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Scientists from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University’s Wyss Institute are looking to put an end to root canals in the future. They’re developing a new treatment strategy that will heal a damaged tooth using the patient’s own stem cells.
Though the work is still in its early stages, and has not yet been tested in people, the scientists won an award from the Royal Society of Chemistry for their idea: regenerative dental fillings.
When dental pulp disease and injury happen, a root canal is typically performed to remove the infected tissues, explained Dr. Adam Celiz, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham.
Instead of the current dental materials used on fillings, which are toxic to cells, the new approach harnesses and stimulates one’s own stem cells instead.
“What we found is a material that can potentially regenerate components of a patients’ tooth,” Celiz told CBS News.
“We’re trying to provide an alternative material, an alternative therapy,” he said, because the current method involves the dentist removing all of the infected pulp tissue, “scraping it out, and it can be very painful.”
The process works by stimulating native stem cells inside teeth, triggering repair and regeneration of pulp tissues.
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Source: Amanda Brandeis KXAN
AUSTIN (KXAN) — While painkillers have an important role in healthcare, they’re commonly abused and often lead to addiction. Those who don’t want to risk getting addicted can find themselves losing hope at treating their chronic pain. But here in Austin, some patients are getting that hope back.
“I was suffering every day, and every year it was getting worse,” says B-DOE, a radio personality for KLBJ.
The pain in his knees first started after a serious car crash 15 years ago. Since then, B-DOE has battled arthritis and undergone knee surgeries to try to find relief.
“Nothing’s worked. Nothing had worked over the years to lessen that pain, a lot of ibuprofen. I’m not one who likes to take that medication to begin with.”
Nothing worked until he tried adult stem cell therapy at Bennulife.
“Adult stem cells that come from the patient’s own body. So they’re not foreign, they’re already in the patient’s body,” said Dr. Katy Moncivais, a scientist at Bennulife. “We harness them and put them where they need to go – where the patient needs a little bit of an extra boost with healing.”
Dr. Moncivais says ‘stem cell’ is really a general term that means a cell can make a copy of itself and can turn into something else.
The entire process of injecting one’s own adult stem cells takes just an hour. The patient lies face down and is given a local anesthesia. Then a doctor extracts stem cells from bone marrow in the hip, and later injects it back into the problem area.
Dr. Andres Lerner performed the procedure on B-DOE.
“I do believe that it’s going to lead to a major reduction in the use of narcotics and pain medication as a long-term plan of management for patients,” said Dr. Lerner. “This is an alternative to the more invasive surgeries.”
B-DOE says the procedure was a game-changer for healing his pain.
“I was back to normal almost in a month — pain free. It still to this day blows my mind,” he says. “I feel excited and thankful to actually wake up! When I go run to play with the kid, I can run!”
He says he hasn’t had to use any anti-inflammatory medication since his adult stem cell therapy procedure.
Dr. Lerner says right now the procedure isn’t typically covered by insurance. He says depending on the amount of stem cells and complexity, the procedure can cost anywhere from $3,500 to $6,500.
He looks forward to the day when more people are utilizing it to manage pain as many people are not yet aware of this treatment.
“If it works, and most of the time it does – you’re not taking pain medication anymore,” said Dr. Lerner. “I am a surgeon and I love surgery, it has an important place in healthcare. But surgery is something no one wants, including the surgeon! It’s something we need to do because we have no better option. Having better options to delay or avoid surgery is very exciting.”
Dr. Lerner says the length of pain relief varies from patient to patient, anywhere from a few months to several years.
Reported by: Lili Tan – NBC Bay Area
It’s a medical breakthrough that is even surprising doctors: chronic stroke patients with little hope for recovery suddenly talking and walking again. Stanford researchers say a new stem cell experiment is transforming lives.
“We did not expect to see significant recovery,” said Dr. Gary Steinberg, who is Stanford University School of Medicine’s Chief of Neurosurgery. “We were quite startled by the remarkable recovery some of the patients showed.”
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UK doctors in Sheffield say patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are showing “remarkable” improvements after receiving a stem cell treatment that is usually used for cancer patients.
About 20 patients have received bone marrow transplants using their own stem cells. Some patients who were paralyzed have been able to walk again.
Prof Basil Sharrack, of Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital, said: “To have a treatment which can potentially reverse disability is really a major achievement.”
Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS, an incurable neurological condition. Most patients are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s.
The disease causes the immune system to attack the lining of nerves in the brain and spinal cord.
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Marina Jordan Killoran (45) suffers with an incurable auto-immune disease called Systemic Scleroderma and was told by medics she needed a stem cell transplant, which is not available in her homeland Ireland. She must travel to the USA for this life saving treatment. The good news is she now can.
Just a few weeks ago Marina put out a video as it emerged her stem cell transplant would cost $125,000 (€109,000), not including travel, accommodation or aftercare expenses.
In just 7 days from the start of the appeal via the Irish Newspaper, “The Independent”, donations came flooding in and €130,000 was raised. Marina’s stem cell transplant was booked immediately and will be performed at the Chicago Clinic in the USA on June 20th.
Overjoyed Marina said: “This is a second chance at life. It’s incredible.”
“We are euphoric, it’s just such a turnaround in just one week,” she said.
The cash raised will also allow her husband and two daughters to travel with her to the U.S.A. Marina insisted that any extra cash will be put back into supporting others suffering with the disease.
“If I can continue and I am in good health I just want to dedicate my life towards helping others with this illness.”
Systemic Scleroderma or “thickened skin” creates an overproduction of protein collagen in the body.
Marina has the more severe form of the disease which means her internal organs are also affected. Her lungs, oesophagus and stomach are now damaged – and there is also an anomaly with her heart.
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Doctor Bill Johnson from Texas talks about these exciting times with stem cell therapy providing major healing and recovery benefits for a wide range of health conditions and diseases including joint pain, arthritis, COPD, inflammatory diseases including Lupus, Crohn’s Disease. Stem cell treatment is also assisting those who have Parkinson’s Disease or have suffered a stroke.