Tag: stem cell therapy

Doctors use stem cell therapy to treat lung disease

Doctors at the Lung Institute in Tampa are using a lung patient’s own stem cells to help treat COPD, emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis by repairing damaged tissue.

The innovative stem cell therapy won’t be rejected because the doctors use the patients’ own cells in an FDA-approved process with growth factors. In some cases, patients are able to get rid of their oxygen tanks altogether.

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Stem cell therapy to repair damaged cartilage

Rush University Medical Center is conducting the nation’s first clinical study of an innovative stem cell drug, Cartistem, to repair knee cartilage damaged by aging, trauma or degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis.

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Man’s sight restored with use of stem cells

Doctors diagnosed a man with a rare eye disease called corneal limbal stem cell deficiency, which was causing the normal cells on Binns’ corneas to be replaced with scar tissue, leading to painful eye ulcers that clouded over his corneas.

Since a corneal transplant was not an option for Binns, his doctors at Toronto Western Hospital proposed something new: a limbal stem cell transplant.

Just like with an organ transplant, Binns’ doctors had to find a healthy match. It turned out his younger sister, Victoria, was the ideal candidate for the job. read more

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