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March 2, 2017

DURHAM, NC – A new study published this month in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine indicates that treating heart patients with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) does not increase their risk of irregular heart beat (arrhythmia). In fact, the MSCs had the opposite effect and showed promise of improving the condition.

“This could be an important breakthrough for many heart patients, as proarrhythmia – which is a new or more frequent occurrence of pre-existing arrhythmia – unfortunately can be a side effect of some of the drugs we’re using to treat these patients,” said the study’s lead author, Raul Mitrani, M.D., of the University of Miami School of Medicine’s Division of Cardiology (Miami, Florida).

August 18, 2016

DURHAM, NC - An infusion of a healthy donor’s unmodified stem cells might one day be used to prevent a type of osteoporosis caused by glucocorticoid therapy, according to a study published this month in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine. Osteoporosis is among the most significant side effects of glucocorticoid therapy, which is used for the management of inflammatory and auto-immune diseases.

August 15, 2016

DURHAM, NC - Researchers for the first time have shown how engineered stem cells can be used to deliver antibodies superior to those currently available for protecting against infectious diseases and biological warfare. The study appears in the August issue of STEM CELLS Translational Medicine.

August 5, 2016

DURHAM, NC - The medical world may be one step closer to an affordable, effective therapeutic vaccine for hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to a new study appearing in the latest issue of STEM CELLS Translational Medicine. The study, by scientists at Second Military Medical University in Shanghai, showed how exosomes secreted from umbilical mesenchymal stem cells (uMSC) efficiently suppressed HCV infection.

July 19, 2016

DURHAM, NC - A new study published in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine (SCTM) by Badner et al shows how a minimally invasive stem cell treatment in rats can reduce secondary damage in traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). While similar studies have also demonstrated the promise of stem cells as a therapy for SCI, what makes this one different is the type of stem cell used. For the first time, researchers evaluated whether a brain-derived stromal cell would be better suited to target the acute phase of SCI than cells derived from other tissue sources. The answer was yes.

June 23, 2016

DURHAM, NC - In a new case report published today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, doctors at Odense University Hospital in Denmark detail how a patient who developed lymphedema after being treated for breast cancer benefitted from an injection of stem cells derived from adipose (fat) tissue. The results could change the paradigm for dealing with this debilitating, frequent side effect of cancer treatment.

June 13, 2016

DURHAM, NC - A new study appearing in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine (SCTM) indicates that a single low dose of a patient’s own stem cells might offer relief from osteoarthritis of the knee.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the joints, resulting from the cartilage or cushion between the joints breaking down. This leads to pain, stiffness and swelling. OA is on the rise in the western world, in part because of the aging population and also because of obesity, which strains the joints by increasing the load they carry. Any joint in the body may be affected by OA, but it is particularly common in the knee.

May 9, 2016

DURHAM, NC - Treatment for full-term babies born with hypoxic-ischemic– brain damage due to blood and oxygen deprivation injuries is currently limited to therapeutic cooling to improve outcomes. There is no treatment for pre-term babies; however, a new study appearing in the latest issue of STEM CELLS Translational Medicine may lead to therapies that repair damage from hypoxia-ischemia.

March 31, 2016

Durham, NC –  A new study in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine offers people with genetic hearing loss the promise of a new therapy that just might outperform artificial cochlear implants.

March 22, 2016

Durham, NC –  A study recently published in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine points the way to a new, potentially restorative treatment for age-related or type II osteoporosis. When a single dose of a certain type of stem cell, called mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs), was injected into mice with the disease, long-term bone engraftment and quality bone growth resulted. As an added benefit, the cells protected existing bone from damage.

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