joined the cutting edge of heart disease research, becoming the area’s first participant in a study to see if a patient’s own stem cells can regenerate his damaged heart muscle.

The procedure he had at Pepin Heart at University Community Hospital in Tampa is part of a University of Florida research program. Its aim is improving chances of long-term survival and reducing heart transplants. Using stem cells to regenerate heart tissue has been studied for several
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