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Health News - Stem Cell Research

Stem cell discovery could improve treatments for leukemia, other diseases
Scientists have found a way to boost blood stem cell self-renewal in the lab. The finding could improve treatments for leukemia and other blood diseases. (Medical News Today)

Hair follicles can be a site of origin for melanoma
Using a new mouse model of human melanoma, scientists show how the aggressive skin cancer can start in immature, pigment producing cells in hair follicles. (Medical News Today)

Aplastic anemia: Everything you need to know
Aplastic anemia is a rare condition that damages vital stem cells in the bone marrow. Learn about the symptoms and treatment options for aplastic anemia here. (Medical News Today)

A new, single delivery therapy could fight many forms of cancer
A novel therapy that boosts the number of potent immune cells to suppress cancer has proven successful in preclinical research in mouse models. (Medical News Today)

Way to prevent chemotherapy hair loss in sight
Using a mini organ model, scientists reveal how taxane chemotherapy can permanently damage hair follicles, and how a newer class of drug could prevent it. (Medical News Today)

Rejuvenating brain stem cells may hold key to future MS treatments
Scientists have found a way to rejuvenate brain stem cells in rats. The finding offers clues on how to restore lost brain function in diseases such as MS. (Medical News Today)

How 3D printing allows scientists to grow new human hairs
Researchers have found a way of using 3D printing technology to grow human hairs in the laboratory, without the need for skin implantation. (Medical News Today)

Stem cell therapy for rheumatoid arthritis
Stem cell therapy may help reduce inflammation and build up healthy cells in the body. Scientists are now investigating whether it may benefit autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

In mice: Are animal studies relevant to human health?
Scientists often use animal models such as mice and rats in biomedical research. But what can these studies tell us about human health? (Medical News Today)

Using stem cells to combat osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a common condition without a cure. A recent small-scale pilot study concludes that stem cell therapies could offer some hope. (Medical News Today)

Cancer: 'Off-the-shelf' stem cell treatment enters clinical trial
In a landmark clinical trial, researchers are making use of induced pluripotent stem cells for the first time in the United States. (Medical News Today)

New drug limits damage to heart muscle from heart attack
Cell death from a heart attack damages heart muscle. Blocking MAP4K4 — a protein that is key to this process — greatly reduced heart injury in mice. (Medical News Today)

New stem cells could be 'universally transplanted'
Researchers have designed a type of stem cell that should be able to withhold transplantation into any recipient without facing rejection. (Medical News Today)

Parkinson's: How stem cells can help repair the brain
A new review examines the past, present, and future of stem cell therapy for replacing damaged brain cells in Parkinson's disease. (Medical News Today)

Simple drug formula regenerates brain cells
Scientists have shown how a drug cocktail of four compounds can convert glia, or support cells, next to damaged neurons into new working neurons. (Medical News Today)

Could stem cells reverse diabetes?
Previous attempts to develop insulin-producing cells from stem cells have not been completely successful. A recent study, however, offers fresh hope. (Medical News Today)

'Coaxing' stem cells to form new bone tissue
New research finds out how to drive stem cells to form new bone tissue, and these results could help improve outcomes for spinal surgeries. (Medical News Today)

Multiple sclerosis: Could this be why myelin fails to regenerate?
A study finds a previously unknown mechanism that quietens adult stem cells and could be a disruptor of myelin repair in inflammatory diseases, such as MS. (Medical News Today)

Honeybees may hold the secret to stem cell youth
The royal jelly that honeybees make to produce new queen bees seems to contain a secret ingredient that can keep stem cells 'young' and powerful. (Medical News Today)

Type 1 diabetes: Drawing nearer to treatment that generates new insulin cells
Scientists have mapped the signals in the cellular environment that determine whether immature pancreatic cells will produce insulin. (Medical News Today)

What are stem cells, and what do they do?
Stem cells are basic cells that can become almost any type of cell in the body. Human stem cells can come from an embryo or an adult human. They have many possible uses in science and medicine, yet controversy surrounds them. (Medical News Today)

Scientists create human esophagus in stem cell first
For the first time, scientists have created a human esophagus entirely from stem cells. The organoids may help treat conditions such as esophageal cancer. (Medical News Today)

Using cell metabolism to battle cancer
In a recent study, researchers investigated how cancer stem cells might be stopped in their tracks by blocking their metabolic pathways. (Medical News Today)

Cancer immunotherapy 'could be safer' with natural killer cells
CAR cancer immunotherapy using natural killer cells from stem cells could be as effective and less toxic than using modified versions of patients' T cells. (Medical News Today)

Could blocking these proteins stop breast cancer?
A study suggests that blocking certain epigenetic proteins with drugs could prevent women at high risk of breast cancer from developing the disease. (Medical News Today)

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