Author: Mira Swave MD

How to Treat Your Neck Pain For Long-Term Relief

Your neck connects your head and your torso, which means it plays a critical role in the overall function of the upper body and health of your spin. A neck injury can completely disrupt your daily life and obstruct even simple daily tasks. So, how can you seek long-term relief from neck pain without relying on painkillers or surgery? The answer can be found in regenerative medicine. What Causes Chronic Neck Pain? The neck is a bundle of nerves, bones, joints, and muscles that are controlled by the brain and spinal cord combined. This makes the neck very vulnerable...

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Mini Lungs Developed to Help Scientists Study Respiratory Diseases

Researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center have developed mini lungs or organoids in the laboratory to help study respiratory diseases. The 3-D structures closely mimic adult-sized lungs and have been created from pluripotent stem cells to serve as models of lung diseases in the laboratory. The findings were reported in Nature Cell Biology. Mini Lungs Developed to Help Scientists Study Respiratory Diseases The 3-D organoids contain the various types of cells found in human lungs and they resemble the full-sized organs in both look and function. These mini lungs, therefore, can be used to study human respiratory diseases,...

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Harvard Scientists Say Lab-Grown Stem Cells Must Be Screened

A team of researchers at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, working in collaboration with investigators at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, has identified the gene mutation that leads to uncontrolled cell division and tumor formation in some stem cell lines. The Harvard scientists say the findings suggest the need to screen lab-grown stem cells for such mutations. Cancer Risk with Stem Cell Therapy The research indicates that indiscriminate use of stem cell therapies could lead to an elevated risk of cancer in patients receiving stem cell transplants. The team identified acquired mutations in p53, a gene that...

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Gene Editing Technology May Help Fight Arthritis

Researchers have used gene-editing technology and stem cells modified for autonomous regenerative therapy (SMART) to help fight arthritis. Arthritis and many other chronic conditions are associated with inflammation. The idea is to replace arthritic cartilage in the affected joints with stem-cell-produced cartilage and a biological anti-inflammatory agent. New Research into Arthritis Therapy Investigators at the Washington University School of Medicine and the Shriners Hospitals for Children in St. Louis have collaborated with researchers from Cytex Therapeutics and Duke University in Durham, NC. Initially, the team took the skin cells of mouse tails and created stem cells from these in...

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Stem Cell Technologies Help Discover New Targets for Chlamydia Drugs

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have collaborated to create a novel technique that will allow scientists to observe the interaction of chlamydia with the immune system in humans. Chlamydia Trachomatis: An Overview Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection. More than 130 million people are infected with chlamydia each year. This so-called “silent disease” does not produce any early symptoms, but without treatment may lead to PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) and infertility. In 2016, the World Health Organization issued new guidelines for the treatment of chlamydia, keeping in mind the increasing...

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