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L-R Rosalyn Amliwala, Katie Brown, Nicola Macey, Anne Sweeney and Alison Taylor inside the 02 when they finished

After damaging her knee while refereeing a rugby match, Alison Taylor from Warsash thought she may never be able to walk again.

But after undergoing pioneering stem cell treatment – which included growing a new piece of knee cartilage in Denmark – she has been able to complete a marathon.

The mum-of-three endured around five years of pain and had eight operations to recover from the injury.

“The relief is still immense,” she said.
Alison had damaged her knee so much it had crumbled and disappeared. Doctors said she would need a knee replacement, which would then need to be changed every 10 years.
But instead she had the pioneering new treatment in which medics harvested cells from above the damaged knee and sent them to a lab in Copenhagen to grow her a new knee cap.
Now she will be pain-free for the next 15 years - although it will require further treatment in time.
Two years on from the major surgery, she has completed a 26.2 mile night-walk with colleagues from Taylor Made Solutions in Fareham.
“When I crossed the finish line I genuinely couldn’t believe I’d done it,” said Alison, 44.

“I didn’t know five years ago, or even two years ago, what was going to happen to me.
“I couldn’t walk around the Co-op in the Locks Heath Centre. To not be able to function on a day-to-day basis was a situation I hoped I wasn’t going to stay in.”
But she has had a remarkable recovery from the operation, which has a success rate of 75 per cent.
“It’s fascinating technology,” she added. “They took a sample from my leg that wasn’t damaged, sent it to Denmark to grow and replanted it into my knee. Then glued and stapled it back up.”
Alison laughed: “My knee looked like a road map of Great Britain.”
The marathon-walking team of five, all from the Western Wards area, walked across London with thousands of others to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
They crossed the Shine Walk finish line at 5.40am, completing it in nine hours and 11 minutes. They have raised more than £3,200 for the charity and hope to increase the total to £3,500.
She said she saw the marathon as a personal challenge to overcome her ordeal as well as raise money “for a fantastic charity”.
“People have been really generous,” she said. “I’m pretty confident it shows I’m recovered. My feet were throbbing afterwards, but my knee was absolutely brilliant throughout the walk.
“It was an amazing experience and something everyone should do!
“I’m sending a photo of me crossing the finish line to my surgeon because without him I wouldn’t have been able to do it.”

Short URL: http://www.wwgazette.co.uk/?p=5928
Posted: 10/14/2011 3:33:24 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments

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Is it time for Terrell Owens to step away from the game he loves? T.O. still dreams of being the enigmatic personality that he has been in the NFL. He wants to return and has gone to South Korea for treatment on his torn ACL, suffered during the offseason.

The choice to go to Korea was to use stem cell research that is illegal in the United States, even though stem—cell therapy does not violate the drug policies of the major sports leagues in the U.S.

“Players have the right to choose their medical care, they are going to have to make those decisions,' Commissioner Roger Goodell said, "You have to know who you being treated by and what you are treated with. That's the responsibility of the players if they are going to go outside the system."

This means that Owens is doing nothing wrong in the eyes of the league, and if he's is able to make it back to the league, it could start a precedent for more players to try it.

FOX Insider Jay Glazer reported on FOX NFL Sunday that T.O.'s rehab is ahead of schedule.
Another star who's experimented with stem cell research is Colts QB Peyton Manning. He went to Europe and had his own fat injected into his neck to repair nerve and muscle damage.

With two big names advocating the experimental research will there be more players that follow?
It definitely will be the case is they both can make it back into the league and perform.
Terrell Owens had a pretty good season with the Bengals in 2010, with 72 receptions for 983 yards and 9 TD's.
It is also notable that he behaved better than both his teammates, Chad Ochocinco and Carson Palmer.
Owens still has the capability to play and if the question mark of his knee gets cleared up there will definitely be a team that will take a chance on the 15-year veteran. And it will all be owed to Stem Cell research.
Posted: 10/10/2011 3:06:46 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments

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Remmy Kamya, 23, is not just free from the crippling bouts of pain that have affected him for years - he is cured.  
Remmy  has become the first British adult to undergo a pioneering stem cell treatment for sickle cell disease.
The success of the procedure gives hope to thousands of adults who may otherwise face a future filled with pain and a premature death.

Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood condition affecting 13,500 in the UK. Red blood cells are produced by stem cells within the marrow found inside the bones.
Healthy red blood cells are biconcaved discs which can bend and flex easily. In those with sickle cell disease, faulty stem cells produce red blood cells that are crescent shaped.
These are rigid, unable to squeeze through smaller blood vessels, and prone to causing blockages that deprive parts of the body of oxygen, leading to periods of intense pain.  
Symptoms may be mild or severe, depending on how many sickle cells the body produces, and can include exhaustion and susceptibility to infection.
Crises can last for days and internal organs may gradually become damaged from restricted blood flow. It is the most common cause of stroke in children. Sufferers are not expected to live beyond 60.

Progress: The success of the procedure gives hope to thousands of adults who may otherwise face a future filled with pain and a premature death (picture posed by model)

Treatment focuses on alleviating symptoms by using painkillers, administering oxygen, drinking lots of water and prescribing antibiotics.
The only cure until now has been a bone marrow transplant. During this, extremely high doses of chemotherapy are given to kill the unhealthy stem cells within the existing bone marrow, before it is replaced with donor marrow.
The procedure carries a 20 per cent risk of fatality and could be offered to sufferers only under the age of 18 as the internal organs of adult patients are typically too damaged by the disease to withstand chemotherapy.
Life-saver: Stem cells are separated from a blood sample

'Stem cell transplants have been offered only to paediatric patients whose organs are still healthy,' says Dr Mickey Koh, consultant haematologist and director of the bone marrow transplant unit at St George’s Hospital, London.
'When considering transplants we had to weigh up the severity of symptoms and the risk to life. Chemotherapy kills the faulty stem cells but harms organs.'
The new procedure uses low dosage radiotherapy that targets only the bone marrow, so it avoids further damage to the liver, kidney, lungs or heart. Special drugs that suppress specific parts of the immune system are used to make sure the donor tissue is not rejected.

Remmy was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at the age of two. ‘I used to have attacks twice a month, lasting for days,’ he says.
The technique was pioneered in America two years ago with ten adult patients, all of whom survived and were cured. There is still a risk of fatality, but Dr Koh says it is less than eight per cent.
Having mainly suffered in his legs, feet and arms, seven years ago he began to get pains in his chest, considered more serious as they indicate lung damage.
‘I also had a brain scan which revealed I had suffered a stroke in the past,’ he says. 
‘Doctors were worried this could happen again and the next time it might cause more damage.’
Remmy was referred to Dr Koh who tested his family for donor suitability and brother Ronnie, 33, was a good match.
Remmy was admitted into hospital in February and given daily injections of antibodies for five days followed by anti-rejection drugs to prepare for the transplant. Ronnie was given an injection to stimulate the production of more stem cells that would enrich his blood.
Stem cells are transplanted by blood transfusion – they travel through the arteries and end up in bone marrow.
Within days Remmy’s blood was being populated with healthy new red cells and after a week he was allowed home. Next February he can stop taking anti-rejection drugs.
‘Thousands of adults can now be treated, saving more lives,’ says Dr Koh.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2046817/Pioneering-stem-cell-treatment-saves-life-sickle-cell-victim.html#ixzz1aENjoT28
Posted: 10/9/2011 4:07:11 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments

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Jarvis Green
Tim Heitman/US Presswire
Former NFL defensive lineman Jarvis Green said stem-cell therapy has changed his life.

Former NFL defensive lineman Jarvis Green's decision to have stem-cell therapy on a torn-up knee wasn't just about football. It was also about quality of life. And 15 months after the procedure, from both a football and life standpoint, he has a message for Peyton Manning:

Good days are ahead.

Fox Sports NFL insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer reported last weekend that the Colts quarterback, who's had three neck surgeries in 2011, including a September spinal fusion, went across the Atlantic Ocean to have the stem-cell treatment Green had done in an attempt to expedite the healing process and alleviate the associated pain. After that, it was revealed that Terrell Owens recently went to Korea to have a similar procedure.

Can Manning expect the results Green says he's gotten? That's unclear. "The only thing controversial about it," said renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, "is that it's never been shown to work." Dr. James Gladstone, chief of sports medicine at Mount Sinai, adds, "It may turn out in some circumstances that it's a really good thing. In others, it may have no effect."

For his part, Green swears the therapy worked. In 2009, his final year with the Patriots, Green had two knee surgeries. The first, which he was told was "just a scope," took him months to recover. The second, coming during the season, took a month of games off the calendar for him. After playing out the year with New England, he bolted for Denver.

At minicamp the following June, his knee worsened to the point where he said it was "bone-on-bone." In an effort to hide a brace and heavy bandaging, he wore sweatpants. He says he had a good few days of practice, but he knew something was wrong. And he searched for answers.

"After minicamp, I couldn't walk up and down stairs, I couldn't play tennis with my kids. Nothing," Green said.

Stem-cell therapy is what he found. He went to a doctor in Bloomington, Colo., keeping all this from the Broncos. The process had doctors extracting bone marrow from his hip and harvesting it for three weeks. That substance was then injected into Green's knee. Green was told to wear knee braces for the next 10 days.

Within two weeks, he said everything changed.

It wouldn't be enough to save his football career. But it did give him a chance. Green passed the team's grueling conditioning test in July, just weeks after having the procedure done, and got some pretty serious returns away from the game as well.

"The pain was gone," Green said, adding that he plans to go to Europe to have the therapy on other areas of his body ravaged by football. "It was a tremendous difference in the pain level, my range of motion. It was amazing. I rented a house in Denver with an elevator, just to get by, and said nothing to coaches, because I was worried about getting cut.

"Two weeks later, I'm swimming and biking in the mountains. ... I went to camp, didn't miss a day of practice, ran every day, beat everyone in sprints."

Green has no doubt on the effects of the stem-cell therapy. Conversely, in the medical community, there's plenty of doubt.

"I can't recommend it until I've seen reasonably well-done studies on it," said ElAttrache, who did Tom Brady's ACL surgery and has worked for a half-dozen pro sports franchises. "What I know about that one particular type of treatment is that it's safe. I just don't know how effective it is."

Gladstone said, "I wouldn't say it's controversial. It's experimental. The effects and benefits of it are not known yet. We don't know whether it's a bunch of nonsense or if it's highly effective."

He related it to the concept of Platelet Rich Plasma, or blood spinning, a practice that came under scrutiny because of the involvement of Anthony Gallea, the Canadian doctor who pleaded guilty to bringing unapproved drugs such as human growth hormone into the U.S. Gladstone said where the idea of blood spinning is to promote healing through the separation of white and red blood cells, the concept of stem-cell therapy is to enhance healing.

"You get cells that haven't differentiated and haven't moved into whatever they're going to become, and you hope they become bone or cartilage or tendons," he explained. "It settles into an area that's injured, and the hope is it develops into the type of cell needed to heal that injury."

When asked if going to Europe to have the procedure done was a sign of desperation, ElAttrache -- who emphasized that he did not know the specifics of the Colts quarterback's treatment, and suspected it could even have been the kind of plasma treatment Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal had overseas -- responded that he didn't think Manning was going out on a limb by making the trip. Rather, it was exhausting another option.

In fact, he says he could see why the plasma treatment would be tempting. "If someone tells you it's natural, and that it's not going to harm you or delay healing, it might be attractive for someone with a chronic issue like arthritis," said ElAttrache.

ElAttrache added he thinks Manning has a "reasonable shot" of being available later this year, whether the treatment is effective or not. The course of the spinal fusion, the doctor says, is relatively predictable and can be expected to be effective. It's the nerve regeneration, which would bring back the power in his right arm and hand, that is less predictable. On the low end, ElAttrache says, that part will take 3-4 months. More likely, it'll shelve Manning for 9-12 months, making training camp in 2012 a better bet than December.

But the bottom line here is that ElAttrache sees the stem-cell therapy Manning had as highly unlikely to steady that part of it. It may help the healing process, particularly with anti-inflammatory effects, but if the regeneration happens in time for Manning to come back this year, the doctor says, it's probably not because of that trip overseas.

Meanwhile, in Colorado and with his new construction company in North Dakota, Green says he's living a better life because of the treatments. And his belief is that this chain of events starting with this therapy is no coincidence.

"They're working miracles," said Green. "I'm gonna go overseas again, because it works. I'm not 100 percent, but I'm playing football with my son. Stem-cell therapy, it does work, and it could help so many players out there."

Manning, of course, hopes it works for him. How much could it? That seems to be very much up for debate.
Posted: 9/24/2011 2:29:07 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments

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George Church, the geneticist behind the Personal Genome Project, is envisioning a package deal: get your genome sequenced, and he and his collaborators will develop a line of induced pluripotent stem cells (IPS) from your tissue, so in the future, you’ll be able upgrade your system with organs and tissues bearing both your genes and special extras like genes from centenarians. It’s combining stem cells with  gene therapy. In an interview with Church, David Duncan-Erwin over atTechnology Review asks him to elaborate. Why does he think this science fiction scenario is in our near future?

I don’t think people have fully appreciated how quickly adult stem cellsand sequencing and synthetic biology have progressed. They have progressed by orders of magnitude since we got [induced pluripotent stem cells]…
Let’s use stem cells in bone marrow as an example. They are easy to use and to get to work when you implant them in bone marrow. You might one day have three choices. You can have bone marrow [1] from someone else that is matched to you, or [2] that is from you, or [3] bone marrow that is matched to you and comes to you, but is better than you. This better bone marrow might be [engineered to be] resistant to one virus, or to all viruses. It could have a bunch of alleles that you picked out of super centenarians, alleles that you have reason to believe are at least harmless and possibly helpful…And you will be able to do that for almost every stem cell population. Some of them are a little bit harder to replace, though.

IPS cells have already been used to grow an entire mouse from nearly scratch, he points out, and many crucial experiments have already been performed in rodents, so for human testing, “we’re talking about years, not decades,” he says. “It’s shorter than the Human Genome Project [which took 13 years], not less expensive, but definitely shorter.”

And how will this catch on? Here, Church shows that he understands the dynamics of translational medicine and the media very well:

The only way people are going to get this is through some brave soul. It will start with a sick person, and they will end up getting well, possibly more well than before they got sick. So you didn’t just correct the sickness, you actually did more. And they’ll give testimonials, and someone from the New York Times will interview them, and tell this appealing anecdote.

With that, they’ll be off and running.

Biologist George Church, examining a molecular model.

Biologist George Church, examining a molecular model.
Posted: 9/16/2011 12:28:17 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments

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Skylie Milton’s grandma held out a cracker while standing on the other side of the room.
“Come on, Skylie, come get a cracker,” she said.
The 14-month-old Billings girl whipped her head around, smiled from ear to ear and hobbled across the living room toward the snack.
Kaile Milton plays with her 14-month-old daughter, Skylie. Skylie recently had stem cell surgery in China to correct blindness caused by septo-optic dysplasia. Skylie and her family spent 28 days in China for her treatment.

Milton family
Kaile and Chad Milton sit with Skylie at the hospital in China where the toddler received stem cell injections to improve her eyesight.
The Milton family
Skylie receives stem cell injections through her head at the hospital in China.

Once Skylie got within its grasp, she reached out, took the cracker and brought it to her mouth.
It’s something she couldn’t have done just a few months ago when she could see only about a foot away.
Thanks to stem cell research, and $40,000 raised by the community to send Skylie to China for stem cell injections, the giggling girl can now see just beyond 25 feet.
“It’s just amazing, it’s awesome,” said Skylie’s mom, Kaile Milton.
Lying beside Skylie on the floor as she played with blocks, Milton still seemed to not believe her girl could see.
The doctors in China shared her amazement, Milton said.

“They were surprised she took to it so well,” Milton said. “Usually they don’t see that much progress that quickly.”
Because the type of stem cell therapy the family settled on is considered experimental in the United States, the family had trouble finding a doctor in the area who would support them. It was further research that led them to China.
Skylie and her parents, Kaile and Chad, along with grandma Tammy Rel, traveled in July to Quing Dao in China and the Chengyang People’s Hospital, where they stayed for about a month.

During that time, Skylie received seven stem cell injections geared toward improving the her eyesight.
Skylie was born missing her septum pellucidum, the part of the brain that separates the right and left hemispheres. Without it, her optic nerves never fully developed, diminishing her eyesight.
In addition, doctors determined that Skylie suffers from septo-optic dysplasia, which affects both her eyesight and the hormones related to the pituitary gland. It affects about 1 in 10,000 births, according to the National Library of Medicine.
To improve their daughter’s eyesight, the Miltons settled on stem cell injections and then looked to the community for help. The response was overwhelming.
The person who stands out the most to Milton’s mind is Dana Lariviere of Billings, who volunteered to head a fundraiser that helped raise more than $11,000.
“We wouldn’t have made the trip without them all,” Milton said.
In China
The family was able to stay in a room at the hospital, putting them close to Skylie during her 28 days abroad.
Most of the injections were given through her arm, though a few had to be given through her head.
“Watching the IV was horrible,” Milton said. “One day they had to poke her seven times, then eventually just had to put it in her head. But she took to it really well.”
To help soothe the child, the doctors would sing her “Old MacDonald” — in Chinese.
When she wasn’t receiving an injection, Skylie was undergoing rehabilitation treatments to help keep her blood flowing and the stem cells stimulated, including acupressure, electrical stimulation, walking training and cup therapy five times a week.
To continue her progress, Milton said they make sure to massage around her eyes and her head.
It’s unknown whether Skylie will need additional stem cell injections through the procedure, which is not available in the United States.
Not alone
During Skylie’s treatment, the Miltons met two other couples going through the same procedure, both from the United States.
When they weren’t waiting in the hospital, the group was able to go into the city and take in the culture.
It was quite a shock, especially seeing strangers’ adoration for Skylie.
“We couldn’t even go to the store, it would take an hour to get down the aisle,” said Rel, the grandmother. “People were taking pictures with her.
“They were very warm and loving toward her; we couldn’t keep her away from everyone.”
Posted: 9/13/2011 12:49:43 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments

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An anonymous donor has offered to pay the entire cost of specialist surgery for a man who is hoping to see and walk again after a vicious assault left him blind and paralysed.

Arian Hogan (34) from Ballykeefe, Co Limerick, is hoping that a complex stem cell procedure -- estimated to cost at least 21,000 euros -- in the US will allow him get his life back on track.

Confined to a wheelchair, Mr Hogan burst into tears this week when he learnt that an unidentified person was willing to cover the cost.

The generous benefactor contacted Headway -- an organisation which provides rehabilitative services for people with brain injuries -- and informed them of her wishes to provide full financial backing for Mr Hogan.

The identity of the woman is unknown to the Hogan family and she wishes to remain anonymous.

Mr Hogan's sister, Nevis, said they are extremely grateful and cannot thank her brother's donor enough.

"We have no idea who she is. They rang Headway in Dublin and then got onto the Limerick offices and they let us know. What can we say? -- Only thank you over and over again," Ms Hogan said.

The Hogan family had been fundraising for the unique stem cell treatment which will be overseen by Dr Gabriel Lasala near New Orleans. They are waiting for a phonecall to find out when Brian's treatment can begin.

The Irish Stem Cell Foundation said treatments using stem cells only exist for a handful of blood related cancers and rare blood disorders and have urged any patients considering such   options to speak with medical professionals beforehand (medical "professionals" who will tell them that because THEY have sentenced Arian to a miserable paralysed life and can do nothing about it, he should listen to their lies and suffer---Don Margolis)

Ms Hogan admits there are no guarantees with the procedure. "We have done our research, but put any family in our shoes and what would they do? We know there is no guarantee with stem cell treatments, but we have one shot with this and we want to give Brian every chance. There might be success, there might not, but we'll see," she said.

Mr Hogan went into a three month coma after suffering internal bleeding of the brain when he was punched and struck his head off a footpath in Nottingham, England, in 2009.

He currently lives at Beech Lodge Nursing Home in Bruree, Co Limerick, while his parents remodel their home for him. "We want to thank everyone who has supported Brian so far. There have been people who have helped out in any way they could," Ms Hogan added.

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/republic-of-ireland/anonymous-donor-to-fund-us-stemcell-surgery-for-attack-victim-16047330.html#ixzz1XReQwmZW
Posted: 9/9/2011 11:46:43 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments

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Jason Casley describes how daughter Meg's cerebral palsy improved following world-leading stem-cell brain-surgery.

Would you consent to having your child's brain operated on, in the hope that it might help a particular condition, but with no guarantees?

Jason and Meg Casley

That was the very difficult question Freeburgh's Jason and Kate Casley had to grapple with in March 2010, when they took their 2-year-old daughter, Meg, for groundbreaking stem-cell surgery in Germany to help her cerebral palsy.

18 months on, and with Meg now 3-and-a-half, how has that surgery on Meg's brain changed her life?

"Immediately one of the big things we noticed was the spasticity across her shoulders reduced, so she was able to relax. The biggest thing, without a doubt, was her immune system. We used t be in and out of the local hospitals, it felt like every second week. Because if meg picked up anything, it went straight to a major infection. Following the treatment, we virtually went an entire winter season with only a couple of minor ailments."

However, with the risks involved, and no guarantee that the surgery would help Meg, Jason and Kate went through a change of heart more than once before making that final decision for Meg.

"Yes we did. And we sat down and we talked about it at length in the evenings to try and work out how we were going to do what we were going to do. Because let's face it, there is no magic bullet that's going to remove Meg's cerebral palsy. But if we can make little changes that help her develop from that point, so in later life she is able to maximise her potential, and her indepependence, and being able to do things for herself - anything - then it's worth doing."

Jason says the trip to Germany would not have been possible without the amazing local support and that he and Kate have been overwhelmed by the help they have received.

"The local community support was fantastic and we couldn't have achieved what we did without it."
Posted: 9/5/2011 9:32:31 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments

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Gemma Atkinson

Thousands of cyclists are expected to saddle up for a charity bike ride under the stars.

The British Heart Foundation’s Night Ride will see cyclists pedal their way from Manchester to Blackpool to arrive at sunrise.

The 60-mile route is expected to raise valuable funds for the Mending Broken Hearts appeal towards stem cell research which could repair heart damage.

BHF say the pioneering biological research could see damaged heart muscles repaired in as little as 10 years’ time.

It is the first time the event has been held in Manchester and is seen as the northern equivalent to the annual London to Brighton night bike ride.

The Manchester ride will leave from the Trafford Centre at 1am on September 18, with riders urged to arrive from 11.30pm.

The route will then run through Wigan, Bolton, Chorley, Preston and Lytham St Annes before arriving at Blackpool as dawn breaks.

Cyclists will ride along the sea front beneath the illuminations before finishing their journey under Blackpool Tower.

Leading the ride will be former Hollyoaks actress Gemma Atkinson, who has signed up in memory of her own dad who died of heart disease when she was 17.

Bury-born Gemma, 26, who is now starring as a medic in BBC soap Casualty, said: “I’m so excited the first-ever Night Ride cycling event is in my home town of Manchester.

“Heart disease touched my life when I was 17 and I lost my dad to it. He was just 52 and led a healthy and active life. I’m determined to raise money and awareness so others don’t have to go through what I have.”

Entry for the event is £30 per person and participants must be over 18.

For more information go to bhf.org.uk/m2bdark, email nightride@ bhf.org.uk or call 03004568355.
Posted: 9/3/2011 12:24:08 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments

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Alexa Brenner has been struggling with juvenile diabetes all her life. The 15-year-old was diagnosed when she was 14 months old, which has changed not only her life but also her family’s.

“This is a 24/7 disease the whole family is part of, as it is a constant vigilance of monitoring blood sugars,” said her mother, Georgia Spiropoulos.

After nine years of daily insulin shots, Alexa switched to a pump five years ago that calculates her insulin needs. While the pump has made her symptoms management much easier, she still has to use a catheter several times a week and be very careful about her eating habits.

Since she was 5 or 6 years old, Alexa wanted to help other kids like her, so she began raising money to help fight the disease and find a cure. In 2008, she even received a service award through the Prudential company.

“You have this thing to worry about for your entire life. It’s not a cold, it won’t go away,” Alexa said. “You have to carry so much extra stuff with you when you go places because if you are low, you have to have food, and if you are high, you have to have insulin. It’s a lot of work.”

Mom has been equally committed to finding a cure. She was on the board of directors for six years for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and she has been learning everything she could about the latest research. When she learned about one program at a conference in Orlando, Fla., Spiropoulos felt she found hope.

The program is called Store-A-Tooth. Offered by Provia Laboratories LLC, it harvests and saves stem cells from wisdom or baby teeth that are already being extracted or coming out naturally. Much like the harvesting of stem cells from umbilical cord blood, dental stem cells are preserved by storing the tissue at low temperatures, and could be used once new stem cell therapies are made available.

“Store-A-Tooth created hope. Now I could wrap my mind around what this research looked like,” Spiropoulos said.

Earlier this year, a study published in the Journal of Dental Research showed that stem cells from teeth can be used to create cells that will produce insulin in a “glucose-dependent manner,” which could be a major step in the development of stem-cell therapies for diabetes.

“This work is further evidence that research into medical as well as dental applications of stem cells from teeth, though early, is steadily progressing toward what we believe will be a new generation of therapies for conditions that impact millions of Americans,” Provia Laboratories Chief Scientific Officer Peter Verlander, PhD, said in a statement after the diabetes study was published.

The idea of harvesting stem cells from teeth has been a bit controversial, Spiropoulos said, and there are other therapies available — but she feels it’s another option that gives her and her daughter control over beating diabetes.

“I no longer have to have someone tell me, this is how long it will take (and) this is what will happen. I have taken her teeth for when the time comes and will have something to work with,” she said. “This gives us hope. The question is not, ‘How could you do it?’ but now, ‘How could you not do it?’ It’s a very affordable way to do this process and a way to be prepared for when this moves forward.”

The duo is hoping to educate others about the option as a way of giving more people a security blanket for the future. Alexa said it feels like she has a second chance, knowing that her stem cells are waiting in a lab for the day when technology progresses toward a cure.

I personally think that stem cells are the way cures will come about,” Spiropoulos said. “It’s not going to be soon but it will come.”

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