Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Heart Failure

A publication in the prestigious cardiology journal, Circulation Research, indicated that in patients with heart failure and low ejection fractions, intravenous infusion of umbilical derived stem cells was safe. Improvements in heart function, functional status and quality of life were observed in patients treated with umbilical stem cells up to 1 year of followup. Click here to view the full article

Stem Cell Therapy Could Help Heart Attack Recovery

New research on mononuclear diploid cardiomyocyte, or MNDCM, a type of regenerative heart muscle cell, shows promise for patients recovering from a heart attack. Previous research has shown that newborn mammals have a plethora of these MNDCM cells, which help them regenerate heart muscle tissue when damage occurs. However, adult mammals show a serious decrease in the number of these …

New Research Shows Stem Cells Could Help Those With Chronic Asthma

Researchers from Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute have tested a new stem cell treatment developed by Cynata Therapeutics that could help patients with chronic asthma. The study was published in the journal FASEB and reported that mesenchymal stem cells, when delivered intranasally, could reduce inflammation, normalize airway fibrosis (scarring of the lungs), reverse the signs of airway remodeling and normalize airway …

Patching Up a Broken Heart with Stem Cells

A new study shows tremendous promise for patients suffering from heart failure. The study was conducted on 27 patients whose heart failure therapy had still not resolved their symptoms and extracted their own stem cells from the thigh muscle of each patient. The extracted stem cells were then formed into a sheet and placed on each patient’s heart. Researchers then …

Evidence for Cardiomyocyte Renewal in Humans

It has been difficult to establish whether we are limited to the heart muscle cells we are born with or if cardiomyocytes are generated also later in life. We have taken advantage of the integration of 14C, generated by nuclear bomb tests during the Cold War, into DNA to establish the age of cardiomyocytes in humans. We report that cardiomyocytes …

Chelation Remains A Hopeful Heart Therapy

Maybe you know someone who has suffered a heart attack. You’re concerned about their well-being, particularly if they’re diabetic or suffered a large heart attack. You want to make sure that absolutely everything that can help this loved one stay healthy and alive is discussed with their doctors. Odds are very high, however, that there’s one promising therapy the doctor …

Zinc Deficiency Linked to Immune System Response, Specifically Inflammation

Zinc has a long history known as the mineral of the immune system. New research from Oregon State University demonstrated that it appears to affect how the immune system responds to inflammation. A zinc deficiency may play a role in chronic diseases that involve inflammation, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. I see this deficiency frequently on plasma zinc …