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Back in the Game

April 26, 2016

Matt is a professional NFL football player. And as with any professional athlete, days are long and training tough, but all worth it for the love of the game.

Unless you are in constant pain.

Dr. Garg reviewed Matt’s medical history and current condition and gave Matt the great news, “You were right, you don’t need surgery. Our SmartChoice procedure will get you back in the game without the risks and dangers of surgery.”

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Joint or Back Pain from Sports Injuries or Arthritis? Find Out How You Can Avoid Joint Surgeries with Safe, Ultrasound-Guided Stem Cell Injections.

February 16, 2016

As more people experience painful problems with their knees and other joints as well as back pain, doctors are recommending that they consider a range of nonsurgical treatments before choosing to go under the knife. 

New treatment technique includes simple ultrasound-guided injection that delivers your own adult stem cells to the precise location of the pain, making this treatment more effective. The cells promote healing of the injured and damaged tissues and help fix the problem instead of simply covering with medicines or possibly doing more harm with surgery.

SmartChoice® Procedures may help alleviate your joint pain, arthritis or sports injuries with a simple in-office, ultrasound-guided injection procedure. We encourage patients to walk the same day and you often experience no downtime after this procedure.

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Secrets of Professional Athletes – Your Own Stem Cells to Treat Sports Injury and Arthritis

January 5, 2016

The conditions we treat may arise from the aging process such as arthritis or from sports and other injuries. We offer regenerative medicine techniques, including your own adult stem cells and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments, for relief of pain and other symptoms in the joints. No matter where you are experiencing pain, there is a regenerative technique for your orthopedic and cosmetic needs.

Most times athletes are told that they need surgery to fix their sports injuries. But surgery is not the answer for most of the sports injuries, and may actually never help you regain your performance to the level you were prior to the injury.In addition, sports injuries can cause increased wear and tear of the joints leading to worse arthritis. 

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Defy Surgery: New Treatments Use Cells in Place of Metal for Joint and Back Problems from Sports Injuries and Arthritis

November 5, 2015

As more people experience painful problems with their knees and other joints as well as back pain, doctors are recommending that they consider a range of nonsurgical treatments before choosing to go under the knife. 

Many patients have a misconception that most joint and back problems can only be fixed with surgery. Instead, depending on the severity and cause of the pain, most of the joint ailments can be safely and effectively treated without surgery these days. Among other things these include sports injuries, meniscus tears, ACL injuries, chondromalacia, bursitis and arthritis.

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Secrets of Professional Athletes – Treat Rotator Cuff Injuries from Sports

October 28, 2015

"Within two or three days I noticed a significant difference on my movement, my pain threshold and the amount of movement that I could do." – Mike K.

Why are so many athletes looking for non-surgical alternatives to rotator cuff tears? Becuase of results like these.

The rotator cuff injuries are most commonly seen in tennis, softball, baseball, volleyball, rowing and people who lift weights.

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Secrets of Professional Athletes – ACL and Meniscus Knee Injuries from Sports

October 20, 2015

One of the most common knee injuries is an anterior cruciate ligament sprain or tear.

Athletes who participate in high demanding sports like soccer, football, and basketball are most likely to injure the anterior cruciate ligaments.

New treatment techniques include a simple ultrasound-guided injection that delivers your own adult stem cells to the precise location of the pain, making this treatment more effective. The cells promote healing of the injured and damaged tissues and help fix the problem instead of simply covering with medicines or possibly doing more harm with surgery.

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Secret of Professional Athletes – Your Own Stem Cells to Fix Sports Injury

October 8, 2015

YOU AVOID RISKY SURGERY AND GET BACK TO YOUR GAME AS IF IT NEVER HAPPENED.

YOU have been playing a lot of tennis recently, and now you think you have tennis elbow. Or you’re a swimmer with an aching shoulder. A cyclist with sore knees. A runner with pain in your heel. Have you recently suffered a sports injury? Using over-the-counter drugs to relieve pain or physical therapy may be temporary fix and only masks the pain, never getting to the source of the problem.

Treatments like PRP and Stem Cell Procedures are no longer available exclusively to professional athletes. You can receive the same care and recovery as world class athletes like Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning, Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon and so many more active and former professional athletes.

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Got Joint or Back Pain from Sports Injuries or Arthritis? Find Out How You Can Avoid Joint Surgeries with Safe Ultrasound-Guided Stem Cell Injections.

October 2, 2015

Doctors admit joint ailments, especially those involving knees are becoming more common as people are picking up sports at much younger age. Also as the population ages and people remain active for more years, an increasing number of people are seeking medical advice for their knee pains. Growing incidence of obesity creates even more wear and tear of the joints, especially the knee joint. 

Most people think that surgery will finally cure the problem but unfortunately in many cases surgery can have its own risks and problems. Also, people may look for surgery as a quick fix but usually this is not the case.

Instead, SmartChoice® Procedures may help alleviate your joint pain, arthritis or sports injuries with a simple in-office, ultrasound-guided injection procedure. We encourage patients to walk the same day and you often experience no downtime after this procedure.

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Defy Surgery: Clinical Study Shows Stem Cells Heal Better Than Surgery

September 22, 2015

A recent clinical study conducted in England showed that using a patient’s own stem cells from bone marrow is an effective treatment for joint injury. The study was conducted on 80 patients, ranging from age 19 to 69, and included regular active players as well as international athletes. The orthopedic specialized researchers found that patients who underwent stem cell therapy from bone marrow instead of just hip arthroscopy saw a much lower incidence of repeat surgery and an improvement of about 25% in the patient’s functional score.

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You can Defy Surgery: New Proven Treatments For Common Knee and other joint Pain from Sports Injuries and Arthritis

September 2, 2015

As more people experience painful problems with their knees and other joints as well as back pain, doctors are recommending that they consider a range of nonsurgical treatments before choosing to go under the knife.

It used to be that the only options for pain relief available to you were medication, physical therapy, or alternative treatments like acupuncture and surgery. Unfortunately, each has its own risks.

The new trend in orthopedic treatment is to repair your injured tissue, rather than cutting and removing it. Following this concept, doctors and researchers have discovered that Adult Stem Cells have the ability to heal your back and joints, saving you from the risks of surgery or side effects of pain medication.

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No Surgery: New Cures For Common Knee Pain from Sports Injuries and Arthritis

August 18, 2015

As more people experience painful problems with their knees, doctors are recommending that they consider a range of nonsurgical treatments before choosing to go under the knife. 

Many patients have a misconception that most knee problems can only be fixed with surgery. Instead, depending on the severity and cause of the knee pain, most of the knee ailments can be safely and effectively treated without surgery these days. Among other things these include sports injuries, meniscus tears, ACL injuries, chondromalacia, bursitis and arthritis.

New treatment technique includes simple ultrasound-guided injection that delivers your own adult stem cells to the precise location of the pain, making this treatment more effective. The cells promote healing of the injured and damaged tissues and help fix the problem instead of simply covering with medicines or possibly doing more harm with surgery.

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How to Fix Your Aching Back Without Surgery

July 29, 2015

Joint or Back Problems? Which One Would You Rather Have - Regenerate Your Joint and Cartilage OR Cut These With surgery?

It used to be that the only options for pain relief open to you were medication or surgery. Unfortunately, each has its own risks.

The new trend in orthopedic treatment is to repair your injured tissue, rather than cutting and removing it. Following this concept, doctors and researchers have discovered that Adult Stem Cells have the ability to heal your back and joints, saving you from the risks of surgery or side effects of pain medication.

As more people and their doctors learn about the benefits of using stem cells over surgery, these procedures will eclipse surgery as the standard of care. 

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How to Heal Your Golf Injury Without Surgery

July 28, 2015

Golf Injury? Which One Would You Rather Have - Regenerate Your Joint and Ligaments OR Have Surgery To Cut and Remove?

It used to be that the only options for pain relief open to you were medication, joint surgery or joint replacement. Unfortunately, each has its own risks.

The new trend in orthopedic treatment is to repair your injured tissue, rather than cutting and removing it. Following this concept, doctors and researchers have discovered that Adult Stem Cells have the ability to heal joints, saving you from the risks of surgery or side effects of pain medication.

As more people and their doctors learn about the benefits of using stem cells over surgery, these procedures will eclipse surgery as the standard of care.

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Stem Cells To Treat Your ACL Knee Injuries Without Surgery

July 23, 2015

Now you may be able to avoid dangerous surgeries.

One of the most common knee injuries, especially in sports, is an anterior cruciate ligament sprain or tear. Athletes who participate in high demanding sports like soccer, football, and basketball are most likely to injure the anterior cruciate ligaments. Knee ACL tear is also common in Golfers.

As alternatives to the joint surgery, SmartChoice® Procedures may help alleviate joint pain, arthritis and other sports injuries that caused it with a simple office injection procedure.

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Your Own Stem Cells To Treat Hip Labrum Tear and Cartilage Loss - And Avoid Surgery

July 20, 2015

A labrum tear is a tear in the hip joint cartilage. The cartilage is a ring of soft tissue holds the hip joint together. This cartilage follows the outside rim of the socket of the hip joint and is called a labrum.

People born with structural abnormalities or those with osteoarthritis are susceptible to a labral tear. It may also be caused by trauma to the hip joint or repetitive motions in sports.

Patients coping with sports injuries, tendon strains, sprained ligaments, muscle injuries, arthritis and more, will be comforted to know that surgery is not the only option of treatment available to them. Faster healing as well as improved functionality both are possible with innovative, cutting- edge ADULT stem cell and PRP procedures.

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Stem Cells Can Repair Knee Cartilage Damage

July 14, 2015

Research Inching Closer to Prove Cartilage Repair and Avoid Surgery

The most common disease affecting the knee is osteoarthritis. The cartilage in the knee gradually wears away, causing pain and swelling. Knee problems are very common, and they occur in people of all ages. Knee problems can interfere with many things, from participation in sports to simply getting up from a chair and walking. This can have a big impact on your life.

Patients suffering from osteoarthritis are now closer to getting relief for their painful joints as researchers took a step forward in successfully producing cartilage from stem cells.

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Stem Cell Treatment for Rotator Cuff Shoulder Injury

July 8, 2015

BASEBALL RCUFF

Research shows that cortisone injections or orthopedic surgery are not always the best option

Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common causes of shoulder malfunction and pain, which lead to a significant reduction in the quality of life. Playing sports requiring the arm to be moved over the head repeatedly as in tennis, baseball (particularly pitching), swimming, and lifting weights over the head can damage the rotator cuff.

Patients coping with sports injuries, tendon strains, sprained ligaments, muscle injuries, arthritis and more, will be comforted to know that surgery is not the only option of treatment available to them. Faster healing as well as improved functionality both are possible with innovative, cutting- edge ADULT stem cell and PRP procedures.

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Orthopedic Surgery is NOT The Best Option for Treating Golfer’s and Tennis elbow

June 25, 2015

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While to an outsider playing Golf may appear easy, every golfer knows the hardships involved in playing this sport, either as a professional or an amateur or even as weekend warrior. This involves the injuries golfers may suffer while playing this sport. The common injuries golfers suffer include back pain, golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist tendonitis.

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Knee Surgery Might Not Be the Best Option – Research Proves Once Again!

June 24, 2015

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Stem Cell Therapy

Over the past 15 years more and more innovative knee surgery alternatives have evolved. In the past more and more people with knee injuries had to reserve to orthopedic surgery including arthroscopic surgery because that was the only option. However, as medical procedures and research studies have evolved over the years it has become more apparent that knee surgery can mean more problems in the future.

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A New Approach to Promote Heart Tissue Regeneration

June 15, 2015

Injuries to the heart, such as after a heart attack, never fully heal due to a low level of cardiac muscle cell (cardiomyocytes) proliferation in adult mammals.

A team of researchers led by Ed Morrisey, PhD at the University of Pennsylvania has now shown that a subset of RNA molecules, called microRNAs, is important for cardiomyocyte cell proliferation during development and is sufficient to induce proliferation in cardiomyocytes in the adult heart.

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Building Functioning BioLimbs

June 3, 2015

Harold Ott, a researcher and thoracic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, has created the world’s first lab-grown biolimb – an artificial rat’s forelimb that is functioning, responds to stimuli, and even circulates blood.

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Scientists stumble across unknown stem-cell type

May 6, 2015

Dr .Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a developmental biologist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, and his colleagues have stumbled across a previously unknown variety of pluripotent stem cell. Named region-selective pluripotent stem cells (rsPSCs), these cells grow more quickly and stably than other pluripotent cells, and can grow in animal embryos. Additionally, these rsPSCs can be more easily edited at the gene level than other cells. This combination could lead to a method that allows scientists to create animals with human organs. Organs that could be used to better test drugs for safety and efficacy, and possibly even be used for transplants. 

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Reversing Vision Loss with Stem Cells

April 22, 2015

Macular Degeneration is currently the leading cause of vision loss in people over 65. Worse – there are currently no treatments available to combat this disease. But new research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center shows that an injection of stem cells into the eye may slow or even reverse the effects of early-stage age-related macular degeneration. The first treatment method that could allow older patients to maintain their eyesight for their entire lives.

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Nanofiber Scaffolds and Hydrogels Guide 3-D Neural Structures

April 7, 2015

Currently, damage to neural tissue is usually permanent and can cause lasting disability in patients. But with a new approach, published in the Journal of Neural Engineering and conducted by the University of Oxford and the Institute of Neural Regeneration & Tissue Engineering, there is a high potential that researchers will be able to complete a method for reconstructing neural tissue at high resolution in three dimensions. This new research embeds scaffolding of patterned nanofibers within three-dimensional (3D) hydrogel structures, promoting neurite outgrowth from neurons in the hydrogel, as the neurites track the nanofiber scaffolding. This tracking was especially effective when the nanofiber scaffold was coated with a special adhesion molecule called laminin.

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Stem Cells Used to Create 3-D Mini Lungs

March 27, 2015

Researchers have developed a method of coaxing stem cells into 3-D mini lungs. The scientists defined the system for generating the human lung organoids, 3D structures that mimic the structure and complexity of human lungs.

These lungs would help scientists and researchers more efficiently and cost-effectively test out new treatment methods and drugs. 

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Stem Cell Research Inching Closer to Cartilage Repair

March 19, 2015

Patients suffering from osteoarthritis are now closer to getting relief for their painful joints as researchers took a step forward in successfully producing cartilage from stem cells.

Using new procedures and protocols, researchers from the University of Manchester in the UK were able to grow healthy cartilage from stem cells under strict laboratory conditions. These studies which were done in rats, showed promising results as the new cartilage was healthy. 

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Stem Cell Therapies May Work Better Than Drugs for Severe Multiple Sclerosis

February 20, 2015

Stem cell transplants may be more effective than current drug therapies like mitoxantrone for people with severe cases of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), according to new studies. The study, published in the medical journal Neurology®, the medical journal for the American Academy of Neurology, involved 21 people whose disability increased over the previous year although they were on conventional medications used to fight the debilitation of MS.

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3-D Printing Cartilage to Repair Tracheal Damage

February 3, 2015

Scientists from the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have developed a new way to combine two emerging fields, 3-D Printing and Tissue Engineering, to create a tracheal segment. The scientists begin by using a normal 3-D printer and PLA Filament to print out a scaffold. Then, they cover the scaffold with a mixture of cells called chondrocytes, nutrients to feed them, and collagen, which holds it all together. Finally, they place the product into a bioreactor, so that the organic material can grow over the scaffold.

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Creating Custom-Made Body Parts Using 3-D Printers

January 28, 2015

Tokyo Scientists aim to create custom-made skin, bone, and joints using a 3-D printer. While several research groups around the world have been able to develop body parts, the Japanese Scientists are looking to push the technology so that the parts are functional in humans.

Tsuyoshi Takato, a professor at the University of Tokyo Hospital, said his team had been working to create “a next-generation bio 3-D printer,” which would build up thin layers of biomaterials to form custom-made parts

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Researches Discover Stem Cells That Give Rise to Bone, Cartilage, and Stroma in Mice

January 15, 2015

Researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine have isolated stem cells in mice that are able to differentiate into bone, cartilage, or even stroma (the spongy tissue at the center of bones that helps hematopoietic stem cells turn into blood and immune cells).

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Through focused effort, researchers were able to determine that a single type of cell, skeletal stem cells, are able to change into progenitor cells, and thus eventually different types of skeletal tissue...

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A New Class of Stem Cells Could Revolutionize the Way Diseases Are Treated

December 16, 2014

Just this month, scientists working at Mount Sinai Hospital Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Toronto have announced a new method of cell reprogramming that could eventually lead to increased stem cell use in the clinical setting. Publishing a series of papers in Nature, the scientists describe a new class of stem cell, the “F class,” which were generated in the lab.

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Adult Stem cell injections for osteoarthritis and sports injuries of knees, hips, back and other joints.

October 15, 2014

A Possible Minimally Invasive Alternative for Artificial Joint Replacement

A brand new therapy for the treatment of degenerations of joint, muscle and ligament is the Regenerative Medicine, focusing in particular on the transplantation of autologous (your own) adult stem cells. 

Adult stem cells from your own body can stimulate the regeneration of cartilage, ligaments and tendons by means non-surgical, office procedures.

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Treating Golf Injuries Without Surgery

October 2, 2014

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While to an outsider playing Golf may appear easy, every golfer knows the hardships involved in playing this sport, either as a professional or an amateur or even as weekend warrior. This involves the injuries golfers may suffer while playing this sport. The common injuries golfers suffer include back pain, golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist tendonitis.

Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is similar to tennis elbow, but it occurs on the inside of your elbow. The primary differences between these two conditions are the location of the pain and the activity that leads to the injury. However, both conditions are caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm, leading to inflammation and pain around the elbow joint.

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Can Stem Cell treat my Ankle Sprain and Arthritis?

August 20, 2014

Reports estimate that 25,000 Americans suffer from an ankle sprain each day. Ankle sprains account for almost half of all sports injuries and are a common reason why athletes take time off from activities. Accurate diagnosis is critical, as some studies suggest that 40 percent of ankle sprains are misdiagnosed or poorly treated leading to chronic ankle pain, arthritis and disability.

Patients coping with ankle sprain, ankle instability and arthritis, will be comforted to know that surgery is not the only option of treatment available to them. Faster healing as well as improved functionality both are possible with innovative, cutting- edge ADULT stem cell and PRP procedures.

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Got Meniscus Tear? Then consider Adult Stem Cell treatment options.

August 5, 2014

Along with ligaments, muscles, and tendons, menisci are the soft tissue structures that stabilize and cushion the knee joint. Meniscus are tough, rubbery wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage that act as “shock absorbers” between the thighbone and shinbone.

People who play contact sports – such as tackle football – are at risk for meniscal tears. Anyone is susceptible, though. A meniscus tear is most often caused by traumatic injury or degenerative disease, such as osteoarthritis. The movement that causes the tear is when the knee joint is bent (such as in a squatting position) and the knee is then twisted.

Stem cell therapy is a safe, non-invasive alternative to traditional surgery, and SmartChoice® Stem Cell Institute’s Dr. Garg M.D. is one of the select physicians to offer it in the U.S. His stem cell procedures involve the use of adult stem cells from the patient’s own body, resulting in repair, regeneration and healing of tissue for a wide range of conditions and injuries.

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Rotator cuff injury

July 25, 2014

Why are so many athletes looking for non-surgical alternatives to rotator cuff tears? Because of results like these.

The rotator cuff injuries are most commonly seen in tennis, softball, baseball, volleyball, rowing and people who lift weights.

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Treatments available for Chondromalacia Patellae

July 24, 2014

Chondromalacia patellae can appear suddenly or from a long standing overuse injury. There are non surgical treatment options available, as detailed in this blog post. 

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Golfer's elbow

July 18, 2014

While many people are familiar with tennis elbow, golfers, baseball pitchers, and javelin throwers can also suffer from something similar, but less common, condition called golfer’s elbow.

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What is Pitcher’s Elbow?

July 11, 2014

Inner elbow pain, restricted mobility and a locking of the elbow joint can be tell-tale signs of pitcher’s elbow. While the traditional treatment for pitcher’s elbow has been surgery, medical advances have made stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy a viable and effective option. Dr. Garg is a leader in this revolutionary field, and he has helped many athletes recover with this natural treatment option.

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Stem Cell Research Touted As Promising Field That Will Have a Profound Impact on Human Health at Annual Ansary Symposium

June 26, 2014

Stem-cell science is one of the most promising areas of biomedical research with the potential to dramatically improve treatment of the most intractable diseases, but it will likely take several more years to fully realize its potential.

That was the message at the annual Ansary Symposium on Stem Cell Research on June 6. The day-long event, which marked the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Ansary Stem Cell Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College, assembled the country's leading stem-cell investigators to discuss the field's achievements, its challenges and future.

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A roundtable discussion moderated by broadcast journalist Charlie Rose to discuss the burgeoning field was the symposium's marquee session. The discussion featured a panel of five top-flight scientists...

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Will Stem Cell Therapy Help Me With My Meniscus Tear?

June 17, 2014

If you are suffering with the pain of a torn meniscus, surgery is not your only option. Learn more in this blog from Dr. Garg

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Will I Need Surgery to Correct My Tennis Elbow?

June 12, 2014

Tennis elbow can be treated with stem cell therapy, as Dr. Garg explains in his latest blog. 

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Can an Aspirin a Day Help Prevent a Heart Attack?

May 20, 2014

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Can an aspirin a day help you ward off a heart attack or stroke?

That depends.

Scientific evidence shows that taking an aspirin daily can help prevent a heart attack or stroke in some people, but not in everyone. It also can cause unwanted side effects.

According to Robert Temple, M.D., deputy director for clinical science at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one thing is certain: You should use daily aspirin therapy only after first talking to your health care professional, who can weigh the benefits and risks.

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Stem Cell Treatment: What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

May 16, 2014

Learn more about what to expect after stem cell treatment from Dr. Garg at the Smart Choice Stem Cell Institute. 

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Can Stem Cell Therapy Help My ACL Injury?

May 9, 2014

An injury to the  anterior cruciate ligament can be painful and devastating. Learn more about how stem cell therapy can help you heal. 

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FORMER NFL JAGUAR TO BE THE SPOKESPERSON FOR SMARTCHOICE® STEM CELL INSTITUTE

April 30, 2014

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FORMER NFL JAGUAR TO BE THE SPOKESPERSON FOR SMARTCHOICE® STEM CELL INSTITUTE

Jacksonville, FL – Tom McManus, ex-NFL linebacker, is teaming up with SmartChoice® Stem Cell Institute as a spokesperson.  He and SmartChoice® hope that the alliance will promote awareness of benefits and the success of Adult Stem Cell procedures as non-surgical treatment for sports injuries, arthritis, joint and back pain.

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Stem cell injections for osteoarthritis of knees, hips, back and other joints.

April 14, 2014

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A Possible Minimally Invasive Alternative for Artificial Joint Replacement

A brand new therapy for the treatment of degenerations of joint, muscle and ligament is the Regenerative Medicine, focusing in particular on the transplantation of autologous adult stem cells.

Articular cartilage is a complex and highly complicated tissue and plays a key role in the buffering of heavy mechanical loads that strain articular joints. Lesions, trauma or injury to the cartilage can – in case of failure of the body’s own reparative capacity - lead to degenerative processes that can result in arthritis.

Attempts to stimulate the regeneration of cartilage by means of non-invasive methods can induce the production of fibrous cartilage, however not the regeneration of a fully functional, intact and resistant hyaline cartilage that can withstand general or athletic stresses.

Many patients experience a temporary palliation of their complaints, but further degeneration of their cartilage can hardly be averted, most likely resulting in artificial joint replacement.

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Bone marrow stem cells show promise in stroke treatment, UCI team finds

April 11, 2014

Research analysis reveals that they trigger repair mechanisms, limit inflammation

Irvine, Calif., April 9, 2014 — Stem cells culled from bone marrow may prove beneficial in stroke recovery, scientists at UC Irvine’s Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center have learned.

In an analysis of published research, neurologist Dr. Steven Cramer and biomedical engineer Weian Zhao identified 46 studies that examined the use of mesenchymal stromal cells – a type of multipotent adult stem cells mostly processed from bone marrow – in animal models of stroke. They found MSCs to be significantly better than control therapy in 44 of the studies.

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Stem Cell Therapy Following Meniscus Knee Surgery May Reduce Pain, Restore Meniscus

April 9, 2014

Rosemont, Ill. - A single stem cell injection following meniscus knee surgery may provide pain relief and aid in meniscus regrowth, according to a novel study appearing in the January issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery(JBJS).

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Stem Cell Transplant Shows “Landmark” Promise for Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease: Mayo Clinic

April 2, 2014

“This landmark study draws the conclusion in pre-clinical animal studies that stem cell therapy for disc degenerative disease might be a potentially effective treatment for the very common condition that affects people’s quality of life and productivity,” said the senior author, Wenchun Qu, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

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Nadal fitness to decide history?

March 27, 2014

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Nadal, 27, had been at his happiest in Melbourne. Last year, he won a total of 10 titles, got back the world number one spot and recovered from a knee injury that had sidelined him for seven months. A stem-cell treatment had removed the pain and reinforced both his morale on court and his good spirits in all aspects of his life. 

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Dwight Howard sidelined at Detroit

March 25, 2014

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Dwight Howard sat out the Los Angeles Lakers' game at Detroit on Sunday because of his ailing shoulder.

Howard was scratched from Friday night's game at Minnesota with a sore right shoulder and returned to Los Angeles to receive platelet-rich plasma treatments....

... Just as he did following the Lakers' 92-86 loss to the Suns on Wednesday, Howard would not entertain any questions about surgery possibly being required on his shoulder.

"I don't even want to think about surgery," Howard said.

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A*STAR scientists create stem cells from drop of blood

March 20, 2014

Scientists at A*STAR's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) have developed a method to generate human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) from a single drop of finger-pricked blood.

SINGAPORE: Scientists at A*STAR's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) have developed a method to generate human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) from a single drop of finger-pricked blood.

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Platelet-rich plasma treatment more effective than cortisone for severe hip bursitis

March 14, 2014

Chronic hip bursitis is a common yet difficult condition to treat successfully. A recent study, presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), compared the results of PRP and cortisone injections in patients with severe chronic hip (greater trochanteric) bursitis.

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Bioprinters: Printing a bit of me

March 8, 2014

Bioprinting: Building living tissue with a 3D printer is becoming a new business, but making whole organs for transplant remains elusive.

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Scientists Transform Skin Cells into Functioning Liver Cells

February 24, 2014

Joint Gladstone-UCSF study highlights novel reprogramming method; offers new hope for treating liver failure

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—February 23, 2014—The power of regenerative medicine now allows scientists to transform skin cells into cells that closely resemble heart cells, pancreas cells and even neurons. However, a method to generate cells that are fully mature—a crucial prerequisite for life-saving therapies—has proven far more difficult. But now, scientists at the Gladstone Institutes and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), have made an important breakthrough: they have discovered a way to transform skin cells into mature, fully functioning liver cells that flourish on their own, even after being transplanted into laboratory animals modified to mimic liver failure.

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'Largest ever' trial of adult stem cells in heart attack patients begins

February 21, 2014

The largest ever trial of adult stem cell therapy in heart attack patients has begun at The London Chest Hospital in the UK.

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Heart disease is the world's leading cause of death. Globally, more than 17 million people died from heart disease last year. In the US, over 1 million people suffer a heart attack each year, and about half of them die.

The stem cell trial - titled "The effect of intracoronary reinfusion of bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells (BM-MNC) on allcause mortality in acute myocardial infarction," or "BAMI" for short - has been made possible due to a €5.9 million ($8.1 million) award from the European Commission.

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Breakthrough: Scientists create embryonic stem cells without embryos

January 31, 2014

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, in collaboration with researchers from Japan, have discovered a way of changing adult stem cells back to their original embryonic state by exposing them to low oxygen and acidic environments. This is according to a study recently published in the journal Nature.

The research team, including senior author Dr. Charles Vacanti of Brigham and Women's Hospital, says their findings may one day lead to the creation of embryonic stem cells specific to each individual without the need for genetic manipulation.

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Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy versus Sham Surgery for a Degenerative Meniscal Tear

January 13, 2014

BACKGROUND

Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy is one of the most common orthopedic procedures, yet rigorous evidence of its efficacy is lacking.

METHODS

We conducted a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled trial in 146 patients 35 to 65 years of age who had knee symptoms consistent with a degenerative medial meniscus tear and no knee osteoarthritis. Patients were randomly assigned to arthroscopic partial meniscectomy or sham surgery. The primary outcomes were changes in the Lysholm and Western Ontario Meniscal Evaluation Tool (WOMET) scores (each ranging from 0 to 100, with lower scores indicating more severe symptoms) and in knee pain after exercise (rated on a scale from 0 to 10, with 0 denoting no pain) at 12 months after the procedure.

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Biomaterials get stem cells to commit to a bony future

January 6, 2014

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With the help of biomimetic matrices, a research team led by bioengineers at the Univ. of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) has discovered exactly how calcium phosphate can coax stem cells to become bone-building cells. This work appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Stem Cell Research Field Is Growing Twice as Fast as World Average

December 30, 2013

Elsevier, EuroStemCell, and Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), today released "Stem Cell Research report: Trends and Perspectives on the Evolving International Landscape" at the World Stem Cell Summit. This new, comprehensive analysis of the growth and development of the stem cell field as a whole, closely examines the research landscape for embryonic stem (ES) cell, human embryonic stem (hES) cell and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell.

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Step Closer to Muscle Regeneration

December 23, 2013

Muscle cell therapy to treat some degenerative diseases, including Muscular Dystrophy, could be a more realistic clinical possibility, now that scientists have found a way to isolate muscle cells from embryonic tissue.

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Joint Cartilage Development Tracked in Humans for First Time

December 16, 2013

Stem cell researchers from UCLA's Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research have published the first study to identify the origin cells and track the early development of human articular cartilage, providing what could be a new cell source and biological roadmap for therapies to repair cartilage defects and osteoarthritis. These revolutionary therapies could reach clinical trials within three years.

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Artificial Skin Created Using Stem Cells From Umbilical Cord

November 27, 2013

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In a first, scientists have grown artificial skin using stem cells derived from the umbilical cord.

Scientists from the Tissue Engineering Research Group at the Department of Histology at the University of Granada demonstrated the ability of Wharton jelly mesenschymal stem cells to turn to oral-mucosa or skin-regeneration epithelia.

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Kobe in Germany for PRP treatment

November 15, 2013

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant is in Germany and will undergo the platelet-rich plasma treatment known as Orthokine on his right knee, a source confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com on Thursday.

Bryant underwent the same therapy on his right knee in Germany in 2011.

Yahoo! Sports earlier reported that the Los Angeles Lakers star was traveling to Germany for the treatment.

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Stem-cell research

November 13, 2013 | By: by C.H. | NEW YORK

LIPOSUCTION has long epitomised unbridled vanity. Now those who undergo the procedure can claim to be serving the public good. According to a paper published in the Public Library of Science by Gregorio Chazenbalk, of the University of California, Los Angeles, and his colleagues, fatty tissue extracted during liposuction may prove instrumental in a sort of stem-cell therapy.

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Youthful stem cells from bone can heal the heart Temple scientists report

November 11, 2013

Many people who survive a heart attack find themselves back in the hospital with a failing heart just years later. And the outcome often is unfavorable, owing to limited treatment options. But scientists at Temple University School of Medicine's Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) recently found hope in an unlikely source -stem cells in cortical, or compact, bone. In a new study, they show that when it comes to the regeneration of heart tissue, these novel bone-derived cells do a better job than the heart's own stem cells.

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Stem Cells Help Repair Traumatic Brain Injury by Building Biobridge

November 8, 2013

University of South Florida researchers have suggested a new view of how stem cells may help repair the brain following trauma. In a series of preclinical experiments, they report that transplanted cells appear to build a "biobridge" that links an uninjured brain site where new neural stem cells are born with the damaged region of the brain.

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Stem cell technique has potential use in regenerative medicine and drug development

November 6, 2013

University of Toronto researchers have developed a method that can rapidly screen human stem cells and better control what they will turn into. The technology could have potential use in regenerative medicine and drug development. Findings are published in this week's issue of the journal Nature Methods.

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Scientists Find Stem Cells in Liposuctioned Fat

November 4, 2013 | By: Jason Koebler

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The stem cells discovered in adipose, or fat tissue, are considered "pluripotent," meaning they can be differentiated into essentially any type of body cell, making them potentially useful for a variety of medical uses. Researchers believe that pluripotent stem cells will be used to treat neurological disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Diseases.

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Stem cell technique has potential use in regenerative medicine and drug development

October 24, 2013

 University of Toronto researchers have developed a method that can rapidly screen human stem cells and better control what they will turn into. The technology could have potential use in regenerative medicine and drug development. Findings are published in this week's issue of the journal Nature Methods.

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Is PRP Therapy Used by Alex Rodriguez and Zack Greinke Miracle or Mirage

October 18, 2013 | By: Will Carroll

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Over the past couple years, a new term has crept into the public consciousness from the shadows of medical experimentation. Platelet rich plasma injections or "PRP" have become commonplace, especially for cases where an athlete is trying to avoid surgery. It is being used by superstars in other sports, with Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Ray Lewis and Peyton Manning all using PRP in some fashion. Now, there is finally some scientific evidence that PRP works.

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What Is This Knee Treatment Kobe Bryant Goes All the Way to Germany For

October 16, 2013 | By: Will Carroll

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News that Kobe Bryant was headed to Germany for treatment on his kneebroke late this week.

The treatment was planned and expected by the Los Angeles Lakers medical staff and is a follow-up to previous treatments that Bryant has had on his knees. Bryant suffers from degeneration inside the knee and has had success with treatments in the past. There are so many questions about this treatment that I wanted to address as many as I can in hopes of easing the confusion.

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Stem Cell Therapies Prometheus Unbound

October 14, 2013

Researchers have yet to realise the old dream of regenerating organs. But they are getting closer

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PROMETHEUS, a Titan bound to a rock by Zeus, endured the daily torture of an eagle feasting on his liver, only to have the organ regrow each night. Compared with this spectacle, a video on the website of Nature this week seems decidedly dull. It shows a collection of pink dots consolidating into a darker central glob.

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Can Stem Cells From Belly Fat Repair Injured Knees

October 11, 2013 | By: Christi Myers

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Finally, Houston humans are getting a shot at a cutting edge treatment that Houston Zoo animals have been getting -- stem cells for injured knees. And the stem cells come from your belly fat!

"When I was playing basketball, I made a pivot stop and it just tore," Jesse Flores said.

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Using Bodys Own Stem Cells Can Help Postpone Knee Replacement

October 9, 2013 | By: Jim Bergamo / KVUE News and photojournalist Dennis Thomas and editor Rob Diaz

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Age, not pain or swelling, is the main determining factor when it comes to getting a knee replacement. Doctors say because the artificial joints wear out in about 10 to 15 years, they have to be replaced.

Thus, getting one too young can lead to a more difficult operation later in life. Now there's a new, procedure that can provide significant relief without surgery.

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Stem Cells Could Offer Relief From Arthritis Pain

October 7, 2013 | By: Denise Dador

LOS ANGELES (KABC)-- Fifty million Americans suffer from arthritis, and that number is expected to grow to 67 million in the next 15 years. The pain is becoming so excruciating that record numbers are opting for hip, shoulder and knee replacements. But now you don't have to go under the knife to find relief.

Former state politician John Lunsford gave speeches, shook hands and pounded the pavement for 11 years. It all took a toll on his body.

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Peyton Manning: Poster Child for Stem Cell Treatment

September 6, 2013 | By: Paul Mountjoy

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WASHINGTON, September 6, 2013 — NFL quarterback Peyton Manning turned in a record performance yesterday against the Super Bowl champion team the Baltimore Ravens. And he may have stem cell therapy to thank.

During the 2010 and/or 2011 seasons, Manning sustained career ending neck injuries, undergoing conventional surgeries to repair neck discs pressing his spinal cord. Accordingly to widely published reports, these surgeries included having spacers and plates installed, a disc removed.

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Pioneering Heart Attack Stem Cell Trial Treats 1st Patient

September 5, 2013 | By: CBC News

The first patient has been treated in a groundbreaking medical trial in Ottawa that could lead to a new way to repair damaged tissues following a heart attack.

Researchers announced Thursday that Harriet Garrow of Cornwall, Ont., who suffered a severe heart attack in July, was their first test subject. Her heart had stopped beating before she was resuscitated, causing major damage to her cardiac muscle.

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Abe Funds Stem Cells to Help Cure Japan Wasting Disease

September 3, 2013 | By: Kanoko Matsuyama & David Wainer

Economic regeneration is the name of the game for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and cellular regeneration is one way to play it. The government is pushing through bills to fast-track regulatory approval for cell-based products and set new research guidelines. It’s also funding a $1.12 billion study of a type of stem cell free from ethical concerns over embryo harvesting that have dogged the science for more than a decade.

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The Body Parts Which Can Be Regrown In A Laboratory

August 30, 2013 | By: Richard Gray, Science Correspondent

The concept of growing spare body parts in test tubes has long featured in science fiction, but research using stem cells is now allowing real organs and tissues to be created in laboratories.

This is part of a fast moving field known as regenerative medicine, which promises to provide patients with a catalogue of spare parts to repair and replace damaged or diseased bits of the body.

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Scientists Grow Mini Brains From Stem Cells

August 29, 2013 | By: Elizabeth Landau, CNN

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(CNN) -- We've seen beating heart tissue, windpipes and bladders all grown from stem cells. Now researchers have taken another important step forward by growing mini brains from these programmable cells.

They're not actually functioning brains -- in the same way that a car with the engine on its roof or wheels on its hood isn't a drivable vehicle -- but the parts are there, and that's an important scientific advancement, according to Juergen Knoblich, senior author of a new study on using stem cells to grow brain tissue.

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Stem Cells Grow Beating Heart

August 14, 2013 | By: AFP

A lab-grown heart could help the estimated 17 million people who die each year from heart ailments.

Scientists said Tuesday they had used stem cells to grow human heart tissue that contracted spontaneously in a petri dish -- marking progress in the quest to manufacture transplant organs.

A team from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, used induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells generated from human skin cells to create precursor heart cells called MCPs. iPS cells are mature human cells "reprogrammed" into a versatile, primitive state from which they can be prompted to develop into any kind of cell of the body.

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10 Amazing Parts Created Outside the Body

July 22, 2013 | By: Alyssa Danigelis

When physicians run out of treatment options they look to a nascent field known as bioengineering. Specialized scientists apply engineering principles to biological systems, opening up the possibility of creating new human tissue, organs, blood and even corneas such as the one shown here. Waiting lists for organ transplants continue to be lengthy so the race to save lives with bioengineered body parts is on. Here’s a look at some of the most notable achievements in recent years.

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