CURRENT STEM CELL NEWS

1. Autologous stem cells need to be modified before transplantation in heart failure patients- says study

Researchers have identified that even patient's own stem cells when used for treating cardiac disease, the stem cells may not be very effective and also may develop inflammatory properties which can cause further heart damage. Hence these stem cells need to be modified before transplantation Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

2. Cell free Nano-medicine based approach to treat multiple sclerosis

LIFNano is a novel treatment which uses a stem cell protein called LIF to be delivered across the blood brain barrier using nanotechnology and this treatment will be helpful in neurodegenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

3. Grape-seed extract to kill colon cancer stem cells

A study in rodents has proven that grape seed extract is effective in killing colon cancer stem cells which are the main players behind chemotherapy and radiotherapy resistance of these cancers Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

4. Brain stem cells have distinct regional identity- proves study

It has been identified that hypothalamus which is situated in the brain gives specific signals based on inputs from different parts of the brain which in turn can help the SVZ region to give rise to specific brain stem cell populations dependant on the need Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

5. Miniature eyes developed in the lab

Human pluripotent stem cells have been used to generate corneal organoids which are eye like structures that gave rise to the different layers of the cornea in the lab. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

6. Electric currents to potentiate neural stem cell therapy

When electric current was administered to human neural stem cells injected into rats' brains, the cells could be precisely guided to target areas and could differentiate into the cell needed. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

7. Changing gene positions can alter cell activity- reports study

A study which has studied gene organisation in individual cells in detail has reported that gene position is not always constant and moving genes could help the cells to respond to change. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

8. Origins of relapse in Leukemia traced to rare stem cell population

Long-term survival being poor in leukemic patients with most getting relapse has been now found to be due to the presence of rare therapy resistant stem cells which are present from the time of diagnosis. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

9. Novel Stem cells for treating asthma

iPS derived and mesenchymoangioblast-derived mesenchymal stem cells when injected intranasally has been found to reduce inflammation and completely normalise the infalmmed airway in asthma in mice. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

10. Hormone based growth of plant stem cells explored

New understanding of how cytokinin works to make plant stem cells grow shoots under conditions in which they do not normally grow will lead to improved agriculture tissue culture under conditions in which these plant organs normally do not form. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

Really???

1. Chocolates are good for your brain. Yes, scientists have found that daily intake of cocoa flavanols improves the cognitive performance by increasing the cerebral blood volume in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus.
 -Source: ScienceDaily, 29 June 2017 and Frontiers in Nutrition, 2017; 4

2. A scientific study has established that children with higher IQ tend to have a longer life due to lower risk of major causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, smoking related cancers, respiratory disease and dementia.    
-Source: ScienceDaily, 28 June 2017, BMJ, 2017; j2932 and BMJ, 2017; j2708

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