Adult Stem Cells – Significant Progress Made in 2010

Looking back on 2010, I wanted to share with you a snapshot of the incredible progress that has been made this past year in terms of stem cell science and regenerative medicine.

This year enabled scientists to share their incredible findings worldwide, ranging from discoveries within their labs through to the successes of numerous clinical trials. What made these successes more relevant were the amazing stories that were told by people from all walks of life who participated in adult stem cell case studies, s/cell therapy and treatments. They have (with the help of the internet) been able to share their incredible experiences showing us first hand the benefits and progress they achieved in a very short time.

2010 was a truly remarkable and significant year for all those involved in adult stem cell science and therapy. A significant accomplishment was seeing so many benefits reach so many people, of all ages, who have such varying health challenges.

The way we look after and preserve our good health is as much an opportunity as when we need to recover from an illness, disease or injury.

No matter what your state of health or age, anyone can now benefit, whether it be taking a stem cell supplement through to those who undergo full stem cell replacement therapy (which is now becoming a daily outpatient procedure in many countries).

The “seeing is believing” articles and videos just didn’t stop throughout 2010 and these were by far the biggest validation of success we could ever ask for.

Adult Stem Cell Accomplishments in 2010

It’s been possible to bring stem cell treatments into the realms of medical practice and also into the home in terms of more basic health applications.

These significant accomplishments include:

• Adult stem cell replacement therapy.

• The banking of stem cells. Many mothers are now preserving their baby’s umbilical cord blood cells so they can be used at a later stage (if needed) to help with the treatment of diseases such as leukemia. The cells can be preserved for an average of 21 years.

• Organs being grown in the laboratory with adult stem cells. In years to come it is believed donor organs will be able to be grown in vast numbers in laboratories, eliminating the huge need for live donors and long waiting lists.

• Stem cell supplements – scientifically proven and extremely effective. These anti aging “natural” supplements activate the stem cells within our bone marrow and send them into the bloodstream where they act as a repair and renewal kit, support optimum tissue and organ function, and strengthen our immune system. Stem cell supplements are fast becoming the vital supplement that everyone can afford to take.

On 16th September 2010, Jean Peduzzi Nelson Ph.D. from Wayne State University addressed the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Jean Nelson is a neuroscientist who is doing incredible work on bringing forward adult stem cell treatments, particularly for those with spinal cord injuries, head injuries and radiotherapy damage. In her speech she referred to “the brave pioneers who first explored the potential of adult stem cell treatment. The progress of adult s/cells has now gone far beyond these particular patients (as noted below) allowing long term follow up results of numerous patients in peer reviewed published clinical trials.”

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, adult s/cells scientists and advocates faced many challenges and barriers that delayed progress (i.e. a major lack of funding, government restrictions, a lack of clinical trials and data to back up the facts). The proof is now available.

Dr Jean Peduzzi Nelson talked about several patients who have been helped by adult stem cells. These patients were part of a clinical trial and their results were published in a peer reviewed journal in 2010. A summary of these success stories are outlined below.

• Silvio had a spinal cord injury at the base of his neck (cervical level 6/7, American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale (AIS) A, complete injury. Grade A is considered the worse, which indicates a complete spinal cord injury where no motor or sensory function is preserved in the sacral segments S4-S5). Silvio was left with no movement of his legs and minimal movement of his fingers.

2 years after his injury, and after intensive rehab failed to lead to an improvement, Silvio received his own adult stem cells. Today he can maintain standing position and wave without help. With a walker and short braces, he can walk over 30 feet without anyone helping him. He can now move his fingers, which he could not do before. Combined with a special rehab program called BIONT (brain initiated non-robotic/non-weight supported training) developed by Dr Lazzeri and Dr Arcangeli, that Silvio used at Centre Giusto in Italy he learned to walk again. Dr Jean Nelson is looking to bring olfactory mucosal s/cell treatment to the people of the US with the help of the NIH and / or the Department of Defense. When adult s/cell therapy / treatments are combined with an effective rehab program for Grade A spinal cord injuries, all of the patients regained some muscle movement in their legs. These findings were documented with EMG and SSEP recordings.

• Doug Rice was told in 1998 that he had 2 years to live due to chronic heart failure after multiple heart attacks. At that time he could hardly walk. He did not qualify for any US clinical trials. Doug Rice therefore went to Thailand to have adult stem cell treatment. The cells were sent to a company in Israel where they were purified and allowed to multiply. They were then sent back to Thailand for injection. Since that time, Doug has more energy and is enjoying life. This is not an isolated incident. In 2010, an article was published in the European Journal of Heart Failure reporting the follow up of 191 patients who received s/cells from their own bone marrow compared to 200 patients with comparable symptoms. Those patients who had received adult s/cell treatment lived longer and had a greater capacity to do exercises. Their heart functioned much better based on a large number of tests (left ventricular ejection fraction, cardiac index, oxygen uptake and left ventricle contractility). This report of the STAR-heart study provides the controlled clinical trial data, and new trials are now proceeding in the US.

• Joe Davis was born with severe sickle cell anemia. Sickle cell anemia is a blood disease that affects 1/500 African-Americans. Doctors thought Joe might not live to see his teens. When Joe was 2 years old in 2002, he received a transplant of stem cells from his younger brother’s umbilical cord. Joe no longer has sickle cell anemia. So where are we now? In the US, around 72,000 people have sickle cell anemia that causes pain, chronic tiredness from anemia and severe infections, usually beginning when they are babies. In a published study last year in the New England Journal of Medicine that was supported by NIH, ten adults were treated with adult s/cells from their brother or sister. Of these patients, nine no longer had symptoms of sickle cell anemia and were doing well at 4 years after their treatment. A similar study was published in 2008 showing that 6/7 of the children with severe sickle cell anemia treated in a similar manner were without sickle cell symptoms when they were examined at 2-8 years after treatment.

• Barry Goudy was suffering from multiple sclerosis. He had numerous relapses and medication was not helping his condition. Barry was part of a study conducted at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and received his own stem cells in 2003. His MS symptoms disappeared in 4 months, and he continues to be symptom free today. Results were published last year in Lancet Neurology – 1 March 2009 (Vol 8. Issue 3, Pages 244 – 253).

• Next we have the remarkable recovery of patients who have corneal disease. Corneal disease is the 2nd leading cause of blindness after cataracts in the world. Patients had adult stem cells removed from their opposite eye and implanted into their damaged eye. The patients went from barely being able to see hand movements to normal sight in these eyes. This procedure was successful in more than 75% of the 112 patients. Some of these patients were followed for 10 years.

• Amazing progress was also made using adult stem cells in juvenile diabetes. A recent clinical trial report in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the majority of 23 patients who received adult stem cells achieved insulin independence in the 2 year follow up.

The success stories just kept coming in 2010. Captured below is just a small summary:

• Windpipes made with Adult Stem Cells Help Cancer Patients. [As reported by Colleen Barry, The Washington Post]. ROME – Italian doctors have announced the use of patients’ own adult s/cells to fabricate new tracheas for two cancer patients. To grow a new trachea, the doctors started with a donor trachea and removed all of the cells. The cartilage scaffold left after the procedure was then bathed in the patient’s bone marrow adult s/cells prior to transplantation. Over a period of 2-3 months the adult s/cells cover the scaffold with new tissue, grown within the body of the patient.

• BERLIN, November 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Doctors associated with the German umbilical cord blood bank Vita 34 say they have cured a child’s leukemia completely using an infusion of s/cells from umbilical cord blood.

• Stem Cell Spray Heals Burns. November 26th, 2010. By Ed Yeates. SALT LAKE CITY – A spray solution of a patient’s own s/cells is healing their severe burns. So far, early experiments under a University of Utah pilot project are showing some remarkable results.

• ABC News – 5 June 2010 – Mike Dunkirk described on ABC News, how VesCell adult s/cell treatment helped improve his life after suffering from heart disease

• The Herald – By Donna Sharpe. 18 May 2010 – Charlestown boy’s sight improves after s/cell treatment. A Charlestown boy is showing marked signs of improvement in sight after his first round of stem cell treatment. Connor Wink, 11, and his mother Tracey recently returned from China where he received a round of injections, which are not available in Australia. The treatment appears to have had dramatic results.

• Hospital Trials using Adult Stem Cells offer MS Patients Hope. [As reported on BBC News - Wednesday 5 May 2010]. The trials, which are thought to be a world first, are taking place at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, England. Clinical trials on six multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who have had s/cell injections have produced “encouraging” results, scientists say. The six were injected with s/cells harvested from their own bone marrow. Research found this increased nerve function by up to 20%. Professor Scolding said he was encouraged by this early study, the data from which may indicate that s/cells can stabilize MS. The team is planning a much larger trial of the technique. ‘My long-term hope is that s/cell research will be a cure for MS and will be available for everyone who is afflicted with this disease’ says Liz Allison, an MS sufferer. “A large study is required to assess the effectiveness of bone marrow cellular therapy in treating MS.

Asperger’s Syndrome Symptoms in Adults – Overcoming the Top 4 Challenges Asperger’s Adults Face

Asperger’s syndrome symptoms in adults is a topic less often discussed than Asperger’s in children — but it is an important topic because kids with Asperger’s syndrome grow up and become adults with Asperger’s. Asperger’s syndrome is a form of high functioning autism. Irrespective of whether or not an adult has been officially diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, many adults know they have it…either from the symptoms they exhibit or from informal tests that they may have seen on a web site or in a book.

Many adults did not have the opportunity to be tested for Asperger’s as a child and were never formally diagnosed. Therefore, they did not benefit from early Asperger’s treatment or intervention. In many ways, this makes it especially difficult for many adults with Asperger’s.

There are many unique challenges to being an adult with Asperger’s, from social issues to employment to feelings of self-worth. What does it really feel like to be an adult with Asperger’s disorder?

The Top 4 Challenges Asperger’s Adults Face

A survey of adults with Asperger’s revealed that the following issues loomed largest in the adult with Asperger’s syndrome.

1. Employment Issues And Asperger’s

Employment is a big issue with adults who have Asperger’s. In order to be independent in our society, one usually needs a job. A lot of adults with Asperger’s want to be independent and live on their own, but to do so they need to be able to pay the bills. And that means getting a job.

Adults with Asperger’s are usually very intelligent and capable people, but they need a compatible environment for them to be able to thrive. What they need is usually not compatible with what most work places require. They need control of their environment; co-workers talking, snapping gum, or playing the radio can drive them to distraction. The lights may be too dim or too bright; perfumes or other smells may be bothersome; and in general, there may be too much sensory stimuli in a typical workplace environment to screen out.

Then there is office politics, which is something most adults with Asperger’s have problems with, and getting along with others in general. Jobs that require working with the public have their own problems. And even getting past the interview to get the job can be a problem. This is all very frustrating to the adult with Asperger’s who just wants to prove that he can make it on his own and feel like he is contributing something to society.

2. Asperger’s Syndrome Leads To Feelings Of Inadequacy And Social Anxiety

Often times, adults with Asperger’s syndrome have to work twice as hard just to keep up with their typical peers, and often still fall behind. They see their peers getting jobs, living alone, getting married, and having an active social life, and they often feel jealous and a bit bitter if they are having problems in any of those areas. This is not to say that all adults with Asperger’s will have these issues, but often issues will crop up in one area or another. There is pressure to compare themselves to others their age, and they always find themselves wanting. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy, anxiety and depression.

They may have a job, but still be living with their parents; or perhaps they have a job and live alone, but still rely on their family for a lot of help with everyday tasks. Keeping an apartment up, cleaning, cooking, and bill paying can all pose challenges, and trying to be social out in the world takes far more energy for an adult with Asperger’s than the typical person.

3. Difficulty With Friends And Relationships

Many adults with Asperger’s want to have friends, but their lack of social savvy makes it hard to do. Their difficulties picking up social cues and social anxiety get in the way of having friendships. Romantic relationships are even more difficult. Relationships are hard even for people without Asperger’s; there is so much communication and understanding that is required; so much give and take.

These are all things that can be hard for someone with Asperger’s. They are not impossible, but they can be difficult. Adults with Asperger’s are often lonely due to problems in this area. Social groups and activities with other people who also have Asperger’s can lessen some of this loneliness.

4. Feelings Of Meaninglessness

A lot of adults with Asperger’s are just plain brilliant in some areas. They know everything there is to know about the solar system, electronics or some obscure part of history. They like to think deeply. They have things they would like to do with their lives, goals and dreams. Some of them do accomplish these goals with a lot of work. Others are not so lucky.

Sensory issues, a tendency to get easily overwhelmed, or other issues get in the way of them achieving what they would like to. A large number of adults are on disability and cannot work. Finding things to fill their time can be a challenge.

They get to a point where nothing in their life has much meaning anymore, because all they’re doing is trying to survive. They have no activities that make them feel good about themselves and their place in the world. Again, this does not apply to everyone, but there need to be more programs to address these issues.

There Are Ways To Thrive With Asperger’s Syndrome

These are four of the main areas of difficulty for adults with Asperger’s. Do not despair, however, because there are ways to address all of these issues, especially if an adult can find a support group and good counseling. The future does not have to be bleak for adults with Asperger’s. There just needs to be people and programs in their lives who are sensitive to their needs and can improve the quality of their lives. With treatment, adults can overcome the symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome and lead a successful and fulfilling life.

How Does Adult Education Works

Adult education provides adults with a better quality of education and an improved standard of living in this society. This form of education can be continued at any stage of your life. It helps people continue their education and they can be graduated with the help of nation’s various adult education centers. It ensures people to survive in a better way in these competitive societies. Adult education and literacy programs are usually funded through federal grants in most of the states.

The Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL) helps Americans improve their life standards by helping them in giving a high quality of education. It helps people survive in this much competitive society and improves their employment opportunities. National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) is another center which ensures adults to continue their education at any stage.

Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) regulates several adult educational programs for adults which provide quality education. The credit diploma program in adult education program is similar to attending the high school. Interactive technology of learning through video-conferencing or online-based learning is also available. Adult education programs are in variety and one can avail different forms and features by accessing social services. Technological and career exploration can be developed through these programs.

In general, adult education program works by providing many features like Adult Basic Education (ABE) which includes computer literacy, numerical study, family literacy, and correctional education with workplace basic skills. The National Association of Manufacturers helps in English fluency for the immigrants along with the Department of Education. NAAL also provides adult education, coordination, and project planning, along with offering intensive technical support to six different states guiding adult education and workforce training.

Adult Acne Treatments and Other Acne Solutions

One of the biggest acne-related myths is that after you are through puberty and your teenage years, it is impossible to develop facial acne; this statement could not be further from the truth. Unfortunately, adult acne is becoming more of an epidemic than it has been in the past. It is estimated that roughly one in every four adults [in the United States] suffer from adult acne. It generally is more of a widespread problem among female adults in comparison to males, but both sexes can be plagued with unwanted facial pimples.

Just because someone is an adult, doesn’t mean that acne becomes easy to deal with. In fact, a number of factors including: hereditary acne-links, hygiene, stress, and diet can contribute to the development of facial acne in adults. Fortunately, there are many great acne solutions available to treat adult acne. Acne solutions are most effective if suggested by a dermatologist due to the fact that they have much experience with acne treatment. If you are an adult, do not be ashamed to seek out a dermatologist for acne help.

Many dermatologists will be able to get the skin of acne-troubled adults looking clear within a matter of weeks. Treatment methods to eliminate adult acne may include taking an oral acne-medication, birth control pills (for women), and utilizing a prescription acne face wash. There’s no saying which treatment method will be most effective due to the fact that all acne treatments affect people differently. What may work for one of your friends or co-workers, may not be the best acne solution for you.

For adults that don’t have the time or money to seek out a dermatologist, it may be beneficial to buy an over-the-counter form of acne skin cream or face wash. There are many effective acne products that have been proven to work especially well for minor to moderate cases of adult acne. For most adults, it is a matter of doing a little experimentation to figure out what works best for their face.

If you are an adult struggling with acne or know someone who could benefit from an acne treatment product, don’t be afraid to let them know. Everyone wants to have clear skin and look sexy – including adults. Don’t let the development of adult acne lead you to believe that there is no hope for treatment. There are plenty of great ways to get adult facial acne treated; it’s just a matter of taking the action to test some.

You are not going to find a set of miracle acne solutions on the internet no matter how many search-engine searches you perform, so stop looking! If you want to clear up your adult-acne as soon as possible, you need to start testing things like: face washes, a healthier diet, dermatologist recommendations, and stress reduction techniques – just to name a few. If you keep moping around the house wishing that there was some way to cure your adult acne, you’re never going to make any progress with the treatment.

I believe it is important to reiterate the fact that if you do not take action towards fixing your adult acne problem and continue searching for acne cures on the internet, you will not make progress with the treatment of your acne. It is possible to completely clear up your adult acne find an effective acne solution. Now go out and win the battle with your facial acne by never settling for looking less than your best!

Hampton teaches people about adult acne treatments by writing articles about acne solutions and other related topics.