MD Stem Cells and Stem Cell Treatments
MD Stem Cells is a consultancy providing information, education, facilitation and access to advanced Stem Cell and Alternative Medicine treatments in the United States and Europe.
We are now Collaborator and Study Director for the Stem Cell Ophthalmology Treatment Study or SCOTS - the largest and most comprehensive stem cell eye study registered with the National Institutes of Health. Please see the NIH website www.clinicaltrials.gov Identifier NCT 01920867. SCOTS is now recruiting and accepting patients.
Conditions eligible for the SCOTS trial include retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), myopic macular degeneration, hereditary retinopathies such as Retinitis Pigmentosa and Stargardts, as well as selected inflammatory, vascular and traumatic conditions. Optic nerve diseases considered eligible include glaucoma, ischemic optic neuropathy, optic atrophy, optic neuritis and some trauma. The study is focused on the ocular tissue that has sustained damage and its potential for improvement rather than a specific disease entity.
MD Stem Cells and its staff do not provide medical evaluation, diagnosis, advice or treatment but rather act to connect interested patients with leading physicians and centers of excellence. We encourage you to carefully review the material presented and, should you have interest, complete the Contact Us form and we will be in touch shortly.
What is a Stem Cell ?
As you review the stem cell research you will come
across different types of stem cells including embryonic, fetal, induced
pluripotent, umbilical cord and adult stem cells. What are stem cells ? First we need to understand that a cell is the smallest functional unit in a particular tissue or organ. It acts like that particular tissue- for example a neuron is a single cell that functions to transmit information in the nervous system, a photoreceptor is a single cell in the retina that can react to light, a retinal pigment epithelial cell or RPE cell is a single cell that provides nutritional support to a photoreceptor. All cells come from less differentiated cells called Stem Cells that, when you trace them back far enough, can turn into many different kinds of cells depending on their location and certain growth factors that stimulate them. They are called stem cells because they act as a 'stem' from which other cells are derived, like smaller twigs off a larger branch of a tree. A stem cell has the capacity to undergo many divisions- turning into 2 cells at a time, one that continues as a stem cell and one that continues as a target cell. This cascade can continue many times.
All organs and tissues of the human body appear to have stem
cells. They are used for repair of damaged tissue and the replacement
of existing cells as tissues normally age. Sometimes the replacement
is fairly rapid as is the case with our skin. Sometimes it occurs more
slowly as is the case for bone or muscle, and sometimes extremely slowly
and in a very limited way as is the case for the heart. There is much
that we still need to learn about stem cells and stem cell research is very
active. Patients often ask why the body does not use it's existing stem
cells for repair of disease and injury. Although there is still much
we do not understand about human disease and its causes, it seems likely
the limited local stem cell population and circulating stem cells do
actively participate in efforts to repair or ameliorate disease, just
insufficiently. Human disease is extremely complicated and the exact
method by which stem cells may help could depend on the disease, the
tissues effected, the stage of the disease and many other factors. Some stem cell research articles on how stem cells might work.
The physicians and hospitals
with whom we work use only Adult Stem Cells which means they are
isolated from and returned to the same patient - it does not imply
a specific patient age. They are also called Autologous Stem Cells and
the treatments Autologous Cell Therapy which means "self-derived".
This refers to tissue that is taken from one part of a patient and moved
to a different location. Our stem
cell practitioners and institutions are the most experienced in the field and
use bone marrow or blood derived stem cells depending on the disease and
needs of their patients.
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