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Stem Cell Therapy for (Nosocomial) Resistant Bacteria

According to recent studies, about 15% of hospital patients suffer from nosocomial infections.

So, what is a nosocomial infection, and what does it have to do with stem cells, you ask?

A nosocomial infection is any infection that was contracted by a patient during their hospital stay. In other words, the patient was admitted to the hospital for a reason other than the newly acquired infection.

You could call them, “Hospital-aquired infections.”

Nosocomial Infections May Be Resistant to Antibiotics

These infections can be serious, resistant to antibiotics, and stem cells may play a key role in treating them in the near future.

These nosocomial infections affect patients in both developed and poor countries, and are significant causes of death among hospital patients.

Common nosocomial infections

The most common nosocomial infections are infections of surgical wounds, urinary tract infections, and lower respiratory tract infections. and infection rates are higher among elderly patients and those who have an underlying disease or are undergoing chemotherapy.

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Treating Blindness: Vision Restoration w/ Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells and vision restoration – “I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind, but now I see” – Amazing Grace

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trust me, I’m the Messiah

What could be a more powerful part of how we define ourselves and our world than our eyesight? You can imagine how losing your vision would profoundly change your very perception of the world.

The idea of restoring sight to the blind, literally and metaphorically, has fascinated us for eons. While Jesus used good old-fashioned spit and dirt to heal the blind, scientists now see promise in restoring vision with stem cell therapy.

Macular degeneration

Last year scientists successfully restored sight to a blind person who suffered from a disease called macular degeneration, which is the most common cause of vision loss in older adults. Macular degeneration affects our central vision, which is crucial to everyday tasks like driving or reading a book. The disease can progress slowly, or rapid vision loss, and there are currently no treatment options available for age-related macular degeneration.

How can you treat blindness or restore vision with stem cells?

In this type of stem cell therapy, scientists inject about 3 drops of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells grown from embryonic stem cells under a patient’s retina, which is detached for the procedure.

The RPE cells helped to repair and replace damaged photo-receptors in the retina which are vital to eyesight and light detection and pass information to the brain.

The Boston-based company, Advanced Cell Technology, which performed the procedure have yet to publish complete date from the trials, but plan on moving forward with advanced trials with dozens of participants in the near future.

If proven to be safe and effective, you can imagine the promise that stem cell treatments could provide to restore vision, including the nearly 200 million older adults who suffer from macular degeneration.


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Fetal Stem Cell Treatment: Offering Hope for Babies With Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is a condition in which the baby’s spinal cord doesn’t close properly during a pregnancy. It’s two words that soon-to-be parents don’t want to hear during an ultrasound, (I’ve heard it myself) and it’s one of the main reasons women are told to take prenatal vitamins with folic acid.

Fetal Stem Cell Treatment for Myelomeningocele

The effects of spina bifida range in severity, but cause varying degrees of cognitive, urological, (incontinence) and motor disabilities. The most common form of spina bifida is called “myelomeningocele,” in which the spinal cord emerges through the back, pulling brain tissue into the spinal column. With myelomeningocele permanent shunts are needed to drain fluid around the brain.

Fetal surgery + stem cell treatment for spina bifida

While fetal surgery for spina bifida revolutionized treatment by improving brain development, it largely came up short in helping to benefit motor function. The landmark Management of Myelomeningocele Study showed the effectiveness of fetal surgery for brain development, but most children treated were still unable to walk independently at 30 months of age.

However, new research from UC Davis Health System suggests that fetal surgery combined with stem cell treatment offers hope of a cure for spina bifida before birth.

Promising Results Treating Spina Bifida in Animals: Fetal Surgery + Stem Cell Treatment

In a recent study 12 lambs with spina bifida were given standard fetal surgery, while half of the group also received stem cell treatment.

The six animals who received the stem cell treatment showed noticeable improvement compared with the control group. All 6 animals treated with the additional stem cell therapy had the ability to walk without noticeable disability in the hours after birth.

This, of course, has led doctors to believe that such promising results in animal testing can also benefit human babies diagnosed with spina bifida as well.

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Stem Cell Therapy and Robitussin: Don’t Get Duped

Thoughts on Stem Cells and Robitussin: When a new medicine or product offers great hope, it also attracts attention from the dark, shadowy places of society. This is the case, to a degree, with stem cell research. While showing success and promise in areas like treating certain blood and auto immune diseases, the internet is now full of dubious healing power of stem cells.

After a recent google search for “stem cell therapy” revealed treatments for baldness, or larger breasts, I couldn’t help but think of Chris Rock‘s famous routine where he lauded the miraculous benefits of Robitussin while growing up:

¬†“Daddy, I got asthma… Robitussin”

“I got cancer… Robitussin!”

I broke my leg, Daddy poured Robitussin on it.

“Yeah, boy, let that ‘Tussin get in there… Let that Tussin get on down to the bone! The ‘Tussin ought to straighten out the bone, it’s good!”

Although I’m making light of these empty promises, the sad truth is that these irresponsible promises can actually lead to loss of more than just money. You don’t have to look far to hear stories of people who went to Asia to be treated with stem cells for something like ALS, only to die months later.

Any responsible search for the miraculous healing power of stem cells, should also be accompanied by validation from clinical trials, or data from trusted sources like the Mayo Clinic, or Web MD.

So, what’s the lesson here? While Robitussin does treat a cough, it won’t help with your sprained ankle.



*Equal due diligence is recommended before starting a diet. While you’re pretty safe with Weight Watchers Online or NutriSystem, there seems to be a new trendy (and potentially dangerous) diet developed and marketed every week online!