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People suffering from diabetes may one day be cured by growing a new pancreas in another animal. Researchers have recently used mouse stem cells to grow a pancreas within a rat, then transplanted insulin-producing cells from that pancreas into the diabetic mouse.  The new cells controlled the mouse’s diabetes. Stanford University Medical Center states that […]

Fueled By Opioid Deaths, Organ Transplant Rates Reach Record High

January 20, 2017 / 0 COMMENTS / 464 VIEWS

Organ transplants have reached a record high in the US for the 4th year in a row. According to the United Nation for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the 19.8% increase since 2012 is largely attributable to premature deaths from drug overdoses. The tragedy of an opioid epidemic is having an un-expected life-saving impact.The opioid epidemic accounts for nearly […]

Patients with compromised immune systems, including those who undergo stem cell or bone marrow transplants to treat their cancers, are especially at risk for a common, costly, hospital-acquired infection known as Clostridium difficile (referred to as C. diff). Doctors in the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania have been preemptively giving some stem cell transplant patients a standard […]

Transplant is a Mainstay in Hematologic Cancers, Expert Says

January 6, 2017 / 0 COMMENTS / 391 VIEWS

Stem cell transplant remains the only curative and reliable strategy for patients with multiple myeloma and some lymphomas. In a discussion with Sergio Giralt, MD, a Professor of Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he states that high-dose therapy and autologous transplant for multiple myeloma remains the standard of care and suggests that timely referral to transplant […]

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