Category Archives: Stem Cell Therapy for Specific Conditions

Stem Cell Model Developed For Research Into A Life-threatening Malformation

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a common condition, affecting one in every 2500 births. Up to 30 percent of affected babies die from it. The main problem is the underdeveloped lung.  The condition also involves a hole in the diaphragm, which pediatric surgeons correct by closing it in the first week of life. Until now, […]

Microglia: Potential Therapeutic Target of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neuroinflammatory disease associated with progressive neurodegeneration and accumulation of neurological disability. A novel cell therapy has been developed aiming to slow or reverse neurological disability in patients with MS.  The treatment approach utilizes bone marrow cells called mesenchymal stem cell-derived neural progenitors (MSC-NPs) that are injected into the spinal […]

New Way to Control Stem Cell Differentiation Using Synthetic Gene Circuits

Traditional organ transplants are complicated endeavors. From long wait times to assessing the immunological similarities of patients and potential donors, it can take years until a match is found. According to the Health Resource and Service Administration, seventeen Americans die each day waiting for an organ transplant. Scientists are exploring substitutes for transplantation, including the […]

Successful Cure of HIV Infection After Stem Cell Transplantation, Study Suggests

Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation for the treatment of severe blood cancers is the only medical intervention that has cured two people living with HIV in the past. An international group of physicians and researchers from Germany, the Netherlands, France, Spain, and the United States has now identified another case in which HIV infection has been […]

Nerve Repair with Help from Stem Cells may Help to Treat Facial Palsy

A new approach to repairing peripheral nerves marries the regenerating power of gingiva-derived mesenchymal stem cells with a biological scaffold to enable the functional recovery of nerves following a facial injury, according to a study by a cross-disciplinary team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and Perelman School of Medicine. Faced with […]

Stem-Cell Hydrogels Therapy Shows Success Treating Perianal Fistulas

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) includes Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) and is a complex, multifactorial, immune-mediated illness . There are approximately 6.9 million IBD cases globally, and this number is rising. Currently, it is estimated that 780,000 patients in the United States suffer from CD, and 33,000 new cases are diagnosed each year […]

Inhalation Stem-Cell Therapy Shows Promise Against Pulmonary Fibrosis in Animal Model

Pulmonary fibrosis is a fatal disease that thickens and scars healthy lung tissue, creating inflammation and replacing the lining of the lung cells with fibrotic tissue. In the last five years, Ke Cheng and his lab developed spheroid-produced lung stem cells (LSCs) as a potential therapeutic for pulmonary fibrosis. Cheng is Randall B. Terry Jr. […]

Stem Cell Therapy May Delay Disability Longer in Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory, autoimmune, and neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system (CNS). MS affects approximately 2.5 million people worldwide. High prevalence of MS is seen in northern parts of Europe and North America. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). […]

Stem Cell Transplant for Scleroderma

Scleroderma with internal-organ involvement (diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis) is a devastating autoimmune disorder. Despite advances in management, mortality driven by pulmonary involvement has not changed in 40 years. Although disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biologics have been studied, none have shown lasting benefit, and only cyclophosphamide given for 12 months has shown short-term benefit as […]

Stem Cells Could Allow the Repair of Muscles Damaged by Diseases Such as Muscular Dystrophy

Therapies to target neuromuscular disorders affecting million of people worldwide are on the horizon thanks to research at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute of Montreal. Fusion of myoblasts, the stem cells responsible for the formation of skeletal muscles, could allow the repair of muscles damaged by diseases such as muscular dystrophy. The formation of muscles, […]