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March 22, 2016

Durham, NC –  A study recently published in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine points the way to a new, potentially restorative treatment for age-related or type II osteoporosis. When a single dose of a certain type of stem cell, called mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs), was injected into mice with the disease, long-term bone engraftment and quality bone growth resulted. As an added benefit, the cells protected existing bone from damage.

March 9, 2016

Durham, NC –  A new type of engineered stem cell could transform how Alzheimer's disease (AD) is treated and perhaps even stop the disease in its tracks. In a study recently published in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, a team of University of Michigan researchers describe how they revved up the levels of a protein called IGF-I in a line of neuronal stem cells (NSCs), which resulted in the NSCs producing brain cells that were both resistant to AD and capable of restoring AD-ravaged cells to normal.

November 12, 2015

Durham, NC – A new study appearing in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine (SCTM) describes a highly efficient, protein-based method for turning fibroblasts — the most common cells in connective tissue — into cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs). The results could lead to a much-needed new source of cells for regenerating the heart. Equally exciting is that the technology also converts the fibroblasts directly to CPCs, skipping an in-between and significantly speeding up the process.

September 3, 2015

Durham, NC, Sep. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- According to a study released in the latest issue of STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, a German team of researchers discovered that extracellular vesicles (EVs), tiny membrane-enclosed structures that travel between cells, seem to work as well as adult stem cells to help the brain recover from a stroke.

August 27, 2015

Durham, NC, Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A new study appearing in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine indicates that stem cell injections helped rats live almost a third longer than normal. In addition, the treated animals remained both physically and mentally active longer throughout their life spans.

August 4, 2015

DURHAM, N.C., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A study released today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine shows the promise of stem cells for growing new cartilage to replace the tissue damaged by osteoarthritis or injury. That's good news for the rapidly growing number of people undergoing knee and hip replacements each year – nearly a million (645,000 hips and 300,000 knees) in the U.S. alone, according to a 2011 report from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

July 28, 2015

DURHAM, N.C., July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A new clinical trial to test how a high dose of stem cells delivered via a method called "retrograde coronary sinus infusion" affects end stage heart failure patients is showing promising results. The method involves giving the cells backwards (retrograde) through the heart through the main vein (the coronary sinus).  

June 24, 2015

DURHAM, N.C., June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- To date, the only definitive treatment for heart failure – an organ transplant – is hampered by both the limited number of organ donors and the potential for the patient's body to reject the new heart.  However, findings of a study published in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine demonstrate the promise in regenerating cardiac tissue using engineered patches made up of a mixture of fibrin and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from human umbilical cord blood.

May 29, 2015

DURHAM, N.C., May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A study released today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine could open the door to a new therapy to potentially expand the current window of time for treating patients after they have experienced a stroke (five times beyond that of a clot-busting drug) and significantly improves their chance of recovery.

May 29, 2015

DURHAM, N.C., May. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A new study appearing today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, designed to test how stem cell injections affect primates with spinal cord injury (SCI), showed the treatments significantly improved the animals' motor function recovery and promoted faster healing, too. The researchers call their findings a step forward toward the goal of improving outcomes for humans with chronic SCI.