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Stem Cell History and Studies

What Are Stem Cells?

Simply put, stem cells are the original cell type that embryos have. Stem cells contain a genetic code that signals what the cell will become – an organ, an arm, blood, etc. The idea behind using stem cells for natural healing is that stem cells are like a clean slate. From a healing standpoint, stem cells can regenerate healthy tissue, which has led to a new specialty called regenerative medicine.

History of Stem Cell Studies and Treatments

The very first study to identify stem cells was conducted more than 30 years ago, in 1981, when British researcher Martin Evans identified them in mice at the University of Cambridge (now Cardiff University). In 2007, more than 25 years later, Evans, along with two other researchers, Mario Capechi and Oliver Smithies, were awarded the Nobel Prize for their work with genetics and stem cells.

In the late 1990s, American researchers James Thomason (University of Wisconsin) and John Gearhart (Johns Hopkins University) isolated embryonic stem cells in a lab. Because a human embryo was destroyed in the process, President George W. Bush restricted some of the research that was happening in the US in 2001. Some restrictions were later lifted by President Obama in 2009.

Since the Obama administration took office, research and stem cell treatments have appeared in headlines every year. In 2009, a study conducted by the Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland used stem cells from a woman’s placenta after her baby was born. These are called placental matrix-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which is what Dr. Meadows uses to treat patients with orthopedic conditions. The study was published in Experimental Biology and Medicine (June 2009).

In the years that followed, a trial by Geron of Menlo Park, California, used stem cell therapy to treat a spinal injury in 2010. Peyton Manning received a stem cell treatment for a spine injury, as did Rick Perry (Texas Governor) in 2011. Stem cell therapy was being used to treat blindness in 2012. By 2014, researchers from around the globe had discovered how to turn adult cells back into stem cells so that human embryos were not being destroyed. As many as 4,500 human trials are ongoing for treatment of heart disease, diabetes, neurological diseases, musculoskeletal conditions, blood cancers, and more.

Future of Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy research is promising. The FDA has not approved it and thus, insurance companies are not paying for it yet. Researchers are confident in the effectiveness and safety of the therapy, and with thousands of human trials going on, it is just a matter of time before studies show enough results to win FDA approval.

Until then, you can get this advanced treatment to help with pain and musculoskeletal injuries in South Florida at the Stem Cell Therapy Center. Let Dr. Meadows give you more details and help you determine if it is the right choice. Stem cell therapy can be arranged by calling the Stem Cell Therapy Center at South Palm Orthopedics in Delray Beach, Florida. Call (561) 496-6622 to get started or request a consultation online.

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