Monthly Archives: May, 2014

MS Mice Regain Ability to Walk After Stem Cell Therapy

Multiple sclerosis is an often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts information between the brain and the body. Now, in mice crippled by a similar autoimmune disease, scientists have shown that they were able to walk and run after their spinal cords were implanted with human stem cells. The researchers – from […]

Patient Stem Cells Used to Make ‘Heart Disease-on-a-Chip’

Harvard scientists have merged stem cell and ‘organ-on-a-chip’ technologies to grow, for the first time, functioning human heart tissue carrying an inherited cardiovascular disease. The research appears to be a big step forward for personalized medicine, as it is working proof that a chunk of tissue containing a patient’s specific genetic disorder can be replicated […]

Daughter Donates Corneal Stem Cells to Give Mom Better Vision

Debra Astrug was struggling. She couldn’t read or drive, she worried about crossing the street to get the mail, and she couldn’t draw. “I’m an artist, and I couldn’t draw. I couldn’t at all,” said the 57-year old Elgin woman, whose vision had been deteriorating for six years, becoming blurry as the result of graft […]