Stem Cell Gene Therapy for Neurological Disorders

Scientists from The University of Manchester have used stem cell gene therapy to treat a fatal genetic brain disease in mice for the first time. The method was used to treat Sanfilippo—a fatal inherited condition which causes progressive dementia in children—but could also benefit several neurological, genetic diseases. Researchers behind the study, published in the July […]

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Harvesting Stem Cells from…Urine?

Could harvesting stem cells for therapy one day be as simple as asking patients for a urine sample? Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine and colleagues have identified stem cells in urine that can be directed to become multiple cell types. Reporting online in the journal Stem Cells, the team successfully […]

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Another Reason to Get Some ZZZZZs

Another Reason to Get Some ZZZZZs

In a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, physician-scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center in Cleveland found that sleep quality impacts skin function and aging. The recently completed study, commissioned by Estée Lauder, demonstrated that poor sleepers had increased signs of skin aging and slower recovery from a variety of environmental stressors, such as disruption of […]

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Stem Cells Can Lead to Treatments for Blood Disorders

In new research, scientists at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia reprogrammed skin cells from patients with rare blood disorders into induced pluripotent stem cells (IPSCs), highlighting the great promise of these cells in advancing understanding of those challenging diseases—and eventually in treating them. The researchers looked at patients with Diamond Blackfan anemia. In DBA, a mutation […]

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Vitamin C Boosts Anti-Aging Functions

Vitamin C Boosts Anti-Aging Functions

Vitamin C affects whether genes are switched on or off inside mouse stem cells, and may thereby play a previously unknown and fundamental role in helping to guide normal development in mice, humans and other animals, a scientific team led by University of California San Francisco researchers has discovered. The discovery might eventually lead to […]

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Artificial Blood Vessels Grown from Stem Cells

Artificial blood vessels that can survive in the body for up to nine months have been created from stem cells by scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital. Being able to repair or grow new blood vessels could form the basis of new treatments for conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. In their report, investigators describe using […]

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Peppers and Parkinson's

Peppers and Parkinson’s

Eating peppers—which are in the same botanical family as tobacco—may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, according to University of Washington scientists. The investigation of dietary sources of nicotine stems from the puzzling epidemiologic findings that repeatedly show that people who have regularly used tobacco have about half the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

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Stem cells may help reduce fat

Many diseases—obesity, Type 2 diabetes, muscular dystrophy—are associated with fat accumulation in muscle. In essence, fat replacement causes the muscles to weaken and degenerate. Now scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have discovered the biological mechanism involved in this process, which could point the way to potential therapies.

Plano Veterinarian Suggests Wholistic Treatments

Plano Veterinarian Suggests Wholistic Treatments

Dr. Shawn Messonnier, DVM, a 1987 graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, opened Paws & Claws Animal Hospital in Plano, Texas, in 1991. His special interests include exotic pets, dermatology, cancer, and internal medicine as well as innovative natural treatments for aging pets. Dr. Messonnier is a well-known speaker and author. In addition to […]