Research & Development
The research and use of stem cells has come a long way since 1961, when scientists first “published a study that accidently identified cells that are able to renew indefinitely for a variety of uses” (Lanza, 2014)1. Today, the stem cell sector has grown exponentially with over 210,000 scientific peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals.
Research has advanced significantly throughout the years where scientists and physicians have been able to use stem cells in special therapies in order to treat specific diseases and injuries. Some disorders and diseases that are currently being treated by using stem cells are:
- Chronic Inflammation
- IBD (Irritable Bowl Syndrome)
- Sports Injuries
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Cardiovascular disease
- Diabetes Type I & II
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Myasthenia Gravis Disease
Today, stem cell research continues advancing; with many universities, private laboratories and federally funded organizations performing studies and clinical trials, the future of more therapies is looking promising. Currently, there are over 4,500 clinical trials being performed. Some of the clinical trials include therapies for diabetes, Alopecia Areata (an autoimmune disease), Graft-versus-Host Disease, Multiple myeloma (Kahler’s disease), Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin disease, non-healing bone fractures, etc. To explore more about current clinical trials visit ClinicalTrials.gov.
Stem cells are also being considered for anti-frailty and cosmetic applications. Currently, physicians and estheticians are able to reintroduce, by injection, stem cells into fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots on your skin in hopes of returning the collagen and elasticity and improve the skin’s appearance.
Just imagine the possibilities of all the therapies in the future, whether for general health or for anti-frailty. One day we may no longer need to go “under the knife” and we can have faster and more improved recoveries.
- Lanza, Tyler. (2014, January 1). Stem Cell Research Timeline. Retrieved July 10, 2014, from http://www.stemcellhistory.com/stem-cell-research-timeline/