Monthly Archives: January 2022

First Laparoscopic Surgery Without Human Assistance

A robot has performed the first laparoscopic surgery without human assistance. The team from Johns Hopkins University, described the procedure in the journal Science Robotics, in which the robot performed the surgery on the soft tissue of a pig without a guiding hand of a human. The device was named Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR). […]

Eating Meat Linked to Inflammation in MS Patients

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, autoimmune disease characterized by central nervous system (CNS) inflammation, demyelination, and axonal loss. MS affects 2.5 million people worldwide, and imposes major burdens on individuals and society.  The etiology of the disease is considered to be multifactorial, including genetics and environmental factors. Dysregulation of immune responses and abnormal metabolism […]

Autologous Adipocyte-Derived Stem Cells on Chronic Stage Stroke Patients

Different studies have shown good results with the intravenous administration of mesenchymal stem cells derived from different sources, such as bone marrow, adipose tissue, and umbilical cord.  They have been reported to be effective, safe, and promising in the recovery and clinical outcomes of stroke patients at acute and subacute stages, but clinical studies at […]

Anti-Cancer Drug Can Expose and Flush Out HIV Hiding in Cells

In a recently published study, international researchers in collaboration have found that the medication Pembrolizumab induces HIV latency reversal in people living with HIV and cancer on antiretroviral therapy. The results appear in the journal Science Translational Medicine.  The research team found that this medication can reverse the virus latency, which is the ability that […]

Platelet Rich Plasma for Hip Bursitis

What is Hip Bursitis?  Bursitis is a painful condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs, called bursae, that cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles near the joints. It occurs when the bursae become inflamed.  The most common locations are the shoulder, elbow, and hip. They are normally presented in joints that perform frequent repetitive movements.  […]

A New All-In One Approach to Diabetes Treatment

Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working on a new kind of device that could streamline the process of blood glucose measurement and insulin injection, making it easier for patients and increasing the metabolic control of diabetic patients.  People with diabetes that are under an insulin treatment regimen need to inject the medication […]

New Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, which involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of each foot and connects the heel bone to the toes, the plantar fascia. It commonly causes a stabbing pain that occurs typically with the first steps in the […]

Health Benefits of Whey Protein Supplementation

Whey protein (WP) is a widely consumed nutritional supplement known to enhance strength and muscle mass during resistance training (RT) regimes. Muscle protein anabolism is acutely elevated following RT, which is further enhanced by whey protein. As a result, there is reason to suggest that WP supplementation may be an effective nutritional strategy for restoring […]

VerTex Stem Cell Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes Shares Early Results

Vertex Pharmaceuticals announced last year that the first Type 1 diabetes (T1D) patient was about to be dosed in their Phase I/II clinical trial that investigates stem cell therapy, VX-880. They announced that this patient had a reduction in insulin use of about 91% just 90 days after receiving an infusion of the fully differentiated […]

Stem Cell Discoveries Could Improve Cancer Treatment

Recent discoveries made by researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center may help make cancer treatment more efficient and shorten the time people need in order to recover from chemotherapy and radiation. First Study: Syndecan-2 Protein In the first study published in the journal Blood, researchers discovered a protein that is expressed by blood stem cells that […]