Stem cells for knee issues? Can they help?

There are lots of different types of treatments out there that are called “knee stem cells,” but few involve any actual stem cells. For example, a common one is called an “umbilical cord” stem cell therapy, but this is a scam. Why? Our lab and several others has done this research and shown that the umbilical cord products being used by these clinics contain no actual mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), despite claims to the contrary (1-3). You will have to log in or register to view the full content.

Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy of Male Infertility

Nowadays mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy offers a broad spectrum of treatment of different conditions, including male infertility. Lots of studies suggest that injection of MSC promotes differentiation of germ cells and/or stimulates gonadal tissue development. Currently, there are plenty of MSC therapies of azoospermia which have been studied on animal models and demonstrated good results. Most of the studies were conducted using MSC derived from adipose tissue, the bone marrow, and umbilical cord. Despite the fact that this type of treatment in humans is not established as a first choice option, the use of these techniques gives us hope for a gradual introduction into our daily practice.

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PRP for Acne Scars

Given that most people between the ages of 18 to 30 get acne, it is typically considered the bane of puberty. However, some people can continue to get acne well into their 40s and 50s. And, PRP for acne scars can help. While acne by itself is an annoying condition, the marks and scars left behind can cause the skin to look severely flawed. It can also take away from a person’s confidence.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma and Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction: Critical Review of Literature and Global Trends in Platelet-Rich Plasma Clinics

Intracavernosal injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) is an emerging practice that warrants awareness among primary care physicians and urologists alike. Epidemiologic studies have shown that ED is a highly prevalent condition, affecting more than 300 million men globally, and the use of regenerative medicine, such stem cells, to reverse ED is highly desired.1 In the current era of consumerism, increasing numbers of patients are demanding novel and innovative treatment options. There is a trend toward the global emergence of clinics offering PRP as a treatment for ED for many desperate and vulnerable men; however, despite the introduction and commercialization of this therapy, there remains little evidence to support its use and guide patient or clinician in the decision making process.

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The O-Shot® and Other Uses of PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)

Well over ten years ago, medical scientists began to realize that a specific “fraction” of human blood contained special growth factors and healing-inducing properties. This portion of blood, known as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), is devoid of red blood cells but contains blood serum. It is what’s responsible for blood clotting and tissue healing. In everyday life, we know PRP as that yellow goo around a scab from whence healing generates. In addition to speeding healing, platelet rich plasma also contains a significant array of growth factors that make it an enhancer of function of the tissue areas that it comes into contact with.


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Influence of the PRP injections concentration of effects.

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. This is concentrated blood platelets in the patient’s own plasma. To create this, the doctor takes blood and spins it in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets.
The idea behind PRP injections is that platelets have growth factors that they release to aid healing. So if you cut yourself, the platelets clot the blood and also release growth factors to help the cut heal. Hence, PRP can help injured tissues heal.

Can Stem Cells help Radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculopathy is commonly known as “Sciatica”. It is a relatively common condition affecting an estimated 12-40% of patients who are suffering from low back pain.
Stem cell therapy is a novel therapy to consider in these patients. Radiculopathy by definition means inflammation of the nerve. Stem cells are known to secrete very potent anti-inflammatory proteins and thus relieve inflammation and pain. Thus it seems logical to use stem cells to treat the inflammation of the nerves.

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