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October 25, 2010 | Sunday Star Times
Stem cells have been used to restore vision to the blind for the first time in New Zealand.
October 21, 2010 | Telegraph

Professor Pete Coffey and his team are about to conduct the first ever test of an embryonic stem cell treatment on UK patients. He hopes the treatment will cure macular degeneration, which is the most common form of blindness among the elderly in the western world. It is unlikely this will occur before 2012, however, Prof Coffey is confident that the regulator will give approval from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

October 17, 2010 | WebMD

A recent spine cord injury patient became the first person to be treated with embryonic stem cells. The patient received Geron Corp. GRNOPC1 stem cells that were harvested from embryos left over following in vitro fertilization. The cells were donated by the parents. The study received FDA approval in 2009.

October 10, 2010 | Winnipeg Free Press

Manitoba Member of Parliament, Joy Smith, is encouraging as many Canadians as possible to become part of the national stem cell donor databank. Smith hopes MPs and other parliament staffers will get swabbed and registered. Her aim is to spread the word across the country. All it takes, she says, is a swab in the cheek. This gives you the opportunity to save a life.

October 3, 2010 | Telegraph

Diane Stuttard broke her lower left leg broken when she was hit by a car in 2001. Her fibula and tibia were shattered and she was supposed to have her leg amputated after undergoing 11 operations. Stuttard then hear about leading orthopedic surgeon, Anan Shetty, who used stem cells to save the leg of a climber.

September 30, 2010 | Physorg

A new approach has been developed to reattach teeth in the jaw using stem cells. The research and testing took place at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). This could be a major advance in the battle to fight gum disease, a serious infection that often leads to tooth loss. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, about 4/5 of U.S. adults suffer from gum disease.

September 29, 2010 | Reuters

Angiotech Pharmaceuticals and Athersys Inc. announced that heart attack patients participating in their phase I stem cell clinical trial displayed improved heart function. The treatment was tolerated well at all dosages. Patients displayed mild to moderate side effects, according to Angiotech.
Trial data indicated that patients receiving the treatment showed improvements in their heart function compared to patients receiving standard, non-stem cell care. This update of the early-stage clinical trial was based on four months of data following the treatment.

July 30, 2010 | Pr Newswire

Beike Biotechnology, one of the world's foremost stem cell companies, opened Romania's first rehabilitation center in Campina. The center, which is Beike’s first stand-alone facility, is slated to use traditional Chinese rehabilitation techniques. Physical rehabilitation – utilized by leading hospitals throughout China - is a key component of Beike's stem cell therapy protocols.

July 30, 2010 | BBC News

Skin is the largest organ in the body. It can be harvested to supply extra skin for burns victims and to grow cells that can form muscle and cartilage. However, skin might also hold the key to curing a variety of ailments with skin stem cells.
An Oxford University team announced that specially treated skin cells, known as induced pluripotent stem cells, can be manipulated to generate the type of nerve cells that die in the brains of Parkinson's patients.

July 30, 2010 | CNN Health

Scientists have regenerated the limbs of rabbits using stem cells, which provides hope to arthritis patients worldwide who need their joints replaced.
In a study published in the Lancet, researchers from the University of Missouri, Clemson University and Columbia University Medical Center, showed they had successfully regenerated rabbit limb joints using stem cells from the animals themselves.

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