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Jason Dragoo’s Stanford University research team gets 100 to 200 inquiries every day from people interested in joining its clinical trial studying the use of stem cells to treat knee injuries.
Karon Howard, of Brighton, Colo., was the kind of woman who chose to live life in a pair jeans and boots — running a towing company, working with horses and being outdoors. A year ago, joint pain in her knees, hips and hands left her sitting home on the couch, instead.
Source: Orthopedics This Week Inc
The board of directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has approved a new position statement that urges orthopedic surgeons and patients to be fully aware of the risks and benefits of stem cell and other biologic treatments for musculoskeletal joint conditions.
Sanford started the two U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved clinical trials — one a month ago and the other earlier this year — using abdominal fat stem cells to heal small and partial thickness tears in the rotator cuff and ulcers, said Dr. David Pearce, president of Sanford Research in Sioux Falls, S.D.
How do stem cells work? We know some things. For example, stem cells can both differentiate (turn into) another cell and excrete chemicals to coordinate a repair response. They can transfer good mitochondrial batteries to a dying cell with bad batteries. They can also transfer some of their RNA into another cell and make it produce proteins. Now a new study also suggests that stem cells injected into a joint may be able to wake up local cartilage repair cells.
Source: Medical Xpress
The truth came crashing home last year—a perfect storm of faulty genetics, the unrelenting march of age, and every athletic mishap I've ever stumbled through.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune
Those looking for legitimate stem cell treatments face bewildering choices about where to go and which of the many kinds of stem cells are best for their condition.