Stem Cells & Lung Health
Stem Cell therapy is currently being investigated as a promising therapeutic approach for a number of incurable, degenerative lung diseases. The Stem Cells Transplant Institute in Costa Rica offers up-to-date information about new medical trends in a responsible and transparent manner. We want to help you open your mind to this new world of possibilities.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness, which leads to reduced lung function and eventually respiratory failure.
Using an animal model, a recent study has found that stem cell therapy can reduce lung inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis. These findings have important potential implications for the future treatment of patients.
The findings were presented in Estoril, Portugal on March 25, 2017 at the European Respiratory Society’s Lung Science Conference. Researchers used Mesenchymal Stem Cells, multipotent cells that can differentiate into a variety of cells and can be obtained from tissue such as, adipose tissue and bone marrow.
Researchers delivered mesenchymal stem cells intravenously to mice at 4 and 6 weeks of age, before collecting tissue and cell samples from the lungs at 8 weeks. They compared these findings to a control group that did not receive the MSC therapy. The results showed that inflammation was significantly reduced in the group receiving stem cells therapy. An analysis of lung tissue revealed a reduction in the mean linear intercept and other measures of lung destruction in the stem cell treated mice. Results also showed reduced inflammation in the lung and significant improvements in lung structure, suggesting that this form of treatment has the potential to repair the damaged lung.
These results demonstrate the potential effectiveness of stem cell treatment as a means of repairing the damage caused by chronic lung diseases such as COPD. The combined anti-inflammatory and reparative properties of stem cells reduces the inflammatory response and restores lung function in individuals with these kinds of lung diseases.
However, mice are not the only ones to benefit from stem cell therapy. We would like to share with you the heart-warming story of Marylin Calick, first published by Fox News Health (find this story at FoxNews.com).
Marilyn Calick has suffered from asthma for as long as she can remember, but over the past decade she has also developed a condition that causes severe shortness of breath and chest tightness, called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The lung ailment has forced 54-year-old Calick to use steroids and a rescue inhaler daily.
“You can’t get up and walk 10 or 15 feet to go to the bathroom without wheezing,” Calick, of West Hempstead, New York, told FoxNews.com.
Calick’s medications helped manage COPD, but anytime she stopped taking them, her symptoms would return.
As Calick ran out of options, she sought help from stem cell therapy. Numerous doctors in the world are using stem cell therapy to treat various diseases.
Stem cells, which can self-renew and replace damaged areas of the body, have been used in the treatment of orthopedic, cardio, autoimmune, neurological— and pulmonary disorders, like Calick’s.
For the procedure, the doctor draws fat cells from the patient’s buttocks or midsection during liposuction, and then separates the stem cells in a centrifuge. Next, stem cells are mixed in a solution, which is administered through an IV and put into a nebulizer, from which the patient inhales them.
“The ideal candidate for this procedure is someone with an early-stage [form of] COPD, so we can halt the progression of the disease,” the Doctor told Fox News.
About two-thirds of his patients see COPD relief within several weeks to about five months, and those results last for about a year.
“I could walk further. I’m not wheezing. I could go out with different friends, stand for long periods of time, and walk places,” Calick said of her condition after the stem cell therapy. “[If] someone says, ‘Oh, you’re using the elevator,’ [I say], ‘No, I’m using the stairs!”
The Stem Cells Transplant Institute in Costa Rica wants to share more stories like this. If you are a patient who suffers from COPD, do not hesitate to ask us about stem cell treatment. Your story could be the next inspiring story to be written! At the Stem Cells transplant Institute we use autologous adult stem cells obtained from adipose tissue, which minimizes the possibility of rejection. You can feel safe and confident receiving the legally approved stem cell therapy in Costa Rica.