Stem Cell Transplants Restore 2 Patients’ Vision

Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

An experimental stem cell therapy restored partial vision to two patients with a common cause of blindness, British doctors reported this week.

Embyronic stem cells were converted into patches of eye cells and grown in the lab. The patches were then inserted into the back of one eye in each of the patients, both of whom suffer from age-related macular degeneration, the BBC News reported.

The transplants, on a woman in her sixties and an 86-year-old man, were performed at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. A year later, both patients report improved vision in the treated eye.

Another eight more patients are scheduled to take part in the clinical trial of the procedure, reported in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

“We’ve restored vision where there was none,” Lyndon da Cruz, consultant retinal surgeon at Moorfields, told BBC News.

“It’s incredibly exciting. As you get older, parts of you stop working and for the first time we’ve been able to take a cell and make it into a specific part of the eye that’s failing and put it back in the eye and get vision back.”

Da Cruz stopped short of calling the procedure a cure because it does not completely restore normal vision.

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Longer Life in a Pill May Already Be Available at Your Local Drug Store

By Shelly Fan – Re-Blogged From Singularity Hub

To most of the scientific community, “anti-aging” is a dirty word.

A medical field historically associated with charlatans and quacks, scientists have strictly restricted the quest for a “longevity pill” to basic research. The paradigm is simple and one-toned: working on model organisms by manipulating different genes and proteins, scientists slowly tease out the molecular mechanisms that lead to — and reverse — signs of aging, with no guarantee that they’ll work in humans.

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Stem Cell Study Offers New Clues to Reversing Aging

   By Shelly Xuelai Fan – Re-Blogged From Singularity Hub

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‘Reprogrammed’ Stem Cells Fight Parkinson’s

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Scientists have successfully used “reprogrammed” stem cells to restore functioning brain cells in monkeys, raising hopes the technique could be used in future to help patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Since Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of dopamine made by brain cells, researchers have long hoped to use stem cells to restore normal production of the neurotransmitter chemical.

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