Month: April 2012

Transdifferentiation meets gene therapy to tackle heart disease

The leading cause of death in America and many other countries of the world is cardiovascular disease (CVD) including heart attacks and strokes. In fact, CVD kills and disables more people than most often top killers combined including cancer. The myth that CVD is a “man’s disease” only makes the situation worse as in reality CVD …

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Vitamin D: is this supplement helpful or hype-ful?

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Is Vitamin D a miracle drug or a disappointment like almost all other vitamins? Just recently there was a piece saying that Vitamin D may reduce pain. Today there was another news article saying Vitamin D may protect men against more aggressive prostate cancer. You name the condition and Vitamin D is claimed to help with …

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The real, but oft-ignored risks of adult stem cell treatments

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What’s the real story on adult stem cells? Do they really have little to no risk? As a self-proclaimed fan of stem cells, including adult stem cells, I often find myself writing and talking about them to a large, diverse audience. I’ve become a stem cell ambassador of sorts. However, I am also a realist …

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Τι είναι τα βλαστοκύτταρα

Τι είναι τα βλαστοκύτταρα; Greek. Τι είναι τα βλαστοκύτταρα; Το ανθρώπινο σώμα περιέχει εκατοντάδες διαφορετικά είδη κυττάρων που είναι απαραίτητα για την καθημερινή μας υγεία. Τα κύτταρα αυτά είναι υπεύθυνα για διάφορες βασικές λειτουργίες, όπως το να κάνουν την καρδιά μας να χτυπά, τον εγκέφαλό μας να σκέφτεται, τα νεφρά μας να καθαρίζουν το αίμα, …

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Rick Perry’s Texas two step spin on stem cells

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The Texas State Medical Board reportedly approved new rules for the use of adult stem cells. The ruling was at least in part a result of Texas Governor and former GOP presidential hopeful, Rick Perry, strongly pushing the issue. Perry himself received a controversial, non-FDA approved stem cell transplant in 2011 as part of a …

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Who discovered stem cells? The history goes way back

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In the realm of stem cell history, who discovered stem cells? Is it even possible that one scientific team all by themselves discovered something so ubiquitous as stem cells? In theory “yes”, but after much historical research including this great historical article in Cell Stem Cell, I would argue that no one group really discovered stem cells. …

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