Researchers in the United States are about to give 10 HIV positive patients with cancer a stem cell treatment that contains a rare resistance gene. This treatment may not only save them from cancer, but could also cure their HIV infection.
A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has shown that a new umbilical cord blood stem cell treatment could be safe to use on patients who previously required a bone marrow transplant. The researchers found that 94% of adult cancer patients who received the treatment had successful stem cells grafts in the weeks that followed.
A recent survey from the World Health Organisation found that Ischaemic heart disease and stroke remain the world’s biggest killers, causing an estimated 15.2 million deaths in 2016. These two diseases have now been the world’s leading cause of death for more than 15 years.
Both heart disease and stroke fall under the category of heart and vascular diseases. This category also includes conditions like high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, heart arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, and peripheral artery disease.
In a world first, Japanese researchers have successfully used stem cells to produce kidney cells containing a congenital defect that causes paediatric kidney disease. They will now be able to analyse these cells in new ways and hopefully come up with a cure for the condition.
Blood disorders are diseases that affect one of the components of blood — red blood cells (which carry oxygen), white blood cells (which fight infections), or platelets (which help the blood clot). Some blood disorders can also affect the liquid portion of blood, called plasma.
A group of scientists from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany have managed to create beating heart tissue from human stem cells. This important breakthrough will help researchers learn more about conditions that affect the heart and will make drug testing much easier.
Researchers in the United States have shared preliminary findings of two studies that could lead to a stem cell gene therapy for Angelman Syndrome. The findings were recently revealed at the 2018 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting held in San Diego, California.
Scientists have made some incredible breakthroughs in the field of stem cell research in the past few decades. These breakthroughs have resulted in stem cells being used to treat more than 80 different diseases, including many forms of cancer, immune system disorders, metabolic disorders, and blood disorders.
A team of Japanese researchers recently announced that they have successfully transplanted stem cells into the brain of a patient with Parkinson’s disease. It is the first stage of a trial testing the ability of induced Pluripotent Stem cells (iPSCs) to treat Parkinson’s. The trial is being performed by researchers from the Kyoto University in Japan.
A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago recently received a multi- million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Defence. The grant will be used to perform a very large clinical trial into the use of stem cells for treating eye injuries.