Adult Stem Cell Therapy Blog

Following on from yesterday's article . . .

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - Stem Cell Guru

Interesting stem cell stories are often like buses . . . . you wait an age for one to come along and then several do all at once. Yesterday, I mentioned an article on new research which has been conducted in Austria regarding adult stem cell teatment for incontinence

However, it also appears that very simliar treatments are being developed elsewhere. One site being the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in the USA. (Incidentally, this is also home to a center for Cardiac Cell Therapy which is recognised world wide as a leading establishment in researching stem cell therapy for heart disase.)

The new study indicates that an injection of stem cells from a patient's own muscle can help restore control of a leaky bladder.

Stress incontinence symptoms improved in five out of seven women who got the experimental treatment, said senior investigator Dr. Michael Chancellor, a urologist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. None of the women had serious side effects. According to Dr Chancellor, the aim o the treatment was simply "We just wanted to prove that it's feasible and safe, and to find improvement was terrific. It's like a bonus."

In the protocol, a pea-sized biopsy of thigh muscle was taken from each participant. The sample was sent to Pittsburgh, where the stem cells were isolated and grown and finally, about 20 million cells were then sent back to Toronto to be injected into the patient.

The full article can be found here.


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