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Menstrual blood stem cell banking being launched in India
March 2011 – 12:24pm India News
 

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New Delhi : Menstrual blood stem cells can now be easily collected, processed and harvested in an affordable, painless and non-invasive manner.

This unique stem cell banking is being launched in India for the first time at Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu state, as LifeCell Femme menstrual blood stem cell banking service.

Until now, menstrual blood was discarded as unsanitary waste. Menstrual blood contains a large number of self-renewing stem cells that multiply rapidly and can differentiate into many other types of cells such as neural, cardiac, bone, fat, cartilage and possibly others, demonstrating great potential for cell therapy, statesman reported quoting the recent research.

Every month during a woman’s menstrual period the uterine lining, endometrium, is shed along with the extra blood and tissues. This lining of the uterus contains a large number of mesenchymal stem cells and several thousand fold high concentration of stem cell growth factors. These cells from the endometrium are unique because they have many properties and characteristics similar to both bone marrow and embryonic stem cells.

Although menstrual stem cell technology has not yet been utilised to date in human therapies, the collective body of ongoing research may potentially change the types of therapies used to diagnose or treat a host of significant medical conditions in the future affecting hundreds of millions worldwide like Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Parkinson’s disease, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and many others.

“Stem cell technology is the future of medicine. Experiments performed at the Keio University school of medicine have succeeded in growing sheets of heart muscle from connective tissue cells harvested from menstrual blood When it comes to growing heart muscle, however, the connective tissue cells in menstrual blood have a success rate 100 times higher than the 0.2 – 0.3 percent for stem cells taken from human bone marrow,” said the chief scientific officer, LifeCell International, Dr Ajit Kumar.

Once collected the menstrual blood stem cells are dispatched to LifeCell’s state of the art laboratory facility at Chennai for processing. The stem cells are then harvested and the menstrual stem cells are frozen in liquid nitrogen storage container for cryogenic preservation at sub-zero minus 196 degrees centigrade. This procedure will enable the stem cells to retain their potency and viability for an indefinite period of time.

Menstrual blood stem cell banking being launched in India | TwoCircles.net.

How to Donate Menstrual Blood for Stem Cell Research

By an eHow Contributor

The use of menstrual blood as a resource for stem cells has been an interesting development in the field of bioresearch. The idea of collecting stem cells has been a controversial one at times. With this new method, there is no moral dilemma for anyone involved. In the future, people will benefit from the open availability of these types of stem cells. Currently, one company has the market cornered in the collection and storage of menstrual blood for stem cells. The company is called C’Elle. Collecting and storing your menstrual blood for its stem cells is easy.

Instructions-things you’ll need:

  • Collection package
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      Order your collection kit from C’Elle through their company website (see Resources).

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      Freeze the cooling packs that arrive with your C’Elle collection kit immediately upon arrival and continuously until you are ready to package your collections and send them back via FedEx.

    • 3

      To collect your menstrual blood, insert the provided menstrual cup in place of a tampon. This cup needs to be left in for three hours to collect your first of two specimens.

    • 4

      Take the menstrual cup out. It should have about a teaspoon of fluid in it. Carefully place this fluid into the provided vials of solution.

    • 5

      Refrigerate your first specimen while you collect your second.

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      Replace your menstrual cup for another three hours and repeat the collection process for your second vial. One vial will be used for storage and the other will be used for infectious disease testing.

    • 7

      Remove your cooling packs from the freezer; the first specimen from the refrigerator and package both specimens and the cooling packs in your original collection kit box after you have collected both specimens.

    • 8

      Ship your collection kit back to C’Elle using the provided airbilled FedEx box.

Read more: How to Donate Menstrual Blood for Stem Cell Research | eHow.comhttp://www.ehow.com/how_4587255_menstrual-blood-stem-cell-research.html#ixzz1Ia5iwhot

Posted: 4/6/2011 9:43:52 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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Technology is giving us many new inventions daily. One such recent invention of world class manufacturing technology has been made by Medivet Pty Ltd. The Research and Development Division of the company has introduced a new procedure with the help of which, the veterinarians can extract, process and activate an animal’s own adult stem cells by injecting them back again into the animal’s own body.
 
Medivet has recently introduced this unique procedure. Several countries worldwide and many international veterinarians today are using this procedure to treat many degenerative diseases such as primary and secondary arthritis, hip dysplasia, damaged or torn ligaments and tendons, joint pain, worn or damaged cartilage etc.

 

Medivet has spent many years and millions of dollars to introduce this one of the most exciting and valuable treatments ever released, exclusively for the veterinary field. The company is really making big with its American division, Medivet America LLC that is leading the field in sales and Adipose Stem Cell procedures.
 
Trials are still being conducted at many universities, in Australia and internationally. Also, thousands of Adipose Stem Cell Kits have been supplied to veterinarians enabling them to perform Stem cell procedures including the 14 international countries to which, Medivet is currently exporting the kits.
 

 

Posted: 4/5/2011 9:40:46 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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An increasing number of couples are opting for stem cell banking,
discovers Zeenia F Baria

Stem Cell Expert Dr Satyen Sanghavi says that stem cells are cells found in all multi cellular organisms. They’re found throughout the body, but especially in bone marrow, in the peripheral blood (your circulating blood) and in the umbilical cord. “They are characterised by the ability to renew themselves through mitotic cell division and differentiate into a diverse range of specialised cell types. Stem cells divide themselves many times to make new stem cells. They can also transform into specific cells needed by the body to heal itself. Stem cells for transplantation can come from yourself/ your own body (an autologous transplant) or, more commonly from a donor (an allogeneic transplant). Stem cells can now be grown and transformed into specialised cells with characteristics consistent with cells of various tissues such as muscles or nerves through cell culture. Highly plastic adult stem cells from a variety of sources, including umbilical cord blood and bone marrow, are routinely used in medical therapies,” says Dr Sanghavi.

What is Stem Cell Banking?
A stem cell bank is a facility, which stores stem cells for future use. Umbilical cord blood is blood that remains in the placenta and in the attached umbilical cord after childbirth. Cord blood is obtained from the umbilical cord at the time of childbirth, after the cord has been detached from the newborn. Cord blood is collected because it contains stem cells, including hematopoietic cells, which can be used to treat hematopoietic and genetic disorders. Cord blood contains all the normal elements of blood – red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. But it is also rich in hematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cells, similar to those found in bone marrow. This is why cord blood can be used for transplantation as an alternative to bone marrow.

Why is it recommended?
Infertility Specialist, Dr Nandita Palshetkar says that stem cell banking is a simple, safe and painless procedure and happens immediately after birth after cutting the cord. “The cord blood collected is then transferred to the laboratory and frozen in cryogenic storage tanks for long-term preservation. Nowadays, the umbilical cord is also stored. Stem cells represent an exciting area in medicine because of their potential to regenerate and repair damaged tissue. Some current therapies, such as bone marrow transplantation, already make use of stem cells and their potential for regeneration of damaged tissues. Other therapies are under investigation that involve transplanting stem cells into a damaged body part and directing them to grow and differentiate into healthy tissue,” says Dr Palshetkar.

Benefits
Storing your baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells is an investment towards the future health of the family. “It ensures an exact match for the child and a more likely match for another blood-related family member, should the stem cells be needed for treatment. Unfortunately, if a stem cell treatment is indicated, families that have not privately banked their child’s cord blood stem cells end up searching for an appropriate source of compatible stem cells – searches, which can take months and still be unsuccessful. Cord blood stem cells from a family member are much more likely to be successfully transplanted than those from an unrelated donor,” says Dr Sanghavi.

Difference between stem cells from cord blood v/s bone marrow
Both bone marrow and cord blood stem cell transplants are designed to replace unhealthy cells with healthy ones. “Cord blood is blood that is collected from an infant’s umbilical cord after delivery, so that it may be tested, frozen and subsequently stored in a cord blood bank for future use. A bone marrow transplant, on the other hand, involves the use of bone marrow that is transplanted from a donor into the recipient in order to cultivate new stem cells. Stem cells are available in greater proportion from the umbilical cord as compared to bone marrow. Cord blood cells are have more generative capacity as compared to bone marrow cells. Cord blood cells can be used for those with lung, heart and kidney diseasewhere bone marrow cells are to be avoided,” says Dr Palshetkar.

Conclusion
Gynaecologist Dr Sonal Kumta says that more parents should opt for stem cell banking. “Cord blood can be stored by cryopreservation for future use for your child or any other family member. The baby will have a 100 per cent match with these cells and siblings will have 25 per cent match. This once in a lifetime opportunity helps preserve a biological resource for future use. It helps protect one from incurable diseases like leukemia and thalassemia while trials are in progress for Alzheimers, cartilage regeneration, diabetes, heart diseases, liver diseases, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury and even strokes.
Posted: 2/23/2011 9:48:12 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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MOUNTAIN CLIMBER’S OWN STEM CELLS SAVE HIS ANKLE FOR POSSIBLE TENTH CLIMB OF MT. EVEREST
What is subjected to more weight and is injured more than any other joint in our body? Our ankles are. When an injury, sprain, or break does not heal right, the problem creeps up years later in the form of arthritis.
 
A new procedure using stem cells from the patient's own body is regenerating joints and giving people more mobility.
His resume includes conquering mount McKinley 40 times, Mount Kilimanjaro 20 times and Mount Everest nine times, and a broken ankle from 30 years ago created his biggest barrier yet.
 
He said, "It's getting to the point where I'm limping."
 
The cartilage in between his subtalar joint right below the ankle was gone.
 
Dr. S. Robert Rozbruch, Chief at Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service Hospital for Special Surgery, said, "The conventional treatment for that is to fuse the subtalar joint which means make it stiff."
 
That is not an option for Vern, so doctors tried a new approach. Implant a fixator for three months that pulls apart the joint. Then, inject stem cells in the new four-millimeter space where cartilage will regenerate.
 
Dr. Rozbruch said, "We used stem cells derived from his pelvis."
 
Dr. Rozbruch has done 100 of these procedures on ankle joints. So far, 90 percent of patients are relieved of pain and do not need fusions.
 
He said, "Basically you see a reversal of arthritis."
 
You can see the difference between the ankle joint before the procedure, which has no space between the bones, and after...
 
"Look at the difference you can see a space, there's about three millimeters of cartilage compared to nothing," said Dr. Rozbruch.
 
"With this new technique I'll have a foot than can go 20, 30 years," said Vern.
 
Vern is a climbing king who was not going to let pain prevent him from his next adventure. This is the first time ever the procedure was done in the joint below the ankle.
 
Vern's next trip is an expedition across the South Pole in November.
 
Doctors say the cartilage continues to regenerate years after the procedure. If it does not work, patients can still have a fusion.
Posted: 11/27/2010 10:28:17 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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Eight years ago, the rotator cuff on Tom Novak’s left shoulder tore.
 
After surgery to repair the injury and the biceps tendonitis that came with the tear, Novak underwent six months of physical therapy to regain proper motion. Then this year, the same thing happened again – this time to his right shoulder.

“It was probably a combination of wear and tear and throwing around 50 pound bags,” the 70-year-old Southport resident said, recalling the sharp, shooting pain that ripped though his arm one afternoon in June when he was working around the house.

“I realized something had gone wrong because I couldn’t pick up the drill,” he said. “I could not lift my hand higher than my waist.” But this time around after the surgery, Novak the recovery was noticeably different.

Within days he no longer had to take pain medication, and in a few weeks he regained the same range of motion it took months of physical therapy to achieve last time.

“Eight years ago, they were doing things differently,” Novak said. This time, Novak’s orthopedic surgeon Austin Yeargan tried a new approach. Yeargan harvested adult stem cells from bone marrow that came from Novak’s hip and used them to help repair his rotator cuff, combining it with a process to bathe the surgical site with platelet-rich plasma to jump-start growth factors.

“What I’m most excited about is using it for rotator cuff procedures. There are 15 percent of people who still do not do well after the surgery,” said Yeargan, who is based in Southport but operates in Brunswick County and Wilmington. “What I’m hoping is it helps to heal in cases when it’s older adults who don’t have the best tissue in the world.

“I’m going to start using it too for the bad fractures where the bone is very poor.”

Because adult stem cells do not have a specific structure or function, they are showing promise in a range of different types of surgeries to aid the healing process.

“The stem cells, they’re the most important thing because they’re not differentiated. They can really do anything,” Yeargan said.

Sidestepping the controversial issue of embryonic stem cell use, researchers have looked at new ways to use stem cells taken directly from the patient.

Yeargan pointed out that there needs to be more studies published using controlled groups to back up the procedure.
“Anecdotally, I have noticed a far quicker recovery and less pain,” he said.

Philip Hardison, president and CEO of the Wilmington-based Synergistic Technologies company that distributes the equipment for the process and has been marketing it to area surgeons, said the approach also has been used locally for spine fusions to grow bone after spine surgery.

He pointed to other areas of the country where the patient’s adult stem cells have been used to treat chronic wounds that won’t heal and for peripheral artery disease.

Last year, researchers in Ohio published the outcome of a clinical trial during which six of nine patients with severe peripheral artery disease who received adult stem cell transplants avoided major amputation. The stem cells helped grow new blood vessels to bypass damaged ones.

Blood vessels, however, are not the only thing adult stem cells could be used for as the building blocks for new growth. “If you put them (the adult stem cells) in the knee, where you typically have bone on bone, it will regrow the cartilage, which will prevent someone from having a total knee (replacement) surgery or at least buy them some time,” Hardison said. “Right now, we’ve been using it in orthopedic and spine surgeries, but the next level is with some of the trauma surgeons and to avoid amputations.”

FROM DON MARGOLIS: This doctor took a major step forward but will be stopped by the FDA, as all good doctors are who actually try to help people with the only stem cells which work. NOT because they are unsafe but because Repair Stem Cells threaten the profits of the Big Corporations who own our government and the FDA. There are two little companies in the USA which do what this doctor did without the surgery. The FDA is, of course, doing its best to destroy stem cells which help people and has come up with a new law to close one of them down. If you don’t know this by now, learn it:

Rule #1 of medicine in North America is profits to the big guys come first.

Rule #2 no cures of chronic diseases allowed---EVER, since cured patients cannot contribute to profits.

Rule #3 Patients are profitable Lab Rats, nothing more. Allow drugs which kill by the thousands but not stem cells which can’t kill anyone.
 
Posted: 8/27/2010 5:05:18 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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