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stem cell hospital infection treatment

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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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.