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Yesterday, I focused on how stem cells from another person's bone marrow can save lives.  However, today, I want to tell you that bone marrow stem cells aren't the only game in town anymore.  Now, more and more people are donating their babies' cord blood after birth.

More cord blood banks are being created.  More people are giving. This is great.   It gives people like Lita Jempson, a chance to live. Before, a stem cell transplant from another donor  was a leukemia patient's only option.  However, if a matching bone marrow donor is not found, unfortunately, the patient would pass away.

Such was the case with Lita Jempson, of Kent, England.  Lita, suffering from leukemia needed a bone marrow stem cell donor.    Doctors looked for a matching bone marrow donor, but none could be found.  The only option was more chemotherapy.  Well, as I said before, there is now another option-  cord blood stem cells:

What makes this particular blood so valuable is that it contains large amounts of stem cells, which the body uses to make blood cells.

Removing the blood is painless; it is collected immediately after birth by a doctor or midwife and takes only a few minutes.

About five teaspoons are taken from the cut cord and placenta, using a needle connected to a sterile bag. But lack of storage facilities has meant this life-saver often ends up in hospital incinerators.

This is what Lita was offered and given- cord blood stem cells.  And the stem cell treatment seems to have worked:

Then five months ago, Lita was offered a cutting-edge treatment using a special type of blood - taken from a newborn's umbilical cord.

'So far it seems to have worked,' she says. 'I'm clear of cancer, back home and, while not fully recovered, I'm feeling a lot better.'

That is the power of Repair Stem Cells aka Adult Stem Cells.

This greater effectiveness has been boosted by the discovery that it's possible to give patients blood from two cords, as happened in Lita Jempson's case.

'Previously, we used only one because of concerns that blood from different immune systems could cause a deadly immune reaction,' says Professor Mufti.

In fact, stem cells from only one of the donations starts producing new blood cells - the blood from the other cord seems to help this process, but it's not clear how.

The greater tolerance of stem cells means they may be used to treat a range of other conditions. Already animal studies show they can dramatically reduce the problem with rejection that affects all transplant operations.

'Besides stem cells, cord blood contains chemicals and proteins that can damp down immune reactions to the new organ, so patients won't have to take immune- suppressing drugs for life,' says Dr Sergio Querol, director of the new cord blood bank.

'The idea is to give an extract of these substances to patients before they receive a transplant.'

Auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes are also likely to benefit from cord blood stem cells' calming effect on the immune system.

If you are having a baby soon, please think about saving the baby's cord blood stem cells.  You could save someone's life.  Similarly, you can register your own blood at www.marrow.org and save someone's life another way.

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Posted: 9/17/2008 1:04:38 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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It has been awhile since I posted a story about Repair Stem Cell therapy for dogs so I thought I would do so again. I want to get the word out as there are possibly thousands of dogs out there who could benefit from this.  No, I'm not expecting the dogs to read this blog :).  However, some dog owners may read this and get some good ideas- that adult stem cells are benefiting animals/humans right now!  This isn't the future.  It is now:


Kodiak, 10, has suffered from arthritis most of his life, but three months ago, he took a turn for the worse and couldn't get up. When his owners found out about pet stem cell therapy, they thought, "why not?"


Researchers near San Diego are hoping the contents in a test tube can help other dogs, like Kodiak, and revolutionize some types of pet care.

"It reduces the pain, increases range of motion, and ability to function more normally," said Bob Harman, Vet-Stem CEO.

"It really is just your own natural cells," said Harman. "All we do is speed it up, put more of them on the battlefield, quickly." -- I couldn't have said it better- DM

"Within a few days to a week, you could actually see... It was so fascinating," said Kodiak's owner, Terence Francis. "You could actually see the limbs tightening up."

Some vets are still waiting for more data, but more than 1,000 have already signed up to be certified in the procedure. The Vet-Stem lab work runs about $2,500 to $3,500. Kodiak's owners say it's worth it. "Now that he's, once again, got that pep in his step."

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Posted: 9/2/2008 10:53:50 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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I don't mean for this blog to become an ongoing commercial for the good folks at Vet-Stem, but I continue to find these fantastic stories about how they are saving dogs, cats, and horses using their adult stem cell technology.

And memo to Vet-Stem-  if you keep saving and improving the lives of your animals (and making their human owners happy as well) using your adult stem cell therapy, I will be happy to keep posting your stories.  Keep up the good work:

Veterinarians are making stunning progress with adult, animal stem cells.


Nearly crippled dogs are suddenly walking, even running again. And there's hope that it will work on humans, too.

When you hear stem cells, you may instantly think controversy. Embryonic stem cell research has been fiercely debated because those cells can be derived only from human embryos. But what we're talking about here is taking adult stem cells from your own body. It's already being done with great success in horses, cats and dogs (It's also being done with great success in humans although not in the United States- DM).

 "I've seen animals that have gone from barely being able to walk to trotting and running down the driveway," said Dr. Cheryl Adams.

Adams is a pioneer of stem cell therapy. One of only two vets in Illinois certified to do it, she's treated 30 dogs so far. She extracted stem cells from River, an 8-year-old German Shepherd mix who may look familiar because of how he got his name.

he vials are then packed up and shipped overnight to a company called Vet Stem in San Diego. The fat cells are put into a centrifuge that separates the stem cells. And two days later, they're re-injected into the dog's joints.

"This science actually gives a chance to rejuvenate tissue, tendon, ligament and bone. So the dog can actually get better," said Gantz. "It really is cutting edge stuff, it's pretty exciting stuff." It costs about $3,000, but Adams says River's results, as in most cases, have been spectacular and almost immediate. "His energy level went through the roof, and we increased his range of motion by 20 degrees on his right hip," said Adams. As hopeful and exciting as this is for canines, imagine if they could do it for humans. Well, you won't have to imagine much longer. It's already in the works. Vet Stem is already testing treatments for repairing damaged livers, kidneys and hearts in dogs and cats.

The hope is someday soon, stem cells will not only help humans suffering from arthritis, but also stroke and heart attack victims, maybe even regenerate damaged spinal cords.("someday soon" is NOW,  adult stem cells are helping humans with arthritis, stroke, heart and spinal cords! BUT not in the US! - DM )

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Posted: 5/21/2008 5:16:09 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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 A DOCTOR AT THE STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE USED STEM CELLS TO HELP 3 PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM OSTEONECROSIS.  THIS STORY DESCRIBES A YOUNG MAN, ADAM VASSER, WHO WAS GOING TO NEED A KNEE REPLACEMENT BECAUSE OF A RARE CONDITION CALLED OSTEOCNECROSIS.  HOWEVER, DR. STUART GOODMAN TRIED IMPLANTING ADAM'S OWN BONE MARROW STEM CELLS INTO ADAM'S KNEE.  THESE DAYS, ADAM'S KNEE IS LIKE NEW AGAIN.  CHALK UP ANOTHER CONDITION THAT CAN BE TREATED WITH ADULT STEM CELL THERAPY.  I'M NO DOCTOR, BUT THIS MAY HAVE GOOD IMPLICATIONS FOR ARTHRITIS PATIENTS AS WELL.  WHY NOT TRY IT IF SOMEBODY HAS AN ARTHRITIC KNEE OR HIP?

READ ON FOR MORE ON THIS NEW STEM CELL TREATMENT STORY-

The 60-minute surgery, called osteoprogenitor cellular grafting, involves scooping out the dead bone and then filling the space in with new cellular matter.

"The key is to arrest or reverse the death of the bone," Goodman said. "If the cartilage is good, you get the dead bone out and give the cartilage a better foundation. If you have a salvageable joint in a young knee, you get in viable cells to repopulate that area of dead bone."

Goodman theorized that instead of using traditional bone grafting - a more invasive and painful solution - a better method might be using bone cells. The bone cells include young stem cells and progenitor cells that can actually grow into new bone. He withdrew bone marrow from the pelvic area, concentrated the stem cells and progenitors, then used a scaffolding device to help the cells adhere to the defect in the knee.

Vasser underwent the knee surgery the summer after he graduated from high school. He described a painful, monthlong recuperation period, but said that since then his knee has improved to be almost like new five years later. His mother showed a photo of him crouching behind the home plate, playing umpire in a baseball game the year following surgery.

"My knee has felt good ever since," Vasser said. "It's much stronger than it used to be. It used to lock up. Towards the end before the surgery, it got really bad. I'm refereeing, riding a bike. It doesn't affect it. It's fine."

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Posted: 4/2/2008 1:56:09 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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STEM CELL THERAPY FOR DOGS AND HORSES-- AND ADULT STEM CELL THERAPY AT THAT!  THIS IS GREAT NEWS AND IT REALLY SEEMS TO BE WORKING! ALTHOUGH THE ARTICLE BELOW DOES NOT MENTION THE NAME OF THE STEM CELL THERAPY COMPANY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ANIMAL STEM CELLS, I SUSPECT IT IS VET-STEM SINCE THEY ARE LOCATED NEAR SAN DIEGO WHICH THE ARTICLE MENTIONS.   SO IF YOU HAVE A PET IN PAIN, TRY CONTACTING THEM AS THEY MAY BE ABLE TO HELP.  -DM

Stem cells ease pain of horses and dogs

Local veterinarian Dr. Kathy Mitchener is using a new stem cell replacement procedure to relieve pain in arthritic dogs and horses.

In the stem cell procedure, Mitchener removes fat cells from animals that are fully sedated. The cells are shipped overnight to a clinic in San Diego, which recovers stem and regenerative cells from the fat and ships them back within 48 hours. The cells are implanted into problem areas, such as hips or knees, through an injection and intravenous line. Within days, the animals are moving more freely and with less pain.

Her first four patients showed improvement in movement in just a few days. Mitchener said it helps rejuvenate torn ligaments in horses and joint tissue in dogs suffering from arthritis.

Between 75 to 85 percent of the animals showed improvements after the procedure, lasting for as long as 18 months.It costs between $2,600 to $3,000 for the procedure, which includes all the blood work and two surgical procedures.

To find out more, call Angel Care at 385-9172. The clinic is in Shelby Center Hospital for Animals at 6923 Stage near Summer.

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Posted: 3/14/2008 4:15:24 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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