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Stem cells have been studied extensively over time and have crept into the national dialogue as a buzz word for certain political agendas, particularly the stem cells found in fetuses. However, the actual stem cells that are now being used to treat diseases in the United States are autologous stem cells or adult stem cells. Adult stem cells are blank cells that haven’t be assigned to a specific function yet. Even more interesting is that these special little cells have the capability to self-renewal and even replicate into new healthy tissue. Which is why many scientists are fascinated by the future of autologous stem cell treatments.
What Are Adult Stem Cells Being Used Treat?
Stem cell treatments have been around much longer than most of us realize. For example, it was in 1968 when the first stem cells were used during the first bone marrow transplant. The cells were adapted to treat a patient living with severe leukemia by introducing new, healthy ones into the patient’s bloodstream. Since that procedure, bone marrow transplants have become a standard in treating several forms of cancer. Stem cell treatments didn’t stop there!
During the 21st century, researchers have unlocked a whole slew of opportunities with autologous stem cell treatments. Doctors are using adult stem cells in the treatment of orthopedic injuries and arthritis. With the application of these cells to a patient’s injury, researchers have found that the tissue can begin to heal and can relieve the symptoms of pain. Arthritis patients have also expressed having better mobility with their damaged ligaments. There is even documented evidence that discusses that stem cells are helping with the healing process of cartilage around different joints.
At a seminar with TED Blog, Dr. Susan Lim discussed the need for stem cells to help treat patients in need of organ replacements. Currently, she has been utilizing stem cells derived from fat tissue in order to target them for new healing factors, like treating blindness. Several of her own patients are detailing increased visibility from stem cell therapy. Other stem cell treatments have included reducing the effects of diabetes and improving memory function in patients with Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease.
Of course, with more time and research, stem cell therapy will be utilized to help even more diseases in the coming years. If you are interested in learning more about stem cells, see what information is available online. There are a number of websites and books available that detail the accounts and advancements in stem cell therapy. At the Lung Institute, we are treating lung disease with stem cells. If you or a loved one is interested in stem cell therapy, then contact us at today to learn more or call (800) 729-3065 today.