Stem Cell Cure for Deafness: FDA Approves U.S. Clinical Trial

Hearing loss stem cell therapy to be tested in U.S. clinical trial. Researchers in the United States have begun a groundbreaking trial to test if stem cells from cord blood can reverse hearing loss in infants and toddlers whose inner ears have been damaged, and the Food and Drug Administration has approved the phase I study.

This means a cord blood stem cell treatment for some forms of deafness is closer to becoming a reality—but not quite there yet.

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Stem Cell Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease? U.S Study Offers Hope

Brain cells engineered in a lab sheds light on Parkinson’s disease, may bring cure. There isn’t much physical pain involved, but it’s still a terrible disease. Marked by trembling arms and legs, muscular rigidity and poor balance, Parkinson’s disease worsens over time.

Beginning with problems in walking or talking, one third of sufferers later go on to develop dementia — failing memory, short attention span and personality changes. Those who don’t still suffer from a slowing down of information processing that makes it difficult to complete simple tasks like balancing a checkbook.

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Athersys MultiStem Trial: Stem Cell Cure for Stroke Patients?

Can stem cells can aid stroke recovery? Ongoing U.S. clinical study tests this. Strokes kill and maim. Each year, about 800,000 Americans and two million people in Japan, the U.S. and the major European countries combined, suffer a new or recurrent stroke. Each year, more than 137,000 Americans die from strokes. Stroke is the top fourth cause of deaths in the United States, claiming one in every 18 deaths.

In terms of costs, Americans paid US$73.7 billion in 2010 alone for stroke-related medical costs and disability. The number of strokes will rise by 25 percent in the next 20 years and costs will skyrocket to US$140 billion in 2030, the American Heart Association forecasts.

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Stem Cell Osteoarthritis Treatment: Are We There Yet?

Stem Cell Osteoarthritis Treatment: Can stem cell treatment replace knee surgery? Chronic pain in the hands, knees, hips or spine — that’s what osteoarthritis is all about. The most common form of arthritis, it also brings swelling and makes it harder to move the joints.

For some sufferers, walking down the stairs is excruciatingly difficult. Others have to take slow-release sleeping pills to blunt the pain’s edge and keep them from waking at night. The pain is caused by the bones rubbing together in the knees and other joints of arthritic people. Normally, the ends of bones in a joint are covered by cartilage, a slippery tissue that absorbs the shock of movement. But osteoarthritis destroys the cartilage in joints, causing bones rub together, and bringing pain. Over time, this rubbing can permanently damage the joint.

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