Emerging Stem Cell Applications
Spinal Cord Injury
Regenerative Medicine - The power of cord blood stem cells
Regenerative medicine is a revolutionary approach that focuses on curing conditions as opposed to treating their symptoms. Regenerative medicine empowers doctors with the ability to replace damaged tissue in patients with healthy organic tissue that is accepted and functions like - the body's own-. What truly differentiates regenerative medicine from many current therapies is that regenerative medicine has the potential to provide a cure (for) failing or impaired tissues.- (U.S. Department of health and Human Services, 2005)
In The USA several centers has participated in groundbreaking clinical research to utilize cord blood stem cells to improve outcomes after brain injury. Circumstances of treatment include anoxic brain injury at birth, cerebral palsy, and traumatic brain injury.
Research conducted at the University of Florida indicated the potential for the use of cord blood stem cells to regenerate insulin production in juvenile diabetes patients. Results were very promissing
Heart Disease & Conditions
In a 2005 meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, results were presented suggesting the potential for cord blood stem cells to improve outcomes in human patients following heart attack. Data showed that in an animal model of heart attack, intracoronary delivery of cord blood stem cells increased the vascular density in the heart compared to untreated animals.