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Treating Raynaud’s Syndrome with Stem Cell Therapy

Raynaud’s Syndrome also called Raynaud phenomenon (RP) is a poorly understood condition that can cause many people distress. Because RP is poorly understood, the treatment options are relatively limited. Newer research into stem cell treatment is shedding light on a new, effective therapy for RP. While more research needs to be done for this treatment option to become the gold standard, stem cell therapy remains a viable management option for RP. Read more below to learn more. Raynaud’s Overview Raynaud is a condition in which a person experiences vasospasms in their extremities, often their fingers, triggered by cold temperatures or emotional responses. It can stand alone, called Primary RP or Raynaud disease, or occur in conjunction with other symptoms, called Secondary RP or Raynaud syndrome. Primary RP has no identifiable cause but results in vasospasms of the arteries and arterioles in the fingers. Secondary RP may be caused by medications,

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MRI can Predict Efficacy of Stem Cell Therapy after Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury is a dreaded medical condition. The consequences can be minor or severe, like paralysis or cognitive deficits. There are very few treatment options for people recovering from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Scientists, therefore, have been researching stem cell therapy as an option. One new study found that MRI may predict the efficacy of stem cell therapy for TBIs. Details of the Study The study published in Cell Reports was done by scientists at Sanford Burnham Presbys Medical Discovery Institute and Loma Linda University Health. They used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a biomarker for the success of stem cell treatments. An MRI is a particular type of imaging modality that is adept at showing the details of the soft tissue of the brain. While this study was done on rats, scientists hope to use it to predict the success of stem cells on newborns with perinatal

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Stem Cells and the Coronavirus

The Coronavirus still has no cure or vaccine in sight. Some people have resorted to untested medical treatments, like combining different respiratory medications. Others have turned to homeopathic remedies. Many people have wondered about the effectiveness of stem cells on coronavirus. To date, the science is murky. The Immunology of the Coronavirus Understanding virology is the foundation of understanding how to combat the virus. The coronavirus is an enveloped, linear, single-stranded RNA virus with a helical capsid. Most often, it causes the common cold, but it has also been also responsible for larger outbreaks. While COVID-19 is its newest rendition, older pandemics caused by the coronavirus include Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). It is transmitted through respiratory secretions. For example, when someone coughs, the virus passes from their respiratory tract into the air or onto their hands. It can then be passed into someone

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Stem Cell Therapy Helps Paralyzed Man Regain Function

Kristopher Boesen’s life changed just before his 21 st birthday. Kristopher, who goes by Kris, was in a car on a wet road. The driver lost control of the vehicle when it fishtailed on the wet road, hit a tree, and then hit a telephone pole. Kris was left with a cervical spine injury and was thought to be permanently paralyzed from the neck down. Fortunately, stem cell therapy helped him regain the function of his arms. Spinal Cord Injury In order to fully understand the extent of Kris’ injury, it is first important to understand how neuroanatomy works. The spinal cord contains all of the neural information between the brain and the rest of the body. It tells the body how to move, and takes feedback about temperature, pain, touch, position, and many other things. It serves as a highway for communication. With any type of spinal cord injury,

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