Stem cell therapy is neither new nor unproven. On the contrary, stem cells have been used for multiple therapeutic purposes with great success for over 70 years. Not only are they used to treat cancer and blood-related diseases (an application of which most of us are familiar), they have been — and continue to be — rigorously studied and used in other treatments and for other purposes, as well. And while perhaps not as well-publicized as bone marrow transplants, these analyses and uses certainly have the potential to offer similar positive, life-altering effects. In addition to curing many types of blood disorders, stem cells are being harvested and utilized to promote better understanding of basic human development, genetic defects and disease, as well as to encourage endogenous repair, cellular regeneration, drug discovery and more; it’s an exciting era for medicine, with ongoing research and advanced technologies only opening the door to cellular regeneration wider than it’s ever been. Let’s take a look at some significant research regarding stem cells and what it signals:
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Evidence that Stem Cells Have the Ability to Repair and Regenerate Tissue
Scientists use research to ask a question, theorize an answer and test it to see if their hypothesis is right or wrong. From there, they make a conclusion. In this way, science has proven that stem cells have the ability to repair and regenerate tissue. The following are just three stem cell studies verifying this:
Published in Stem Cell Investigation, July 2019, by Nassim Rajabzadeh, Ezzatollah Fathi and Raheleh Farahzadi.
Published in Biomaterials Research, December 2018, by Seong Gyu Kwon, Yang Woo Kwon, Tae Wook Lee, Gyu Tae Park and Jae Ho Kim.
- Mesenchymal Stem Cells as Promoters, Enhancers, and Playmakers of the Translational Regenerative Medicine
Published in Stem Cells International, February 2017, by Rokhsareh Rohban and Thomas Rudolf Pieber.
Furthermore, many distinguished institutions, such as Harvard University, have founded research institutes comprised of faculty and partner labs that work to advance stem cell science and regenerative medicine. You can read about the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and its work here.
Evidence that Stem Cells Can Reduce Inflammation
There are also many studies to suggest that stem cells are capable of reducing inflammation:
Published in Advances in Wound Care, September 2013, by William J. Ennis, Audrey Sui and Amelia Bartholomew.
- Mesenchymal stem cells for the management of inflammation in osteoarthritis: state of the art and perspectives
Published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, November 2015, by Y.-M. Pers, M. Ruiz, D. Noël and C. Jorgensen.
And just last October, researchers at Duke University published their own stem cell study that gives insight into how mesenchymal stem cells suppress inflammation and provides groundbreaking evidence for the clinical application of stem cells when treating inflammatory disease.
Evidence that Stem Cells Have the Capacity to Alleviate Pain
Here at ThriveMD, we treat a lot of patients with debilitating pain. And, of course, many patients wonder if stem cells can alleviate their pain. Evidence says they can:
Published in The Korean Journal of Pain, October 2019, by Yong Hee Han, Kyung Hoon Kim, Salahadin Abdi and Tae Kyun Kim.
- Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived GABAergic interneuron transplants attenuate neuropathic pain
Published in Pain, February 2020, by John Manion, Thang Khuong; Dylan Harney, Jamie B. Littleboy; Travis Ruan, Lipin Loo; Michael Costigan, Mark Larance, Leslie Caron and G. Gregory Neely.
Additionally, a team from Stanford University released findings from their own stem cell study this past fall that corroborates the effectiveness of using stem cells to treat pain, allowing them to move forward to clinical trials.
Ready to Learn More?
Stem cell studies and clinical trials pave the way for the pioneering work being done in the field of regenerative medicine. To learn more about the science behind stem cells and how they can be used to shed light on human development, disease, drug discovery and cellular repair and regeneration, please contact our staff here at ThriveMD. Our medical team keeps abreast of the latest stem cell studies, with our medical director even frequently contributing to them. We can help you or a loved one navigate the breadth of information regarding stem cells and determine if stem cell therapy is a viable treatment option.