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Cancer Stem Cells Recruit Normal Stem Cells to Fuel Ovarian Cancer PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 July 2011 00:55
Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that a type of normal stem cell fuels ovarian cancer by encouraging cancer stem cells to grow.
Stem Cells: Nearing Goal of Using Patient's Own Cells to Make Stem Cells to Replace Lost or Diseased Tissue PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 July 2011 00:01
Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have developed an improved technique for generating large numbers of blood cells from a patient's own cells. The new technique will be immediately useful in further stem cell studies, and when perfected, could be used in stem cell therapies for a wide variety of conditions including cancers and immune ailments.
Embryonic Stem-Cell Approvals Rise PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 01:00

Research using human embryonic stem- cell lines approved under President Barack Obama is accelerating, boosting a scientific field that’s been dogged by legal and political threats.

Neuroscientists Uncover Neural Mechanisms of Object Recognition PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 July 2011 02:01
Certain brain injuries can cause people to lose the ability to visually recognize objects -- for example, confusing a harmonica for a cash register.
Stem Cells Restore Cognitive Abilities Impaired by Brain Cancer Treatment PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 July 2011 01:37
Human neural stem cells are capable of helping people regain learning and memory abilities lost due to radiation treatment for brain tumors, a UC Irvine study suggests.
Injecting Stem Cells into the Heart Could Stop Chronic Chest Pain PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 July 2011 02:16

Patients with hard-to-treat chest pain reported feeling better, and could exercise longer, after doctors injected stem cells taken from their bone marrow into their heart, according to a new study in Circulation Research.

A Change of Heart: Researchers Reprogram Brain Cells to Become Heart Cells PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 01:10
For the past decade, researchers have tried to reprogram the identity of all kinds of cell types. Heart cells are one of the most sought-after cells in regenerative medicine because researchers anticipate that they may help to repair injured hearts by replacing lost tissue.
Moving Beyond Embryonic Stem Cells: Encouragement On the Horizon PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 July 2011 01:45

For nearly two decades, the medical world and the American public have grappled with the lightning-rod topic of stem cells, in particular the controversy surrounding cells from human embryos. But when researchers four years ago successfully "reprogrammed" adult body cells to become stem cells, some thought the ethical debate was nearly over. Those redirected cells, known as induced pluripotent cells, or iPS cells, show potential as therapy.

A Mother's Salt Intake Could Be Key to Prenatal Kidney Development PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 July 2011 01:29
A new animal study from Europe has drawn an association between pregnant mothers' sodium intake and their newborn's kidney development. Among the most significant aspects of the study's findings is that either too much or too little salt during pregnancy had an adverse effect on the prenatal development of the offspring's kidneys.
Who Wants to Live Forever? Scientist Sees Aging Cured PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 July 2011 00:51
If Aubrey de Grey's predictions are right, the first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born. And the first person to live for 1,000 years could be less than 20 years younger.
Scientists Grow Brain Cells from Skin: Cancer Cells and Stem Cells Share Same Origin, Research Shows PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 July 2011 00:39
Oncogenes are generally thought to be genes that, when mutated, change healthy cells into cancerous tumor cells. Scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) have proven that those genes also can change normal cells into stem-like cells, paving the way to a safer and more practical approach to treating diseases like multiple sclerosis and cancer with stem cell therapy.
Stem Cell Clinical Trials To Treat Eye Diseases Begin At UCLA PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 01:03

By Daniela Hernandez, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blogAfter more than 20 years of research, doctors at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute have begun treating the first patients in clinical trials for two progressive eye diseases that cause blindness: dry age-related macular degeration and Stargardt’s macular dystrophy.

Protein Switch Controls How Stem Cells Turn Into New Heart Tissue PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 00:46
Oxford University researchers have identified a protein that can direct stem cells to become either new heart muscle or blood vessels. The research, which was carried out in zebrafish, offers insight into how it might be possible one day to generate tissues to repair the human heart after damage inflicted by a heart attack.
Stem Cell 'Memory' Can Boost Insulin Levels PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 July 2011 02:00
Stem cells from early embryos can be coaxed into becoming a diverse array of specialized cells to revive and repair different areas of the body. Therapies based on these stem cells have long been contemplated for the treatment of diabetes, but have been held back by medical and ethical drawbacks.
Salk Researchers to Watch Protein Action in Brain Cells With 'Unnatural' Chemical PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 July 2011 02:19

Researchers at the Salk Institute have been able to genetically incorporate "unnatural" amino acids, such as those emitting green fluorescence, into neural stem cells, which then differentiate into brain neurons with the incandescent "tag" intact.

'Pure' Human Blood Stem-Cell Discovery Opens Door to Expanding Cells for More Clinical Use PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 July 2011 01:51
For the first time since stem cells were discovered 50 years ago, scientists have isolated a human blood stem cell in its purest form -- as a single stem cell capable of regenerating the entire blood system. This breakthrough opens the door to harnessing the power of these life-producing cells to treat cancer and other debilitating diseases more effectively.
To Combat Deadly Brain Cancer, Target the Stem Cells PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 00:03
Researchers have uncovered a new target that could stop the growth of glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer. In the July 8th issue of the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication, a new study identifies an enzyme found in glioma stem cells that allows them to grow and seed tumors. Importantly,
Just Add Water and Treat Brain Cancer: Freeze-Dried Gene Therapy System Avoids Virus, Potential Complications PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 July 2011 01:37
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have developed a technique that delivers gene therapy into human brain cancer cells using nanoparticles that can be freeze-dried and stored for up to three months prior to use.
Update On US Embryonic Stem Cell Legal Disputes PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 July 2011 01:53

A US politician has reintroduced a bill to codify President Barack Obama’s 2009 policy to ease restrictions on federally funded research using human embryonic stem (HES) cells (see previous news).

Stem Cell Biologist Brings New Hope For Diabetes Treatments PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 July 2011 00:00

Applications for stem cells were once considered ‘futuristic.’ But today’s research is ushering in a new era in which these cells are a source of great hope for use in regenerative medicine, as well as in the development of new drugs to prevent and treat illnesses including diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury and macular degeneration.

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