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A recent study on mice, baboons and few volunteering patients revealed that a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called meloxicam increases significantly the number of hematopoietic stem cells entering the blood stream. The study can potentially help patients requiring a hematopoietic stem cell (HSC), most notably leukemia victims. The study was carried out by researchers, led by Louis Pelus, at Indiana University's School of Medicine #stemcells #leukemia

Researchers from the University of California (UCS), led by Somdutta Roy, have discovered a new type of stem cell called "endogenous pluripotent somatic cell" (ePSC). Similarly to embryonic stem cells, ePSCs are pluripotent and have the capacity to transform into many different types of specialised cells like the ones comprising brain, heart, skin and pancreatic tissue. The researchers consider their findings to be a major breakthrough in stem cell research.

In a recent study, researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine present, for the first time, the existence of more than one stem cell niches in bone marrow tissue. Their findings have the potential to improve the effects of chemotherapy and accelerate the recovery followed by hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. #cancer #stemcells

Stem cells for knee pain are a safer option than surgery #stemcells #stemcell #knee

Yesterday, a collaborative team of scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York and the University of Pennsylvania released a study in which they have identified a protein (macro-H2A) that acts as a barrier in the process of turning somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells. The findings provide a deeper understanding of how somatic cells lose plasticity during normal development and may be useful in cancer research. #stemcells #cancer

Adult stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can be found in juvenile and adults animals, including humans. Their primary role is to replenish dying cells and to repair damaged tissuesand organs. In humans, and other animals, adult stem cells can be found in a great number of tissues/organs including bone marrow, blood, adipose tissue and liver. Sometimes the term "somatic stem cells" is used instead.

Today, scientists from the Yale School of medicine announced that they have discovered an important connection between cancer stem cells and the development of ovarian cancers. The study is available online on Cell Cycle. Lead author of the study is Yingqun Huang.

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University released yesterday a study showing that mesenchymal stem cells may one day be an important ingredient in an effective treatment against Glioblastoma (brain cancer). The researchers, led by Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa compared two types of mesenchymal stem cells, MSCs derived from fat and MSCs derived from bone marrow. #stemcells #glioblastoma #cancer

The Vancouver Sun recently reported that researchers at the University of Toronto are working on a "groundbreaking" research which may soon lead to a treatment for spinal cord injuries. The researchers, led by Dr. Mark Erwin, are investigating the healing potential of a stem cell population called "intervertebral disc stem cells". #stemcells #SCI #spinal #cord #injury

The recent findings of a placebo-controlled human clinical trial give new hope to spinal cord injury victims, as they clearly show that a combination of stem cells and physical therapy can partially restore both sensory and motor functions. The study was conducted by a team of researchers, led by Hatem E. Sabaawy, at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. #stemcells #spinalcordinjury