Stem cell therapy for rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that mainly affects the joints. Stem cell therapy is a relatively new area of research that is showing promise in treating autoimmune conditions such as this.In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the immune system mistakenly attacks the tissue that lines the joints, which can cause pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness. This inflammation can extend to the cartilage that covers...

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First Stem Cell Therapy for Liver Failure Shows Promise in First Human Trials

A stem cell therapy developed by the Belgian company Promethera has improved symptoms, such as jaundice, in patients with acute liver failure, a condition with no effective treatments. A phase I/IIa trial of the therapy recruited 19 patients with chronic liver disease. Of these,12 patients had developed acute-on-chronic liver failure, a life-threatening syndrome where the liver suddenly stops working. The...

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Stem Cell Therapies for MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease. Your immune system attacks your central nervous system and damages your nerve fibers. That makes it hard for your brain to "talk" with the rest of your body and causes symptoms like weakness, tingling or numbness in your limbs, trouble speaking, chronic pain, depression, and vision loss. Several medications are used to treat...

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Future of Stem Cell Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Analyzed

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the many types of arthritis and is an autoimmune disorder. In patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks different parts of joints by generating cellular responses and antibodies to various tissues, including collagen, which leads to joint deterioration along with complications such as heart damage and pulmonary fibrosis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects 1% of the...

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5 Stem Cell Therapy Benefits — for Joint Pain, Heart Disease & Even Alzheimer’s

Clinical research regarding stem cell therapy benefits has grown dramatically in recent decades. The most promising thing about stem cell therapy — and similar prolotherapy treatments including PRP — is that they offer relief for patients with chronic pain and difficult-to-heal injuries, all without medications or risky reconstructive surgeries. Today researchers are also uncovering ways to apply stem cell treatments for common...

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Stem cells: What they are and what they do

Stem cells and derived products offer great promise for new medical treatments. Learn about stem cell types, current and possible uses, ethical issues, and the state of research and practice. You've heard about stem cells in the news, and perhaps you've wondered if they might help you or a loved one with a serious disease. You may wonder what stem...

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Stem cell progress: Moving from basic discovery to medical benefits

An international conference held in Madison last April offered an enticing glimpse into the future of stem cell therapies. Organized by UW-Madison stem cell pioneer James Thomson, the event showcased human clinical trials under way for cellular therapies to treat Parkinson’s disease, macular degeneration, heart failure, diabetes and spinal cord injury. One by one, the scientists reported promising data, but...

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