Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are a powerful form of stem cell capable of differentiating into any other type of cell. It is the stem cell technology at the forefront of the field of regenerative medicine, where researchers repair or replace tissue in the human body using stem cells.
Deborah Calmeyer has always loved fashion, with a particular fondness for high heels. She would buy six-inch Louboutins in every colour and loved wearing them.
Unfortunately, several years ago her high heels caused her to fall while visiting a Manhattan restaurant. After going to the hospital, x-rays revealed a bone chip on Deborah’s toe. To her relief, the doctors said this wasn’t a major injury and she would recover with physical therapy treatments.
A stem cell trial recently performed by doctors in Miami saw a child with autism speak his first full sentence within hours of receiving it. The stem cell treatment was given to an 11-year-old British boy named Danny Bullen, with the dramatic improvement occurring within just a few hours.
A team of researchers from the University of Illinois have discovered that preterm babies who are born without a blood cell protein called haptoglobin have a higher chance of brain bleeding and cerebral palsy. The findings could lead to the creation of early stage tests that help doctors take preventative action far earlier than normal, saving the lives of many preterm babies.
Eight-year-old Nerea is a young girl from the Spanish town of Burriana. Nerea had a difficult childhood because she was born prematurely. Her premature birth triggered respiratory issues which deprived her brain of oxygen and led to her developing cerebral palsy.
Doctors in the United States are using a ground-breaking umbilical cord blood treatment to help a 5-year old girl with brain damage. The treatment may help her recover cognitive function and could dramatically improve her quality of life.
Researchers from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) recently made several new discoveries relating to how brain stem cells function. These findings will help them develop new stem cell treatments for brain injuries and neurological diseases.
The Japanese government’s health ministry has just approved a clinical study which uses pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to treat patients with corneal disease. The study will be carried out by researchers from Osaka University. It is only the sixth time that a study using IPSCs has been approved by the Japanese government.
Stem cells are powerful cells that are essential for life. Often referred to as the building blocks of the human body, stem cells are young cells that can develop into other types of cells. They perform many critical tasks that are necessary for life, including healing our injuries and maintaining the health of our internal organs.
A baby in China has become the first child to receive a stem cell transplant to treat an inherited form of irritable bowel disease. It is a significant breakthrough because there is currently no cure for this often-fatal condition.