Stem Cell for Stroke Patients: Safety and Effectiveness – UK, India Research

Stem Cell For Stroke Victims Update (12 August 2013): Aside from the two Indian studies mentioned in our original post below which offer hope that stem cell therapy can help stroke patients, a new study – this time coming from the United Kingdom – suggests that infusing the brain with stem cells may help patients recover after a stroke. The BBC tells us more:

Infusing stem cells into the brain may help boost recovery after a stroke, according to a pilot study by Imperial College London.

Scientists believe the cells encourage new blood vessels to grow in damaged areas of the brain. They found most patients were able to walk and look after themselves independently by the end of the trial, despite having suffered severe strokes.

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Stem Cell Death in 2014? Kate Tan, Antonia Park, and the Green & Young Health Center

Did a stem cell treatment administered by an alternative health/wellness center in the Philippines, which counts a former President as a client, cause the death of 23-year-old cancer patient Kate Tan?

According to Bernard Tan, father of the patient who died last July 2013, his daughter underwent stem cell treatment at the Green & Young Health & Wellness Center in Tagaytay City, Philippines. He adds that they decided to seek treatment at the center after ex-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo underwent a stem cell procedure to cure her ailing cervical spine.

Mr. Tan reveals that her daughter was given the same treatment as ex-President Arroyo which included juicing diet, vegetable diet, acupuncture, coffee enema, and eight rounds of stem cells. He was assured that Kate will get well in three months but her condition worsened prompting his family to consult another doctor but to no avail.

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Stem Cell for Avascular Necrosis (Bone Death): Dr Dennis Lox

What do Peyton Manning, Joost van der Westhuizen, and Natasha Merangoli have in common? Well, they are all athletes (Manning is a future football Hall of Famer, Westhuizen is a South African rugby star, and Merangoli is a high school soccer athlete) but, more importantly, they all underwent some kind of stem cell treatment for certain conditions.

We will not delve on Manning’s and Westhuizen’s treatment because we already blogged about them in the past (see: Joost van der Westhuizen: Stem Cell Treatment for ALS Disease and Peyton Manning Stem Cell Therapy). As for Merangoli, here’s a Fox Orlando report on how stem cell therapy, using cells harvested from the patient herself, apparently succeeded in treating her avascular necrosis which she sustained when she hurt an ankle. Avascular necrosis is a condition where blood supply to the bone is interrupted thus leading to the cellular death (necrosis) of bone components.

Here’s the report on this high school student’s condition and how Dr. Dennis Lox, a sports and regenerative medicine expert, saved her ankle using stem cells. Watch:

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Stem Cell for Corneal Disease: Dr Nick Di Girolamo, Univ of New South Wales

We blogged about stem cell treatments for macular degeneration as well as for retina problems, now here’s a video report, courtesy of the University of New South Wales TV (UNSWTV), showing us how researchers from the university were able to use stem cells to restore the sight of patients with blinding corneal disease. Watch:

We should have blogged about this a few years back since the video was produced in 2009 but ’tis better late than never, eh?

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