Deb Speights

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Intestinal Stem Cells: The Key To Making Cancer Treatment Less Deadly?

If new research tested in mice pans out for humans, there may soon be a way to keep radiation and chemotherapy from killing a cancer patient before they can kill the tumor -- and the key lies in the gut.<p>Researchers from the University of Michigan found a way to boost stem cells in the intestines by …

What Does It Mean When Athletes Get 'Stem Cell Therapy'?

<i>Media cheerleading is misleadingly legitimizing the booming "stem cell tourism" industry.</i><p>Peyton Manning [JohnGress/Reuters]<p>One could argue that stem cell research is currently the most promising area of biomedical research. It is no surprise that this year's Nobel Prize in Medicine went to a duo …

Banking stem cells in the hope of a lifesaving cure

Forget about cash -- start banking your body.<p>Using a technology that echoes science fiction movies, a French company is offering people a "bank" to store their own stem cells for years in a bet that those cells may be used to grow replacement organs and possibly save their lives someday.<p>"It's a …

A Human Stem Cell Has Been Cloned For the First Time

Almost two decades ago, scientists succeeded in cloning Dolly the sheep. Now, the same process has been allowed scientists to clone embryonic stem …

2013: Year of the Stem Cell

<i>Researchers have already safely injected stem cells into patients with neurodegenerative diseases and spinal cord injuries -- and they've seen the potential to vastly improve lives.</i><p>Knut Olstad in August 2011, 20 minutes before the accident that left him paralyzed below the waist<p>Marcus Hilton has …

Painkillers mobilize blood stem cells

Aspirin-like drugs could improve the success of stem-cell transplants for patients with blood or bone-marrow disorders, a study suggests. The …

Stem Cells

Obama's Stem Cell Policy Hasn't Reversed Legislative Restrictions

President Obama may have abolished contentious Bush-era restraints on federal funding of stem cell research on Monday, but a legislative obstacle still remains for scientists seeking more money.<p>A spending bill that Obama signed on Wednesday explicitly bans federal funding of any "research in which …

Researchers Create Cells That They Say May Be Equivalent to Embryonic Stem Cells

In papers published online Thursday by two scientific journals, separate teams of researchers from Beijing and Shanghai reported that they had for the first time created virtual genetic duplicates of mice using skin cells from adult animals that had been coaxed into the equivalent of embryonic stem …

Scientists Grow Human Brain From Stem Cells

Ear, eye, liver, windpipe, bladder and even a heart. The list of body parts grown from stem cells is getting longer and longer. Now add to it one of …

Adult (Fetal) Stem Cell Trial for Spinal Cord Injury Presents New Ethical Questions

Neural stem cells from fetuses have received permission for human trials. From the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> story:<p>StemCells, Inc. announced today that the …

Packaging stem cells in capsules for heart therapy

In many studies of stem cell therapy for heart disease, most of the cells wash away in the first hour. Researchers encapsulate mesenchymal stem cells …

Adult stem cells help build human blood vessels in engineered tissues

Researchers have identified a protein expressed by human bone marrow stem cells that guides and stimulates the formation of blood vessels. Their …

Sickle Cell Disease

Wednesday 19 June 2013 marks the 5th annual World Sickle Cell Day, created to raise global awareness of sickle cell disease and its serious impact on …

Sickle Cell Anemia Is On The Rise Worldwide

Sickle cell anemia may not be as well-known as, say, malaria, tuberculosis or AIDS. But every year, hundreds of thousands of babies around the world are born with this inherited blood disorder. And the numbers are expected to climb.<p>The number of sickle cell anemia cases is expected to increase …