Archive for October, 2011

Meninges Is Source Of Self-Renewing Stem Cells, Potential For Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

In a study published in STEM CELLS, Italian and Spanish scientists have provided the first evidence to show that meninges, the membrane which envelops the central nervous system, is a potential source of self-renewing stem cells…

High-Dose Melphalan And Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation Increases Survival For AL Amyloidosis Patients

A team of researchers led by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), has found treatment of selected immunoglobulin light chain (AL) amyloidosis patients with high-dose melphalan and autologous stem cell transplantation (HDM/SCT) resulted in a high organ response rate and increased overall survival (OS), even for those patients who did not achieve a hematologic complete response (CR)…

San Diego stem cell consortium adds member

San Diego’s four-member consortium for stem cell research, the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, has grown to five members with the addition of the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology.

Intestinal stem cells respond to food by supersizing the gut

Many organs, from muscles and intestines to the liver, change size during adulthood. A new study shows that adult stem cells are key to these changes. Working with fruit flies, biologists discovered that after eating, the gut secretes insulin that activates stem cells into overdrive to grow the gut. In flies, the midgut can quadruple in size within four days. The finding could have implications for diabetes and obesity in humans.

Lung stem cells offer therapeutic clues

Researchers have cloned stem cells from the airways of the human lung and have shown that these cells can form into the lung’s alveoli air sac tissue. Mouse models suggest that these same stem cells are deployed to regenerate lung tissue during acute infection, such as during influenza.

Stem Cell Action Coalition Calls for Mississippi Voters to Reject Initiative 26 “Personhood Amendment”

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stem Cell Action Coalition opposes Mississippi “personhood amendment”

Stem Cell Innovation Saves Lives

At Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden, a 36-year-old man who suffered from late-stage tracheal cancer was supplied with a new trachea that was grown in the laboratory, seeded by the man’s own stem cells. The procedure was performed by professor Paolo Macchiarini of Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet, along with colleagues including professor …

Eclipse Therapeutics Enters Exclusive Assignment and License Agreement to Acquire Biogen Idec’s Cancer Stem Cell Assets

Eclipse Announces Management Change to Drive Development of Cancer Stem Cell ProgramSan Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 26, 2011 Eclipse Therapeutics, Inc. (“Eclipse”), a biotechnology company dedicated to the discovery and development of therapeutics that target cancer stem cells and other forms of innovative cancer treatment, today announced the acquisition of Biogen Idec’s portfolio of cancer stem …

Cryo-Save Launches Educational Program on Clinical Applications of Stem Cell Therapies: An Example of Excellence in …

Cryo-Save AG: Zutphen, Netherlands (ots/PRNewswire) – Cryo-Save, Europe’s leading family stem cell bank launches an educational program on stem cell therapies. The aim of the program is to increase the awareness of stem cells therapy and regenerative medicine …

NC clinic begins using stem cell therapy on dogs

While researchers are looking towards stem cell therapy to treat a wide range of human diseases, a North Carolina veterinary hospital has started using it to treat dogs with joint problems. The procedure can be less invasive and cheaper than traditional therapies like surgery.