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Cardiovascular

The Benefits of Allogeneic Mesenchymal Stem Cells for the Treatment of Cardiovascular and Neurodegenerative Disease

Mesenchymal stem cells are multipotent stromal cells that have the ability to differentiate, or become, a variety of cell types, including bone cells, cartilage cells, fat cells, and muscle cells. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are ideal for treating many kinds of injuries and disease, and can be derived from many different kinds of tissue including; bone marrow, adipose tissue, cord blood and cord tissue. Studies have been conducted using MSC derived from each of the different types of tissue and there is a lot of debate about what type of MSC is best for the treatment of different conditions. Most research has been conducted with MSCs derived from bone marrow and these cells have become the “gold standard” when discussing stem cell therapy. However, researchers are learning more everyday about the different properties of MSCs depending on what type of tissue they are derived from and there are many factors

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Diabetes

Study Shows Women More Likely to Suffer from Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

A recent study, evaluating vitamin D deficiency in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), found women are at significantly greater risk than men of suffering from peripheral neuropathy. Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because it is produced by the body in response to exposure to sunlight. The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can be similar to the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy including; numbness, tingling, chronic pain, lack of coordination and falling, muscle weakness, and changes in blood pressure. Study Design With the similarity in symptoms, researchers hypothesized vitamin d deficiency may be associated with neuropathic pain in patients with DPN. Investigators enrolled 239 patients with type 2 diabetes. The cross-sectional study enrolled patients with type 2 diabetes from the outpatient endocrinology clinic at the King Abdullah University Hospital in Jordan, between January and December 2017. Researchers measure neuropathic pain, serum vitamin D levels, fasting blood glucose and

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Diabetes

High Healthcare Costs Associated with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Research results published in Neurology; Clinical Practice, found adult patients diagnosed with painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy, had the highest total health care costs across all aspects of healthcare, making diabetes the most-costly health condition in the United States. Diabetes is the number one cause of peripheral neuropathy damaging nerves in the arms, hands, feet, legs, and internal organs. Painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy affects up to one-third of patients diagnosed with diabetes and is associated with a significant reduction in overall quality of life, increased anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, and difficulty walking. The purpose of the study published in May, 2019, was to “quantify healthcare resource utilization and risk of complications” in patients diagnosed painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy. https://cp.neurology.org/content/early/2019/05/24/CPJ.0000000000000671 Study Design Between January 2010 and December 2015, Adult patients diagnosed with diabetes or diabetic peripheral neuropathy were identified using MarketScan. (MarketScan is a health research database that includes commercial private medical

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Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy Shown to Impair Driving Performance

Researchers in the United Kingdom found peripheral neuropathy impaired a motorist’s ability to drive a car and put the driver at greater risk of losing control of his or her vehicle.1 The good news is, with practice, the drivers were able to improve their skills. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/dme.13957 Note: Despite all advances in stem cells research and the application of these therapies in many countries all over the world, stem cells therapies are not legally approved yet in San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Jacksonville, Seattle, Houston, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Miami, Beverly Hills and other US cities. However, stem cell treatments are legal in Costa Rica.

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