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What are stem cells?

What are stem cells?

Definition stem cell: All humans first start as a fertilized ovum, which is totipotent ("potential to become every cell"). After several days, it grows into an embryo, comprised of embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are still very unspecialized, and are described as being pluripotent ("potential to become a wide variety of cells"). Adult stem cells are multipotent ("a limited potential for differentiation"}. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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How are stem cells extracted?

How are stem cells extracted?

Depends on cell type: There are a variety of stem cell types, including embryonic, which reside in a 4 day old embryo; vs. Adult stem cells, which reside in mature tissues. Bone marrow stem cells are the only type in routine use and may be harvested from marrow aspirations, peripheral blood mobilization, or umbilical cord blood. Induced progenitor cells may be made in the lab from other cell types through gene therapy. ...Read more

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What're embryonic stem cells?

What're embryonic stem cells?

Perhaps our future.: A human embryo consists of 50-150 embryonic stem cells 4–5 days after fertilization, and those few cells eventually differentiate into all of the different specialized cells that compose the entire human body. Since those stem cells can potentially be anything they want to be, the potential for curing multitudes of human disease, using them, is enormous. ...Read more

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Stem cells for type1 daibetis?

Stem cells for type1 daibetis?

Stem Cells: Adult stem cells have helped Leukemia, lymphoma. We have been using limbal stem cell transplants in eye surgery for years with excellent results. See eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com. Stem cell injections are now being used to treat painful joints (shoulders, hips, etc) Still there are few published studies proving its benefit in some of these conditions. No published study saying it cures Diabetes yet. ...Read more

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Can stem cells help reverse ms?

Can stem cells help reverse ms?

Some day?: Not yet but research is ongoing. But we do now have excellent drugs such as Gilenya or Tysabri (natalizumab) ...Read more

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How can stem cells help achondroplasia?

How can stem cells help achondroplasia?

Possibly: Check out Regenexx. Com for more details. ...Read more

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Can stem cells be used to increase height?

No: Once your growth centers close you have NO potential to grow taller, short of having drastic surgery to stretch your legs (takes pain/years/dollars).Stem cells will never be used to open growth centers that close from hormonal influence. ...Read more

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What are human embryonic stem cells used for?

What are human embryonic stem cells used for?

A this poitnt: Human embryonic stem cells are being studied to define stem cell biology and in animal models to look at tissue and organ repair. This would be considered preclincial at this point, whcih is to say he's are not being used to treat human disease. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as menstrual stem cells?

Is there such a thing as menstrual stem cells?

Yes! They exist!: There is indeed a fair amount of menstrual stem cell isolation and research. They are quite pluripotent (meaning they can be changed to may cell types), they are safe to harvest, and after enough research has been done may be used for treatment after storage and banking in the future. ...Read more

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Why are stem cells called "life-giving cells"?

Why are stem cells called "life-giving cells"?

Organ regeneration: Stem cells have the potential to regenerate damage organs and this may save a life. Stem cell transplants are used most commonly in treating disorders of the bone marrow. ...Read more

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Embryonic and adult stem cells, what are these?

Embryonic and adult stem cells, what are these?

Stem Cells: Check out regenexx. Com for more info. Basically adult stem cells are usually from your own blood, fat or bone marrow. Embryonic stem cells are from fetal tissue and umbilical cord blood and tissue but are not your own unless you had this harvested when you were born. ...Read more

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Can stem cell research regrow a man's foreskin?

Can stem cell research regrow a man's foreskin?

Poss. Could but won't: There are many much more important organs & tissues which require or have ongoing stem cell reasearch. Stem cells to restore foreskin, in my opinion, would be at bottom of list. Such researc h is very expensive, would never pay for itself nor would researchers undertake this work which they would consider frivolous & unnecessary. ...Read more

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What diseases have stem cell therapies treated?

What diseases have stem cell therapies treated?

Stem Cell Therapy: There are currently *hundreds* of ongoing clinical trials for many disease indications. These include cardiac, vascular, ms, diabetes, parkinsons, brain lesion, wound care, autism, crohn's, kidney, liver, orthopedic, reconstruction, fistula, arthritis, and others. Additionally, there are scores of offshore stem cell clinics offering experimental therapies.

Dr. Ricardo rodriguez. ...Read more

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Tell me about the controversy of stem cell research?

Stemcell controversy: Proponents say the research has the potential to cure serious diseases, while critics believe harvesting and studying embryonic stem cells is immoral and use of adult stem cells unwarranted due to lack of sufficient research. ...Read more

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What does the "+" signify with stem cell marker cd34?

What does the "+" signify with stem cell marker cd34?

It is present: The + sign means that the cell actually carries this marker on its surface and can be detected by appropriate testing. ...Read more

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What does the "+" signify with stem cell marker cd34?

What does the "+" signify with stem cell marker cd34?

Identification: A plus sign when referring to CD or cluster of differentiation are identifying markers on specific cells (like CD4) that help to differentiate between characteristics and functions performed by each cell.
Examples would be CD4 which are "helper" cells and CD8 which are "suppressor". In essence it is the cells ID card. A negative sign denotes a cell doesn't display a certain CD marker. ...Read more

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Will a stem cell stop the attacks from devic syndrome?

No evidence: There is no valid way of treating this syndrome with stem cells. See this site for more information.
http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/neuromyelitis_optica/neuromyelitis_optica. Htm. ...Read more

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What are doctors' opinions on human stem cell research?

Promising!: So far it is useful in treating disorders of the bone marrow. Other ways of treating diseases using stem cells are under investigation. ...Read more

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Stem Cell (Definition)

The capacity to "grow up" or differentiate to produce mature cellular elements. In blood production rbc, WBC and platelets. Fundamentally, stem cells can also self-replicate and thus provide a pool of ...Read more