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····Discovering the secret of stem cells represent a change in the vision of living organisms···
The potential stem cell therapies have to revolutionize medical care is extraordinary. Researchers around the world are evaluating the safety and efficacy of stem cell therapy in diseases such as; diabetes, myocardial infarction, Alzheimer´s disease, Parkinson´s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus erythematosus.
Dr. Sharon McQuillan, a U.S. Board certified physician, who specializes in both Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine, teamed up with experts in stem cell therapies, to form the Ageless Regenerative Institute. This team of experts developed an FDA approved method and protocol for harvesting and isolating adipose derived stem cells for autologous reimplantation. The collection and use of adult stem cells does not require the destruction of embryos and for this reason, more U.S. federal dollars are being spent on stem cell research. Currently there are more than 4,200 FDA approved studies in the United States to evaluate the effectiveness of using stem cells in more than 1000 different conditions. The investigational results in the U.S are very promising however, currently the only FDA approved stem cell therapies include bone marrow for bone marrow transplants and cord blood for certain blood disorders
Using the method and protocol developed by the Ageless Regenerative Institute, the experts at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute in Costa Rica are treating a wide range of diseases with great success. The mission of the Stem Cells Transplant Institute, under the direction of Dr. Leslie Mesén, is to provide the highest level of care, using the most advanced technologies, so patients can have access to life changing therapies today. Every patient of the Stem Cells Transplant Institute can expect honesty, integrity and personalized care.
The belief that there exists an undifferentiated cell which can be programmed into another type of cell forms the basis of stem cell biology. Today, stem cells treatments have become a reality. The capability of stem cells to regenerate organs and tissues opens a wide spectrum of treatment possibilities for many diseases that were considered incurable.
There is an increasing interest in using stem cells in the treatment of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer´s disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis (OA), knee injury, osteoporosis, myocardial infarction, and multiple sclerosis for which there is no curative therapy.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are distinguished from other cell types by two important characteristics; 1. They are unspecialized cells capable of renewing themselves through cell division, and 2. Under certain physiologic conditions, stem cells can be induced to become tissue- or organ-specific cells with special functions. The primary role of adult stem cells in a living organism is to maintain and repair the tissue in which they are found.
Stem cells come from two main sources; embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Adult stem cells do not require the destruction of an embryo and their collection and use in research is not controversial. Stem cells are also classified based on where they are collected from; allogenic stem cells are collected from the same species, xenogeneic stem cells are collected from a different species, and autologous stem cells are collected from the intended recipient. Because autologous stem cells are collected from the intended recipient, rejection is virtually non-existent.
Scientists found adult stem cells in many more tissues than they originally thought enabling them to research the use of adult stem cells in transplantation. For example, stem cells collected beneath the skin can be used to develop new skin to be used as skin grafts helping burn victims. Additionally, adult stem cells from bone marrow have been used for many years to successfully treat leukemia and other bone and blood cancers.
After embryonic development, adult stem cells are found in both children and adults, throughout the body, in different types of tissue including; brain, bone marrow, blood, blood vessels, muscle, skin, fat and liver. Mesenchymal stem cells are one type of adult stem cells that differentiate into a variety of tissues including; adipose tissue, lung, bone marrow and blood. Mesenchymal stem cells are used in clinical therapy because of their ability to differentiate, promote cellular growth and survival, modify the immune system and promote tissue healing.
Benefit of Stem Cell Therapies
Stem cell therapies are expected to bring substantial benefit to patients suffering from a wide range of diseases and injuries. Stem cells offer great hope for treating disease by providing an unlimited source of cells for repairing, or replacing damaged tissue.
- Stem cells can become the specific type of cell needed to repair damaged tissue; for example, stem cells can become heart, muscle, liver, bone, cartilage or brain cells.
- They are referred to as “unspecialized” cells which means they can be removed from one part of the body and inserted into a different part of the body that is damaged.
- Stem cells contain growth factors and can accelerate healing
- Stem cells can reduce inflammation reducing pain without the need for pain medication
- Stem cells reproduce quickly and for long periods of time
The belief, that there exists an undifferentiated cell, which can be programmed into another type of cell, forms the basis of stem cell biology. Today, stem cell treatments have become a reality. The capability of stem cells to regenerate organs and tissues opens a wide spectrum of treatment possibilities for many diseases that are considered incurable including; Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer´s disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, knee injury, osteoporosis, myocardial infarction, and multiple sclerosis.