A Healthy Diet May Lower the Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

Researchers in Australia have found a healthy diet consisting of vegetables, fish, legumes, eggs, and poultry may lower the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a chronic, immune-mediated disease, where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves).

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COPD: A Significant Cause of Morbidity and Mortality

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been related to a number of morbidities such as pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, lung cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and psychological disorders, however, the association of these comorbidities and COPD is not well understood. There has been a lot of variability in the reported prevalence for these comorbidities additionally, smoking is a risk factor for COPD and many of the associated comorbidities, making it difficult to for physicians to understand the relationship between COPD and other disease.

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Patients with Parkinson’s Disease are Using Boxing Gloves to Fight Back

Boxing gyms around the world are helping patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease fight back. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common type of neurodegenerative disease affecting an estimated 7-10 million people worldwide. The disease is characterized by a progressive loss of muscle control leading to slow movement, rigidity, resting tremor and instability. As symptoms worsen it may be difficult for individuals with Parkinson’s to walk, talk and perform simple tasks.

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Osteoarthritis is a Risk Factor for Developing Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases that causes a person to have high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood, or hyperglycemia. Diabetes is sometimes referred to as the “silent killer” because it can progress slowly and without warning. Hyperglycemia or high levels of blood sugar damage the blood vessels in the kidneys, heart, eyes and nervous system leading to heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, kidney failure and blindness.

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Why Type 2 Diabetes Increases the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Diabetes is sometimes referred to as the “silent killer” because it can progress slowly and without warning. Patients with diabetes have hyperglycemia, or high levels of blood sugar, that damages the blood vessels in the kidneys, heart, eyes and nervous system leading to cardiovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, kidney failure and blindness.

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Women with Asthma May Develop ACOS; The asthma and COPD overlap syndrome

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD, is a medical term used to describe a group of chronic, inflammatory lung diseases including; emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma and bronchiectasis. It is the fourth leading cause of death in the world.1 The main cause of COPD is long-term exposure to substances that irritate and damage the lungs. Long-term cigarette smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing COPD but additional risk factors include; exposure to second hand smoke, chemical fumes, dust, age and genetics.

Asthma and COPD are recognized as distinctly different diseases. Asthma typically starts in childhood and is associated with allergies and eosinophils versus COPD that occurs in adults and involves neutrophils. Asthma and COPD overlap syndrome, or ACOS, describes people who have both diseases.

A recent Canadian study found more than 40 percent of women with asthma will develop ACOS. Researchers in Ontario evaluated 4,051 women with asthma. The participants provided their health history and lifestyle. Through a medical database, researchers followed the health histories of the participants between 1992 and 2015. Additionally, using the participants postal code and satellite data, the research team estimated the women’s average exposure to pollution during that time.

Out of the more than 4,000 participants, 1,701 women (42%) developed COPD. Risk factors for developing COPD included lower education, being overweight, living in a rural area and smoking. Other studies have shown non-smoking women have a higher rate of COPD than non-smoking men suggesting women may be more susceptible to other COPD risk factors however; men were not included in this study so no comparison can be made. Thirty-four percent of the women that developed ACOS, and 19% of women who did not develop ACOS, died during this study.

One of the researchers said patients with ACOS suffer more exacerbations, are hospitalized more frequently and have a lower quality of life compared to patients with asthma or COPD alone.

Patients diagnosed with COPD and ACOS are at risk of developing additional complications including:

  • Respiratory infections
  • Heart problems
  • Lung cancer
  • High blood pressure in lung arteries
  • Depression

Current treatment options provide symptomatic improvement but are not curative. Conventional therapies include; a combination of pharmaceutical drugs, lifestyle changes, oxygen and as a last resort, surgery.

Stem cell therapy at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute may reduce some of they symptoms associated with COPD and may lead to a number of qualities of life improvements including:

  • Easier breathing
  • Improved lung function
  • Increased energy
  • Improved stamina
  • Reduced coughing and wheezing
  • Reduced number of infections

Stem cell therapy for patients with COPD, targets the destroyed lung tissue and cells causing the complications. At the Stem Cells Transplant Institute, the goal of stem cell therapy is to use your own healing cells to improve breathing, reduce inflammation and create an environment that is optimal for tissue repair and angiogenesis. Stem cell treatment along with lifestyle modification may help improve the symptoms of COPD.

Mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to:

  • Promote self-healing
  • Have potent anti-inflammatory capabilities
  • Modulate abnormal immune system responses
  • Prevent additional premature cell and tissue damage
  • Reduce scarring
  • Stimulate new blood vessel growth improving blood flow

Contact the Stem Cells Transplant Institute today to schedule your free consultation.

 

Reference:

Teresa To et.al., Asthma and COPD Overlap in Women: Incidence and Risk Factors. Annals of the American Thoracic Society, online July 17, 2018.

Early Treatment for Osteoarthritis is Important

A study published in July, 2018 in Arthritis Care and Research by researchers in Norway showed patients around 40 years of age have a significantly shorter walking distance when compared to same aged individuals who do not suffer from OA. In addition, the shorter walking distance appeared to be related to arterial stiffness or stiffening of the large arteries which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Arterial stiffness is a result of arteriosclerosis and inflammation plays a large role in both osteoarthritis and arteriosclerosis.

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Earlier Detection Could Mean Earlier Treatment for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. The disease is characterized by a progressive loss of muscle control leading to bradykinesia (slow movement), rigidity, resting tremor, and postural instability.  As symptoms worsen, it may be difficult to walk, talk, and perform simple tasks. Non-motor symptoms can include; anxiety, depression, psychosis, and dementia.

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What is Glutathione and How do I Pronounce it?

Glutathione, pronounced (gloota-thigh-own), is a molecule produced by your body that acts as a critical antioxidant, ridding your body of free radicals. Research has shown free radicals can damage your body’s cells and lead to aging and illness. Glutathione helps maintain cellular health, controls inflammation, and keeps the immune system functioning optimally, preventing illness. The Stem Cells Transplant Institute uses Glutathione to help maximize the efficacy of adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells.

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Stem Cell Treatment: Choosing a Qualified Specialist

Your choice for regenerative medicine and stem cell treatment has the potential to change your life. Stem cell therapy can improve your quality of life by offering relief to patients suffering from chronic pain, difficult to heal injuries, and certain chronic conditions. However, all procedures have some risk, even under the safest conditions. You have to consider what can potentially go wrong and use that information to help you pick the most qualified clinic and physician.

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Type 2 Diabetes: Are you at risk?

Diabetes is sometimes referred to as the “silent killer” because it can progress slowly and without warning. It is a common condition worldwide, but because the symptoms may present slowly or not at all, many people are not aware they have it. Once they are diagnosed, patients may still not be concerned about the disease because their symptoms are mild; however, hyperglycemia, or high levels of blood sugar, damages the blood vessels in the kidneys, heart, eyes and nervous system leading to heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, kidney failure, and blindness.

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By the Year 2030 1.2 Million Americans May be Living with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system characterized by a progressive loss of muscle control leading to slow movements (bradykinesia), rigidity, resting tremor and postural instability. As symptoms worsen it may be difficult to walk, talk, and perform simple daily tasks. Non-motor symptoms can include; anxiety, depression, psychosis and dementia.

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Three Clinical Trials Show Stem Cell Therapy to be a Beneficial Treatment Option for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

The May supplement issue of, Cytotherapy;The Journal of Cell Therapy, published the results of research presented at this year’s Annual International Stem Cell Treatment (ISCT) conference in Montreal, Canada. Researchers, from different institutions, presented the results of three separate trials showing stem cell therapy improved the pain and symptoms caused by osteoarthritis of the knee. Below is a summary of each of trial.

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Muscle Loss is Independent Predictor of Morbidity and Mortality in Patients with COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide and by the year 2020, experts believe it will be the third leading cause of death. Patients with COPD frequently suffer from muscle wasting, a medical condition that occurs when the muscle tissue in the arms and legs atrophies. Peripheral muscle loss and muscle dysfunction is an independent predictor of morbidity and mortality.

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Systemic Inflammation in Your 40’s and 50’s may Lead to Frailty in Your 70’s and 80’s

Frailty is a geriatric syndrome associated with poor health outcomes. Patients suffering from frailty syndrome are at an increased risk for falls, disability, hospitalizations, chronic disease, and death. These patients are vulnerable to a large number of adverse events. Stem cell clinics like the Stem Cells Transplant Institute in Costa Rica are using stem cell therapy to treat inflammatory diseases such as frailty.

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