Monday, June 08, 2009

Stem Cells Restore Sight, Save World

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Is there anything stem cells will not eventually be able to cure?

This continues to be a most exciting area of research – particularly as scientists learn more about using people’s own stem cells. When using an individual's own stem cells the major obstacle of tissue rejection is taken off the table. We, in effect, become our own mini-regeneration plant. It’s really quite cool.

Now, it’s certainly beyond the realm of this blog to discuss issues of “eternal life,” but breakthroughs in stem cell technology continue to hold great promise of extending years. And, not just any old years, but years filled with vitality.

The latest breakthrough gives sight back to those with damaged corneas. Most remarkably, the procedure is rather “simple” and performed on an outpatient basis. Two hours. A surgeon collects the stem cells from a tiny amount of the patient’s eye tissue, then places them on a specially cultured contact lens. The lens is put in place on the patient’s eye – no need for sutures – and the patient heads home.

In about ten days the stem cells re-colonize the eye surface.

Just one more reason to treat yourself well when it comes to your health – you want your self-generated spare parts to be top notch.

To read more about the study, see this from ScienceDaily. To learn more about stem cells, see this from the National Institutes of Health.

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