Topic: Stem Cells
Nashville, TN – It’s been a busy August in Tennessee! It has been a delight to visit nearly 40 different counties in the Volunteer State! Here’s a bit of what I’ve been working on lately.
In Marion County, I met with the Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative to learn how they are working on bringing broadband to unserved areas. Earlier this year, I introduced the bipartisan Internet Exchange Act, which will help improve internet access for consumers and expand rural broadband services. The sad truth is that many of our rural areas aren’t underserved–they’re unserved. It is time to change that.
Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, July 30th, 2019, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) to introduce the Patients First Act, which would promote stem cell research without the creation, use, destruction, or discarding of human embryos.
“Medical breakthroughs achieved via stem cell research need not come at the expense of innocent life,” said Senator Blackburn. “Protecting the sanctity of life and encouraging scientific research are not mutually exclusive. The Patients First Act honors both pursuits. I thank Senator Wicker, in particular, for his leadership on this issue.”
American Heart Association reports Gene Editing Technology may improve accuracy of predicting individuals’ Heart Disease Risk
American Heart Association Circulation Journal Report
Dallas, TX – Scientists may now be able to predict whether carrying a specific genetic variant increases a person’s risk for disease using gene editing and stem cell technologies, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.
For the first time, the study demonstrates the unique potential of combining stem cell-based disease modeling (Induced pluripotent stem cells) and CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing technology as a personalized risk-assessment platform for determining the disease-causing ability of a yet undescribed genetic variant, known as a “variant of uncertain significance” or VUS.
American Heart Association
Dallas, TX – A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association summarizes the state-of-the-science of genomic medicine — the study of the health effects of the molecular interactions of a person’s unique genes — for studying cardiovascular traits and disorders and for therapeutic screening.
American Heart Association says Brain Stimulation plus Adult Neural Stem Cells may speed Stroke Recovery
Los Angeles, CA – Electrically stimulating implanted adult stem cells may someday speed stroke recovery, according to preliminary research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2018, a world premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease for researchers and clinicians.
Stem cell injections are already being studied in people who are slow to recover after an ischemic stroke (clot-caused stroke).
American Heart Association reports Umbilical Cord Stem Cells show promise as Heart Failure Treatment
Circulation Research Journal Report
Dallas, TX – A heart failure treatment using umbilical cord-derived stem cells may lead to notable improvements in heart muscle function and quality of life, according to a new study published in Circulation Research, an American Heart Association journal.
“We are encouraged by our findings because they could pave the way to a non-invasive, promising new therapy for a group of patients who face grim odds,” said study corresponding author Fernando Figueroa, M.D., professor of medicine at the Universidad de los Andes in Chile.
American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report
Dallas, TX – Patching a damaged heart with a patient’s own muscle stem cells improves symptoms of heart failure, according to a Phase I clinical trial reported in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
In this new study, Japanese researchers made patches out of cells taken from the thigh muscles of patients with heart failure and surgically glued the patch onto the surface of the patients’ hearts.
Written by Dan Huot
Houston, TX – SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean Sunday, March 19th, with more than 5,400 pounds of NASA cargo, and science and technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station.
Everything from stem cells that could help us understand how human cancers start and spread after being exposed to near zero-gravity, to equipment that is paving the way toward servicing and refueling satellites while they’re in orbit will be on board.
Hard to treat Chest Pain may be improved with a Patient’s own Stem Cells according to American Heart Association
Phoenix, AZ – A non-surgical treatment that uses a patient’s own bone marrow stem cells to treat chest pain or angina improved both symptoms and the length of time treated patients could be physically active, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Basic Cardiovascular Sciences 2016 Scientific Sessions.
Angina is chest pain or discomfort caused when the heart does not get enough oxygen-rich blood due to narrowing or blockages in the arteries leading to the heart.
Dallas, TX – Researchers have shown for the first time that stem cells injected into enlarged hearts reduced heart size, reduced scar tissue and improved function to injured heart areas, according to a small trial published in Circulation Research: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Researchers said that while this research is in the early stages, the findings are promising for the more than five million Americans who have enlarged hearts due to damage sustained from heart attacks. These patients can suffer premature death, have major disability and experience frequent hospitalizations. «Read the rest of this article»
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