In a healthy individual, the immune system is supposed to kick in to fight off viral and bacterial invaders. It comes to our defense, limiting the spread of these threats and helping to reduce symptoms. However, in COVID-19 patients, the immune system seems to struggle to fight off the attacker.
A lot of attention has been paid to COVID-19 warning signs and symptoms. That makes a great deal of sense. After all, if the disease can be communicated even if you are asymptomatic, everyone must watch for even the mildest initial symptoms so that we can do our part to prevent spreading it to others in our lives. However, less attention has been paid to COVID-19 disease recovery.
COVID-19 comes with a host of symptoms. They can vary dramatically from patient to patient depending on age, preexisting health factors, and in some cases, for no discernible reason at all. However, in severe and critical cases, the majority of patients experience what is called a "cytokine storm".
COVID-19 has rapidly spread around the world. What started as a localized outbreak in China has now become a threat to humans around the world. While the virus can create an incredibly wide range of symptoms in its victims, one of the more commonly seen is shortness of breath, followed by other, more severe breathing problems.
Asthma is one of the most common health conditions in the United States. Today, it affects almost 30 million people to some degree. It’s also a very common condition within children and affects one in 12 kids in the US. Despite that commonality, asthma is a serious condition that can be aggravated by a number of things, including COVID-19.
Infection is a common occurrence across all ages and demographics. If you cut your finger and do not clean and bandage the wound, there is a good chance that it will become infected. The tissue will become inflamed and the wound will become more painful, for instance. Both bacterial and viral infections can occur, and their symptoms can be very similar to one another. It is important to understand the differences so that the appropriate course of action can be taken.
Breathing problems affect millions of people in the United States each year and countless more around the world. From COPD and asthma to bronchitis and everything in between, these individuals must live with wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and more. And the situation has only become more challenging with the rise of the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 causes breathing problems in some patients similar to what patients with bronchitis experience.
The body’s immune system is the front line of defense against bacterial infections and viral invaders like the novel coronavirus. However, the immune system is affected by a broad range of factors and conditions that may make it less than effective in fighting off attackers. Thankfully, there are numerous ways to achieve immune system improvement, potentially including stem cell therapy.
The novel coronavirus can be frightening due to its rapid spread and its ability to infect seemingly healthy people. However, for most patients, the symptoms will be relatively mild. They are usually limited to a fever and a dry cough, although patients do report a wide range of other symptoms that vary from case to case. Most people will recover from COVID-19 within two weeks or so, but some are at a much higher risk of experiencing severe symptoms, and even death in some cases. The reason for this is the way that COVID-19 affects the lungs.
The novel coronavirus has become a full-blown epidemic. It has affected every nation on the planet, and is having a serious impact here in the United States. While there has naturally been a significant focus on prevention and flattening the curve so as not to overload the medical infrastructure, there has been little information about the recovery process, what patients should expect, and the various tools and techniques that can improve someone’s chances of defeating COVID-19 in its more serious incarnations.
Potential of Stem Cell Therapy to Increase Survivability
The novel coronavirus has wreaked havoc around the world. Entire nations have shuttered their economies. Millions have fallen ill. The death toll continues to rise and with it, fear. Fear of how those most susceptible to the virus will survive given its communicability. While the situation remains serious, there is good news. Mitigating your chances of catching the virus requires simple steps that most people can do on their own without any help. Additionally, there are experimental treatments that may help increase survivability for the most at-risk within the population.
Even before the novel coronavirus introduced us to COVID-19, bronchitis was a common medical condition. It affected over three million Americans every year. The disease can range from mild to severe to life-threatening and is often tied to a viral respiratory infection, such as COVID-19.
Acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS, was a relatively rare condition until the advent of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. Prior to the global pandemic of 2020, ARDS affected fewer than 200,000 individuals per year, but that number has risen significantly.
Pneumonia is a common disease that affects three million people per year in the United States alone. However, those numbers are rising rapidly due to the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 (the disease the virus creates). Pneumonia is one of the most common outcomes of exposure to the virus.
As COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, continues its sweep across the globe, Chinese scientists are still dealing with a significant number of infections. While many patients have recovered on their own, severe cases have been confirmed. Scientists in China are now studying the potential for stem cell therapy to treat the condition.
Surgery is often the last resort for treating health conditions and diseases. Surgeons regularly perform many types of procedures each day, giving patients a chance to recover their quality of life, improve their health, and overcome adversity. However, many surgeries come with lengthy recovery periods during which you need to heal. Even seemingly minor surgeries, such as tonsil removal, come with the need to recover. Many factors can complicate recovery, too, slowing the healing process and leading to complications that must be dealt with as they occur.
The human body has amazing healing capabilities. Skin, organ tissue, bone – our cells are able to repair themselves and regenerate in many cases. The process is not perfect, of course. Scar tissue often remains behind and is thicker, less sensitive, and may even be painful. Broken bones may knit back together improperly, or the break and subsequent healing may leave the bone weaker. However, in some cases, wounds may heal poorly or not at all.
Plantar Fasciitis and Stem Cell Therapy: Hope for Sufferers
Every year, over 3 million Americans are diagnosed with a painful foot condition that limits their mobility and impacts their quality of life. Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition, and it is often treatable, although serious cases may eventually require surgical intervention.
Most of us have at least some experience with fatigue – that low-energy condition that hits us after a long day of strenuous activity. However, for some people, fatigue is not the result of overexertion or running on too little sleep, but is a chronic condition that affects their very quality of life. For those struggling with ongoing fatigue, it can be a challenge to simply get out of bed in the morning, much less be productive during the day.
What Is Fatigue?
Fatigue is the feeling of being overtired. You have low energy reserves and may experience a strong desire to sleep. Healthline explains that
Burn-type injuries are among the most common to affect Americans today. Over three million cases are reported every single year, and these are only those severe enough to require immediate medical attention. Many go unreported. Burns can be the result of encountering high heat levels, but can also be due to exposure to acid or other chemicals, electricity, and many other causes.
What Are Burn Injuries?
Burns are injuries to your body’s tissue, usually to the outermost layers of skin. However, in severe cases, the injury can extend through all layers of skin into the muscle and deep tissue. They can be first, second, or third-degree in increasing severity, and they can be caused by more than exposure to heat or hot objects.
Chronic abdominal pain affects millions of people each year in the US alone. While there are numerous potential causes, Crohn’s disease is a common underlying condition, particularly for conditions such as ileitis, which is an inflammation of the ileum. However, it should be noted that ileitis can also be caused by a bacterial infection, in which case it is not a type of Crohn’s disease, and standard antibiotic treatment will help alleviate symptoms. Other diseases can also cause ileitis. In Crohn’s-related ileitis, antibiotics will not help.
Your joints allow you to move – whether that’s throwing a baseball or just taking a stroll in the park. In a healthy body, the bones move smoothly, gliding on a cushion of cartilage. Movement is easy and without pain. However, degenerative joint diseases can change that. While there are many such diseases that afflict people, osteoarthritis, or OA, is the most common, with 27 million Americans suffering from it.
Dull hair, skin, and nails. Wrinkles and sagging skin. Reduced energy. Aches and pains in your joints. If you’re like most people, you equate these conditions with the aging process. They’re part and parcel of life – something to be endured. While that might have been true in the past, promising new techniques offer us the ability to fight back against these conditions and rejuvenate the body. There is a chance that you can gain more energy, improve the condition and feel of your skin, and even look more youthful and feel healthier.
The spinal cord connects your brain to every part of your body. This bundle of nerves begins at the base of your skull and runs all the way down to your tailbone. While it is protected by the bones of your spine, it can be injured in a number of different ways. Depending on the location of the injury and its severity, this could lead to a wide range of complications, from limited mobility to complete paralysis or even death.
Cardiovascular health-related conditions are among the most common killers in America. This includes a wide range of diseases, from heart disease to hypertension. However, stroke is one of the most frightening such conditions, as there are often few or even no warning signs. A stroke can be deadly, or it can leave individuals languishing in pain, with reduced cognitive and physical capabilities.
Your pancreas is a vital yet often overlooked organ. It does not get the same recognition as your liver, kidneys, or even bladder, yet it serves functions that are just as important. Without the enzymes produced by your pancreas, digesting food would be difficult or even impossible. Without the insulin created by the pancreas, you would not be able to control your blood sugar.
The human skeleton is the foundation on which our bodies are built. Without strong, healthy bones, it would be impossible to walk, let alone run, play sports, or dance. For many of us, bone health is something that we take for granted. However, that is not the case for everyone. Osteoporosis can rob you of your bone health and your ability to live a full, independent life without fear.
Even if you have never heard the term “myocardial infarction”, chances are good that you are familiar with the condition. Also called a heart attack, this condition kills millions of Americans every year. It is a life-threatening condition that must be caught quickly in order to prevent death and to help alleviate potential damage in individuals who survive.
Our understanding of autism continues to develop. What were once thought of as multiple conditions are today seen as different subtypes of what has become known as autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. These conditions range from mild to severe, and individuals with autism have a very wide range of strengths and challenges. Some may require assistance with daily living activities for their entire lives, while others may be able to live entirely independently.
There is no shortage of conditions and diseases that cause abdominal pain and gastrointestinal distress. From gallbladder inflammation to inflammatory bowel disease to gastritis, Americans are subject to a wide range of painful, debilitating conditions. Crohn’s disease is one of the most debilitating conditions in this category. It can cause intense pain and discomfort, and may even require surgery in severe cases.
The skin that covers our bodies plays many important roles. It helps protect our muscles, ligaments, and bones from outside invaders. It helps to hold the body together. The skin is also the body’s largest organ. A wide range of conditions can affect your skin, causing redness, irritation, pain, and even scarring. Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common skin conditions that affect people in the US today, and it’s very common in children, teens, and even adults.
All too often, we take our ability to breathe freely and easily for granted. It’s the most natural thing in the world to simply take a deep breath and feel fresh air move through our nostrils, and then down into our lungs. However, many health conditions make breathing difficult. COPD is one such medical condition. It affects millions of Americans, and can cause a dramatic reduction in quality of life.
The human body is a marvelous thing. It contains nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, organs, all of which go into making up "us". However, the body must have a way of protecting itself from invaders – viruses and bacteria, primarily, but also other potentially dangerous pathogens. This job falls to the body’s immune system.
Inflammation in the Human Body and the Role of Stem Cells in Reducing It
Inflammation – most of us are familiar with it. When you twist your ankle and it swells up, making it difficult and painful to move, that’s inflammation. When a cut on your finger becomes infected and it swells and gets hot, that’s inflammation. There are thousands of other examples. Inflammation is part and parcel of life, and in many instances, it is a good thing that defends us against illnesses.
Once upon a time, smoking was socially acceptable. More – it was recommended by just about every medical professional in the US. Times have changed, though. Today, we recognize that smoking (and any other form of tobacco use) is incredibly harmful to the body. Not only that, but we have realized that nicotine, the active drug in tobacco, is highly addictive. Some experts estimate that nicotine is even more addictive than drugs like heroin or cocaine.
A number of progressive neurological disorders can affect individuals. Two prominent examples are Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Both are markedly different from one another, but they both affect the function of the brain. Another disease that does this is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. You might be more familiar with it as Lou Gehrig disease. Discovered in 1969, ALS becomes worse over time, eventually robbing patients of their ability to use their muscles and move the body.
Addiction has been around as long as human beings, in one form or another. In fact, today’s addictions look remarkably like those of our past – alcohol, opioids, even behaviors like gambling are addictive. Until this point, addicts (those addicted to substances or behaviors) had little hope beyond sheer willpower, detoxification, and a handful of medications. Today, that is changing thanks in part to stem cell research.
Alcohol has been part of human society of thousands of years at this point. It has been celebrated as a gift from the gods, as a vital part of intercultural and international trade, and more. However, throughout that time, humans have had an uneasy relationship with alcohol. While many people are able to enjoy drinking on a social basis, for others, it becomes a problem resulting in alcoholism.
When we think about our ability to control and move our limbs, to grasp and lift objects, or to simply walk from one place to another, our muscles and bones come to mind first. That’s natural. However, none of that would be possible without your spinal cord – a part of the central nervous system running from the base of the brain to about mid of your spine and then continuing as a bundle of nerves all the way to your tailbone.
The gastrointestinal tract might not seem that complex to those with little or no medical training, but that is not the truth. It is a highly complex network responsible for supporting human health in a wide range of ways. However, a significant number of diseases can target the gastrointestinal tract, and many of them share numerous similarities, such as ileitis.
Our stomachs are responsible for digesting the food we eat, ensuring that we are able to take in the nutrients we need to live happy, healthy lives. However, a number of conditions can cause pain and discomfort in the stomach, and can even lead to a reduction in our quality of life. Gastritis – an inflammation of the stomach lining – can lead to a wide range of negative health outcomes.
The human digestive tract is very complex, and plays a number of roles in our health, wellness, and even our nutrition. Unfortunately, it is also affected by a number of diseases and adverse health conditions. Colitis is one of those, lumped into the larger group of inflammatory bowel diseases. It is often confused with Crohn’s disease. However, while the two conditions are similar, they are not the same.
Prescription medication is used every day to combat everything from sinus infections to chronic pain. In most cases, it is a blessing, allowing patients to defeat biological threats, or deal with the ramifications from injuries. However, in an increasing number of instances, prescription medication, specifically painkillers, are becoming a problem in their own right. These medications are addictive, and can be as dangerous as illicit drugs like cocaine and heroin, or even more so.
When most of us think of diseases, we immediately picture cancer or perhaps diabetes. That is natural, as these are common diseases and most of us know someone who suffers from such a condition. However, there are many less common diseases that are no less frightening for sufferers. Gastrointestinal (GI) diseases fall into this category.
The human gut is one of the unsung heroes of the body. It is responsible for a wide range of tasks, from absorption of nutrients from food to waste elimination. It is even home to a host of gut microbes responsible for helping to maintain our health and wellness. When something goes wrong with our gut, the repercussions can be dramatic, even life-altering. Such is the case with Crohn’s disease.
Addiction is nothing new. It has been around as long as there have been humans. Only the things to which we become addicted have changed. Some of those remain the same, as well. Alcohol addiction has been present as long as humans have made and consumed alcoholic beverages. Opioid addiction has been present since humans discovered the uses of the poppy. However, new addictions do arise over time, and stimulant addiction is a relatively modern thing.
Chances are good that you are at least familiar with the term "cerebral ischemia" even if you are not completely certain what it means. Most people equate it with stroke. However, while there is a direct relationship, cerebral ischemia is not stroke. It is actually the condition that leads to a stroke, or cerebral infarction.
We tend to think of oxygen as being essential to life. And it is. However, oxygen is actually corrosive – it’s what is responsible for corroding iron and for creating the patina on exposed copper. Oxygen’s corrosive effects go far beyond the world of physical objects around us. It also affects the world inside us. Oxidative stress is the term used to describe a situation in which free radicals and antioxidants within the body are out of balance.
There diseases are numerous. Alzheimer’s disease is perhaps the most talked about these days, but there are many others, all of which can have a profoundly negative impact on a person’s health and quality of life. One of those is Huntington’s disease, or HD for short, which affects 30,000 people in the US currently, with another 200,000 people at risk of developing the disease.
Since the very first human discovered spontaneously-fermented honey and water, alcohol has been an inextricable part of our history. In many ways, it has been a beneficial arrangement. Social drinking helps to strengthen bonds between friends and establish new connections with others, broadening our circles. There are even numerous studies that indicate limited consumption of alcohol can have positive effects on human health. However, there is a flip side to this particular coin. For some, consumption patterns can lead to serious issues. Binge drinking is one such pattern.
The Emerging Role of Stem Cell Therapy in Treating Psoriatic Arthritis
Over 3 million Americans each year develop psoriasis. Currently, there are tens of millions of people around the world struggling with this autoimmune-related skin condition, which usually presents with patches of raised, red, itchy skin. However, for some of those sufferers, the condition can be just the beginning. It can cause deeper issues, such as psoriatic arthritis.
Understanding the Potential Role of Stem Cells in Premature Menopause Treatment
Menopause is a natural process – it marks the end of a woman’s fertile, child-bearing years. Thankfully, for most women, this change does not come until around the age of 51. Of course, it does not occur at the same age for all women. Some women go through menopause during their 40s – this is called early menopause. For some women, it can happen even earlier. Whether this is natural, or is induced, it is called premature menopause.
Humans are a vision-oriented species. Yes, we possess five full senses, but our eyes are the most important of our sensory organs. In fact, a major percentage of our brains is allocated to processing information from our eyes. Macular degeneration is the name given to the usually slow loss of vision that affects us as we age. According to the American Optometric Association,
“Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over age 50. The CDC estimates that 1.8 million people have AMD and another 7.3 million are at a substantial risk for vision loss from AMD.”
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, over 50 million Americans suffer with some sort of food-related allergy. This could be something as deadly as a peanut or shellfish allergy, or something as common as lactose intolerance. Symptoms of food allergies and intolerances are most common in babies and young children, and some disappear with age. However, allergies can appear at any time, and can also grow worse as we age.
Our spines are responsible for our ability to stand upright, but they do so much more. Without a healthy spine, moving and even just standing can be painful or difficult. Injuries to the spine, even seemingly-minor ones, can have long-lasting, major impacts on our quality of life. Those injuries may not come from an outside source in some cases.
It seems like a new food-related bad guy comes along every decade or so. In the past, it was fat. Then it was cholesterol. Then it was carbohydrates. Today, it seems like more and more people are cutting gluten out of their diets, whether they experience any negative health effects from eating gluten-containing products or not. While removing gluten from your diet might be the current dietary fad, there are some people who have a medical reason for doing so. Sufferers of celiac disease cannot eat gluten, or they suffer a host of negative symptoms and side effects.
Lung diseases are among the most common of human afflictions, but also some of the most frightening that can affect an individual. These include everything from asthma to lung cancer. However, for a growing segment of the population, the most frightening condition is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.
The human body is a marvel of design both externally and internally. Take the joints between our long bones, for example. The knee is a good illustration, but the elbow works as well. Here, you have large, heavy bones that come together, and must work with one another to ensure motility for the appendage (the leg or the arm).
With over 200,000 new cases in America alone each year, Parkinson’s disease is a common threat. The disease can begin innocuously enough with a slight tremor in just one hand. However, it can progress from that into a disease that radically reduces an individual’s quality of life. However, that progression may be slow, or it may be very quick.
Degenerative disc disease of the neck, also called cervical disc disease, is actually a form of arthritis that affects the portion of the spine that forms the neck, down to the beginning of the thoracic spine. This condition may be unnoticed at first, but pain and discomfort will begin and then increase over time. In most cases, it is due to simple wear and tear, and the body’s inability to heal the damage caused over time.
No one is able to avoid all of the physical signs of aging. First, fine lines form, then laugh lines, and crow’s feet. Eventually, deeper wrinkles appear on our faces, foreheads, and even our arms and legs. Skin loses its elasticity, age spots develop, and our bodies begin to sag.
Every year, over 200,000 additional people in the United States are diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis – a painful condition that affects the spine. Ultimately, this condition can last for a lifetime without proper treatment, and it can be incredibly debilitating.
While relatively rare, myasthenia gravis affects millions of people around the world. Also called MG, myasthenia gravis is a condition marked by overall fatigue and weakness, as well as a loss of control over muscles. While there are treatment options available, there is currently no cure for MG, and many of the treatments available offer only limited effectiveness. However, stem cell therapy for myasthenia gravis may offer a solution that delivers much better effectiveness, and potentially a full reversal.
Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is one of the most debilitating forms of arthritis. It affects tens of millions of Americans, as well as people around the world. It’s a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect every joint in the body, but is particularly prevalent in those within the hands and feet. In some cases, RA can even affect the body’s internal organs. There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis – only treatments that offer varying levels of control over the disease and its symptoms. However, stem cell therapy may be a new, more effective solution.
Aging – it’s the boogeyman many of us fear above all others. The fear of aging, and its effects on the human body, has spawned an incredibly diverse, multi-billion dollar industry that runs the gamut from hair dye to wrinkle removing creams, and even plastic surgery. There’s a new option available that promises to be even more effective than surgery, without the need to go under the knife – stem cells.
Stem cells can be used to provide an anti-aging treatment, and may eventually help us turn back the clock on our bodies entirely, not just reduce the signs of time’s passage. What should you know about stem cells and their anti-aging capabilities?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we were able to age slowly and gracefully? Instead, it is marked with the development of lines around our eyes and mouths, with the appearance of age spots on our faces, arms and hands, with sagging, soft skin and more.
It does not have to be that way, though. Stem cell treatments promise to revolutionize the anti-aging industry, providing powerful tools for skin rejuvenation. Is this treatment option right for you, though? What should you know about it?
Tens of millions of Americans suffer from some form of lung disease. These chronic conditions rob them of their quality of life, and may eventually lead to death. While a number of treatment options can be used to slow the advance of these diseases, there is no cure. However, stem cell therapy may be able to offer a ray of hope.
Endometriosis affects millions of women around the world. It causes pain and discomfort, and for a significant number of women, it can also lead to infertility. While there are treatment options, few of these are permanent, and there is no true cure. Stem cell therapy is being researched as a potential solution to endometriosis and the pain it can cause, helping women to lead a healthier, happier life.
Atopic dermatitis, more commonly known as eczema, affects tens of millions of Americans. In fact, a population-based survey of the US found that 31.6 million people in the country suffered from the condition. While it is more common in children than adults, it can present at any age. It’s also usually a chronic condition that persists for years, or even a lifetime, and there is no cure. However, stem cell therapy may offer an alternative treatment option for suffers.
Myocardial infarction – heart attack – is no longer quite as wide-spread a killer as it once was, thanks to better medical technology, and a better understanding of how this condition arises. However, the fact is that patients who experience a heart attack are much more likely to die prematurely, usually due to complications arising from the development of scar tissue (infarct) from the heart attack. Stem cell therapy may be able to offer a way to reduce, or even reverse that scar tissue.
IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is a painful, debilitating condition that affects 1.4 million Americans. In fact, 200,000 people in the US alone are diagnosed with IBS each year. This condition affects the intestines and can result in a wide range of painful symptoms that affect an individual’s quality of life. Some patients are able to manage their symptoms through changes to their diet and lifestyle, while others may have to live with medications for the duration of their lives. However, stem cell therapy may offer hope for all IBS sufferers.
Stem cells are nothing new. Scientists, researchers and medical professionals have been using them for several decades at this point. Even the original controversy surrounding the harvesting of stem cells has died away with the ability to harvest adult stem cells from your own body, as well as the ability to harvest stem cells from umbilical cord blood and tissue.
Whether you live an active lifestyle and enjoy taking part in sports, or simply enjoy a casual stroll in the evening to help you relax and unwind, your knees play a crucial role in your ability to move. However, over time, and through natural wear and tear due to use, your knees deteriorate. Stem cell therapy for knees may be able to help.
Generally abbreviated as IC, and sometimes called painful bladder syndrome, interstitial cystitis is a painful condition that affects the bladder. It can cause pain and swelling, but it can also be difficult to diagnose, as the full range of symptoms is very wide. The condition can also present with a host of severities, and individual situations can escalate quickly. However, stem cell therapy may be able to offer patients relief from the pain and discomfort.
Autism is a broad spectrum of conditions that affect mental development, the nervous system, and often result in impaired social interaction and a reduced ability to communicate. However, autism spectrum disorders can range from very mild to severe. In all patients with autism spectrum disorder (the current nomenclature that includes a number of previously separately-diagnosed conditions) there are differences in how they communicate, interact, behave and learn.
Each year, tens of thousands of individuals in the US alone are diagnosed with a spinal cord injury. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, 17,000 new spinal cord injuries are diagnosed in the United States annually. The average age of injury 42, and most patients are male.
Hand in hand with the nation's obesity epidemic comes a diabetes epidemic. According to the American Diabetes Association, over 9% of the American population has diabetes, which translates to 30.3 million people. 1.25 million of those suffer from type 1 diabetes. The remainder have type 2 diabetes. Over 25% of American seniors have diabetes, and 1.5 million new cases are diagnosed across the country each year.
Few medical treatments today have garnered as much scrutiny as stem cell therapy. This treatment offers hope and the chance for health to patients suffering from a wide range of medical conditions, from myriad types of cancer to anemia, and everything in between. However, it has also be quite controversial, with the federal government weighing in on its use and legality.
Today, stem cell treatment is incredibly important, and much better understood than it once was. The controversy surrounding the treatment has also faded due to new techniques. What should you know about stem cells and their incredible potential?
Stem cell treatment has been a hot topic, and hotly debated treatment method, for over 20 years now. While the controversy surrounding stem cells has largely died away due to the fact that embryonic stem cells are no longer used, there remains a great deal of uncertainty regarding many aspects of this treatment option.
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a degenerative brain condition that leads to a dramatic loss in a person's quality of life. According to the Parkinson's Foundation, there are an estimated one million Americans suffering with Parkinson's disease today, and another 60,000 people are diagnosed with it every year. Worldwide, the disease afflicts an estimated 10 million people.
Symptoms of Parkinson's range from stiffness in the muscles and joints to uncontrollable shaking, eventually including difficulty or even the inability to walk and talk normally. While there are treatment methods, including medications and therapeutic surgery that can alleviate some symptoms, there is currently no cure for Parkinson's disease. Stem cell research holds great promise, though.
Aging - of all life's processes, it is the one that frightens humans the most. The thought of aging conjures up images of wrinkled, sagging skin, fragile bones, and increasing health problems. It speaks to us on an intrinsic level of our own mortality, no matter our chronological age. However, there may be a way to at least slow down the process of aging.
Alzheimer's disease is truly devastating. According to the Alzheimer's Association, the disease affects over 5 million individuals currently, and cost the nation $259 billion in 2017. Those costs are predicted to reach $1.1 trillion by the year 2050. Every 66 seconds someone develops the disease. Ultimately, one in three American seniors will die with Alzheimer's or a related condition.
Of course, Alzheimer's affects more than just those who develop it. In 2017, over 15 million Americans cared for an Alzheimer's patient without being paid for it. 35% of those who cared for a patient with Alzheimer's or a related disease reported that their own health suffered as a result.
Muscular dystrophy (MD) is not a single disease, but a collection of related conditions. These range from Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy to distal dystrophy, congenital muscular dystrophy, Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy, and more. Each condition is unique, yet they all share common symptoms and outcomes.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating disease that affects over 2.3 million people worldwide, with nearly 400,000 of those sufferers living in the United States, according to Healthline. Those suffering from MS can experience a wide range of symptoms, including pain and numbness, loss of movement in limbs and extremities, intense fatigue, blurred vision and even speech problems.
Note that MS is one of the leading causes of disability in young adults, and while there are treatments that can mitigate the severity of the symptoms, there is no cure. Stem cell research is being pursued as a possible avenue to treat multiple sclerosis.