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Medical News Today: Silk and stem cells may help engineer salivary glands for dry mouth

Use of silk fiber scaffolds may solve the problem of how to get salivary gland stem cells to grow into salivary gland tissue, opening the door to new treatments for dry mouth.

Medical Tip Sheet from Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai's July tip sheet includes story ideas about gene editing, a summer stem cell program for high school students, sudden cardiac arrest in African-Americans, and a "wrist watch" type device that is helping to track the movements of Parkinson's disease patients.

Scientists Identify Gene Vital for Rebuilding Intestine After Cancer Treatment

Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center found that a rare type of stem cell is immune to radiation damage thanks to high levels of a gene called Sox9.

How Stem Cells May Save Your Life—and Even Extend It

You are a collection of over 30 trillion human cells. Every one of these cells, those in your brain, lungs, liver, skin, and everywhere else, derives from a single pluripotent... read more The post How Stem Cells May Save Your Life—and Even Extend It appeared first on Singularity HUB.

Stem Cell Transplants Aid Children with Rare Form of Leukemia

Stem cell transplants show promise for patients with a serious but very rare form of chronic blood cancer called juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), according to researchers in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Show More Summary

Scientists' silk structure is secret to process of regenerating salivary cells

An American research team is the first to use silk fibers as a framework to grow stem cells into salivary gland cells. The new process could provide relief for millions of individuals with dry mouth, including patients with Sjögren's syndrome, survivors of head and neck cancer, and those who take drugs with a side effect that limits saliva production.

Rebuilding the Breast

From stem cells to 3D-printed nipples, breast reconstruction is a highly technical and constantly evolving field.

Health Update

This has come up in comments a few times recently, so here's a quick update. Short answer: I'm fine. Slightly longer answer: As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I didn't respond to the stem cell transplant, so we're trying a new chemo med. Show More Summary

Hearing Loss vs. The California Stem Cell Program: Disease-a-Week Challenge #9

Think for a moment about your favorite sounds... Music, perhaps, like the young Julie Andrews singing "I Could Have Danced All Night" from MY FAIR LADY; or the laughter of someone you love, like when my wife Gloria wins at cards forShow More Summary

Synthetic Material for Growing Billions of Stem Cells

Stem cell therapy has great potential for treating diseased cardiac tissue. Such procedures require tremendous amounts of cells to be grown from patients’ own stem cells in a laboratory environment. Since such therapies are still inShow More Summary

Improved outcomes associated with stem cell transplantation for children with serious chronic leukemia

Researchers have shown greatly improved outcomes in using stem cell transplantation to treat patients with a serious but very rare form of chronic blood cancer called juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML).

Opening the door to the cause of myeloid leukemia: Finding the targets of common mutation

A breakthrough in understanding how mutated genes in leukemia reprogram blood stem cells and send them spiraling out of control has been made by a team of scientists.

Stem Cell Transplantation for Children with Rare Form of Leukemia Improves Outcomes

Researchers in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation at CHLA have shown greatly improved outcomes in using stem cell transplantation to treat patients with a serious but very rare form of chronic blood cancer called juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML).

Treating Cancer as Though It Were an Infectious Disease

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Here researchers propose an interesting approach to destroying cancer stem cells via targeted antibiotics. Cancer stem cells have been shown to be the driving force behind many types of cancer: without their presence, tumors would halt their growth or wither. Show More Summary

Stem Cells and the Arc of Technology

I have noticed a common arc to many technologies. First they are known and discussed only by scientists and experts in the field. Then they are picked up technophiles who read nerdy magazines and websites. This is all while the research is preliminary and the technology just a distant hope for the future. Then something [...]

Using Low-Dose Irradiation, Researchers Can Now Edit Human Genes

For the first time, researchers have employed a gene-editing technique involving low-dose irradiation to repair patient cells, according to a study published in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine. This method, developed by researchers in the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, is 10 times more effective than techniques currently in use.

Programming adult stem cells to treat muscular dystrophy and more by mimicking nature

Stem cells hold great potential for addressing a variety of conditions from spinal cord injuries to cancer, but they can be difficult to control. Scientists now report a new way to mimic the body's natural approach to programming these cells. Show More Summary

Meeting A Stem Cell/Bone MarrowDonor Reminds Me About Ordinary People Doing Something Extraordinary

As I have mentioned previously, I travel quite a bit. And sometimes during those trips something interesting and unexpected can happen. That was the case a couple of weeks ago, when I was on a flight from Atlanta to Washington. And it impacted me in a way I could not have anticipated. The flight was routine. Show More Summary

New material forges the way for 'stem cell factories'

If you experience a major heart attack the damage could cost you around five billion heart cells. Future stem cell treatments will require this number and more to ensure those cells are replaced and improve your chances of survival.

Ethical Stem Cells Grow Tiny Human Hearts Without Killing Human Embryos

Remember when THE SCIENTISTS! insisted that embryonic stem cells and human cloning were the ONLY HOPE to create a vibrant regenerative medical sector? People bought the mendacity, and as one consequence, California is now stuck with the borrow-and-spend-billions boondoggle known as the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Show More Summary

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