March 14, 2005 |
Hundreds of diabetics can now live without daily injections after receiving transplants of insulin-producing cells. These cells, taken from the pancreases of several cadavers, quickly set to work inside their new hosts to produce the glucose-regulating hormone. But most diabetics aren't candidates for the transplants. There simply aren't enough organs available to provide the cells.
September 17, 1992 |
Major advances in healing damaged spines, the most important cause of paralysis, were reported Wednesday by two independent research groups. One group used fetal cell transplants to restore near-normal function in the rear legs of cats that had suffered paralyzing spinal damage, apparently the first report of such success in any mammal.
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May 7, 1992 |
Two types of experimental surgical procedures have significantly improved the conditions of patients with Parkinson's disease, surgeons said here Wednesday. Two teams of researchers independently reported that in a total of 11 patients, grafts of fetal tissue obtained during abortions sharply reduced tremors and rigidity and increased control of limb functions.
September 9, 2002 |
Daily insulin injections are lifesaving for diabetics, but to many people they rep-resent a heavy burden that can interfere with their professional and social lives. The wide swings in blood sugar levels that can occur when injections are given only once or twice a day, furthermore, are now known to be the cause of virtually all the complications of diabetes, ranging from nerve damage to heart disease to blindness.
June 7, 2000 |
Canadian researchers have successfully freed eight diabetics from insulin dependence by using a new combination of anti-rejection drugs to transplant insulin-secreting islet cells. All of the subjects have remained insulin-free for four to 15 months, a remarkable rate, because fewer than one in 10 patients who received islet transplants previously were able to escape their daily shots. "This is perhaps the most important finding in Type 1 diabetes research in the past decade," said Dr.
April 16, 1988 |
When diabetic Rich Shultz received a transplant of pancreatic cells taken from an aborted human fetus two years ago, the Santa Barbara man became a participant in a fast-growing but controversial field of experimental therapy. Many biomedical researchers believe that fetal tissues and cells have enormous potential for helping hundreds of thousands of people with hormone-deficiency disorders such as Parkinson's, Huntington's and Alzheimer's diseases, as well as diabetes.
September 9, 1989 |
Researchers are developing a bold and unusual new type of transplant operation that they think may eventually be able to restore vision in individuals blinded by the loss of photoreceptor cells--the cells in the eye that convert light into an electrical signal transmitted to the brain.
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November 19, 1990 |
The first cancer therapy using genetically altered living cells was approved last week, and doctors at the National Institutes of Health said the first patient should start treatment within a few weeks. Steven A. Rosenberg said his team has been poised to start the revolutionary gene therapy in patients critically ill with advanced melanoma, a deadly skin cancer, and was only awaiting the final approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
July 2, 1998 |
Doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have implanted laboratory-grown human nerve cells, originally obtained from a young man's cancer, into the brain of a 62-year-old stroke victim in an effort to reverse the woman's brain damage.