Stem cells used to promote quick and precise bone healing

Although some broken bones can be mended with the help of a cast, others require more complex treatments. Bone grafts, which can come from the patient’s own body or a donor, are used to transplant bone tissue to the injury site. However, these procedures can have setbacks such as increased recovery time and chronic pain. … Continue reading Stem cells used to promote quick and precise bone healing

New hydrogel developed could aid in therapies to generate bones in head and neck

When most people think of mussels, what immediately comes to mind might be a savory seafood dish or favorite seafood restaurant. But to Dr. Alireza Moshaverinia and his team of researchers at the UCLA School of Dentistry, it’s the ability that mussels have to stick to wet surfaces that is of particular interest. Partially inspired … Continue reading New hydrogel developed could aid in therapies to generate bones in head and neck

How a see-through fish could one day lead to substitutes for bone marrow transplants

For years researchers have struggled to create human blood stem cells in the lab. They have done it several times with animal models, but the human kind? Well, that’s proved a bit trickier. Now a CIRM-funded team at UC San Diego (UCSD) think they have cracked the code. And that would be great news for … Continue reading How a see-through fish could one day lead to substitutes for bone marrow transplants

Stories that Caught Our Eye: New ways to heal old bones; and keeping track of cells once they are inside you

How Youth Factor Can Help Repair Old Bones As we get older things that used to heal quickly tend to take a little longer to get better. In some cases, a lot longer. Take bones for example. A fracture in someone who is in their 70’s often doesn’t heal as quickly, or completely, as in … Continue reading Stories that Caught Our Eye: New ways to heal old bones; and keeping track of cells once they are inside you

Stem Cell Stories that Caught Our Eye: Human Eggs From Stem Cells, A New Way to Heal Broken Bones and A Lab Grown Esophagus

Stem cell image of the week:  Immature human eggs (pink) were created by Japanese researchers using stem cells that were derived from blood cells. A team of Japanese scientists say they have taken an important step toward creating human eggs in a lab dish. Their work, which was reported Thursday in the journal Science, outlined their research and explained … Continue reading Stem Cell Stories that Caught Our Eye: Human Eggs From Stem Cells, A New Way to Heal Broken Bones and A Lab Grown Esophagus

Fish umbrellas and human bone: protecting blood stem cells from the sun’s UV rays

Most people probably do not question the fact that human blood stem cells – those that give rise to all the cells in our blood – live inside the marrow of our bones, called a stem cell “niche”. But it is pretty odd when you stop to think about it. I mean, it makes sense … Continue reading Fish umbrellas and human bone: protecting blood stem cells from the sun’s UV rays

Surprise findings about bone marrow transplants could lead to more effective stem cell therapies

Some medical therapies have been around for so long that we naturally assume we understand how they work. That’s not always the case. Take aspirin for example. It’s been used for more than 4,000 years to treat pain and inflammation but it was only in the 1970’s that we really learned how it works. The … Continue reading Surprise findings about bone marrow transplants could lead to more effective stem cell therapies

One man’s journey with leukemia has turned into a quest to make bone marrow stem cell transplants safer

I read a story yesterday in Science Magazine that really stuck with me. It’s about a man who was diagnosed with leukemia and received a life-saving stem cell transplant that is now threatening his health. The man is name Lukas Wartman and is a doctor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He … Continue reading One man’s journey with leukemia has turned into a quest to make bone marrow stem cell transplants safer