Innovations in Stem Cell Therapy: Helping Your Body Heal Itself
Among the most promising of all medical research areas are therapies that make use of stem cells to treat a wide range of diseases, disorders, and injuries in the human body. Stem cells have shown the potential to provide effective treatments and even cures for some of the most debilitating and even fatal medical conditions.
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells have the potential to aid medical treatments because of two important characteristics. Stem cells are able to divide and produce new stem cells, so they can increase their numbers on their own. Most importantly, stem cells are able to transform into other types of cells. While stem cells themselves are not specialized and don't form specialized tissues, they have the ability to turn into specialized cells and tissues.
Stem cells occur naturally in our bodies, and they are the primary drivers of healing in our tissues. When we are injured, our stem cells are activated, and they begin regenerating the damaged tissues. After the damage is repaired, the stem cells go dormant again.
Theories Behind the Therapy
The unique characteristics of stem cells are at the heart of their medical potential. Because stem cells can produce specialized cells and regenerate specialized tissues, researchers believe that they may be able to repair diseased or damaged tissues that the body wouldn't otherwise be able to repair on its own. Stem cell research focuses on ways to help the body activate stem cells and move them to the site of injury or disease so that they can regenerate tissue.
Potential to Treat a Range of Problems
Stem cell therapy has the potential to treat disorders in many different areas of the body. Innovations in stem cell therapy have shown promise in treating neurological disorders such as Parkinson's Disease, gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn's Disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, macular degeneration, and congestive heart failure. In all these cases, stem cells are able to boost the body's healing power as it fights off the effects of degenerative conditions.
Stem cell therapy has also shown potential for treating disorders that affect the body's bones, muscles, and connective tissues. Researchers are focusing their efforts on using stem cell therapies to treat orthopedic disorders such as osteoarthritis and post-traumatic arthritis, as well as auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma that affect connective tissues.
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