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Progress in Stem Cell Transplant for Multiple Sclerosis

A preliminary study recently published in JAMA shows that a hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) may be better at treating highly active relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) than traditional drug treatments. This study is the first to test the use of HSCT on this form of MS.

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Stem Cell Research to Regrow Heart Muscle Tissue after a Heart Attack

Researchers are using stem cells to develop treatments that can help patients regrow tissue in a field called regenerative medicine. One of the latest breakthroughs in this field has come from researchers in the United States who used stem cells to regrow heart muscle tissue after a heart attack. These findings may help patients recover from heart attacks more easily.

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Scientists Transform Human Stem Cells into Insulin-Producing Cells

In a world-first, a group of researchers from UC San Francisco have managed to turn human stem cells into mature insulin-producing cells. This is a major breakthrough which could lead to a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

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Stem Cells Provide Greater Insight into Rotator Cuff Disease

Located in the shoulder, the rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that stabilise the joint. Many people suffer from rotator cuff injuries each year, usually as a result of a sporting injury or accident. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to recover form this kind of injury.  As the rotator cuff heals, fat deposits accumulate within the rotator cuff muscles, resulting in muscular atrophy and weakness.

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Modified Blood Stem Cells to Reverse Genetic Mutation that Causes IPEX

A team of researchers from UCLA have developed a new technique for modifying blood stem cells to reverse a genetic mutation that causes IPEX — a life threatening autoimmune syndrome.

The new technique is a gene therapy that is similar to a technique that has cured patients with a similar condition called severe combined immune deficiency (also known as bubble baby disease). This new study was published in the journal Cell Stem Cell.

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Stem Cell Study Optimises Bone Marrow Transplants

A team of American researchers have made a discovery that could improve how bone marrow transplants are performed in the future. The discovery could lead to both safer and more effective transplants.

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Stem Cells Used to Trace Autism Back to the Formation of Neurones

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been the subject of many research projects in recent years. Several of these projects have found that the more severe cases of ASD involve differences in the way the brain’s nerve cells are organised. People with severe ASD often have an excessive number of connections between neurones. The obvious question this finding leads to is — why does it happen?

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Researchers Discover the Signal that Drives Stem Cells to Form New Bones

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have made an important new discovery in the field of stem cell research. After performing a series of experiments using both rodents and human cells, the scientists have discovered the cellular protein signal that causes stem cells to create bone cells.

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New Stem Cell Behaviour Insight Highlights Therapeutic Target for Cancer Treatment

Researchers at the University of Plymouth and Technische Universität Dresden have discovered a new therapeutic technique for tissue regeneration and cancer treatment.  The therapeutic target relates to a protein called Prominin-1, which affects stem cell behaviour.

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New Spinal Discs Grown from Stem Cells

A group of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have published details of new research that shows how new spinal discs can be grown from a patient’s own stem cells.  The findings may allow doctor to replace degenerated spinal discs in patients with spinal injuries and degenerative diseases.

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