Electroacupuncture releases stem cells to relieve pain, promote tissue repair, study finds

Electroacupuncture releases stem cells to relieve pain, promote tissue repair, study finds
A study led by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers demonstrates how electroacupuncture triggers a neurological mechanism that can help promote tissue repair and relieve injury-induced pain. “This work is a classic example of the power of team science, where investigators in different institutions with specific expertise worked together to unravel the complexity of how electroacupuncture...

Targeting a tumor trigger

Targeting a tumor trigger
Many cancer patients that receive chemotherapy go into remission at first, but relapse after treatment is discontinued. There is increasing evidence that this is due to the presence of cancer stem cells – cells that reproduce indefinitely and may seed new tumors. A research group has now devised a strategy to specifically target cancer stem cells in some cancers and reduce their tumor-generating...

Unproven stem cell ‘therapy’ blinds three patients at Florida clinic

Unproven stem cell 'therapy' blinds three patients at Florida clinic
Three people with macular degeneration were blinded after undergoing an unproven stem cell treatment that was touted as a clinical trial in 2015 at a clinic in Florida. Within a week following the treatment, the patients experienced a variety of complications, including vision loss, detached retinas and hemorrhage. They are now blind.

Targeting cancer stem cells improves treatment effectiveness, prevents metastasis

Targeting cancer stem cells improves treatment effectiveness, prevents metastasis
Targeting cancer stem cells may be a more effective way to overcome cancer resistance and prevent the spread of squamous cell carcinoma — the most common head and neck cancer and the second-most common skin cancer, according to a new study. Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma is a highly invasive form of cancer and frequently spreads to the cervical lymph nodes.

Neuroscientists pinpoint key gene controlling tumor growth in brain cancers

Neuroscientists pinpoint key gene controlling tumor growth in brain cancers
Investigators have identified a stem cell-regulating gene that affects tumor growth in patients with brain cancer and can strongly influence survival rates of patients. The findings could move physicians closer to their goal of better predicting the prognosis of patients with brain tumors and developing more personalized treatments for them.

Monoclonal antibody drug superior to chemotherapy for advanced acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Monoclonal antibody drug superior to chemotherapy for advanced acute lymphoblastic leukemia
A Phase III clinical trial involving 101 centers in 21 countries revealed the monoclonal antibody blinatumomab to be more effective than standard chemotherapy for treatment of advanced acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Research on retinal pigment epithelial cells promises new future treatment for glaucoma patients

Research on retinal pigment epithelial cells promises new future treatment for glaucoma patients
Scientific research builds its own momentum as one discovery triggers another, building an ongoing wave of unexpected possibilities. In the world of glaucoma, such a surge began when advances in stem cell research opened doors experts had never imagined.

Tumor suppressor promotes some acute myeloid leukemias, study reveals

Tumor suppressor promotes some acute myeloid leukemias, study reveals
A tumor suppressor protein thought to prevent acute myeloid leukemia (AML) can actually promote a particularly deadly form of the disease, researchers have discovered. The study suggests that targeting this protein could be an effective treatment for certain AML patients.

Stem cells collected from fat may have use in anti-aging treatments

Stem cells collected from fat may have use in anti-aging treatments
Adult stem cells collected directly from human fat are more stable than other cells — such as fibroblasts from the skin — and have the potential for use in anti-aging treatments, according to researchers.

A nanofiber matrix for healing

A nanofiber matrix for healing
A new nanofiber-on-microfiber matrix could help produce more and better quality stem cells for disease treatment and regenerative therapies.