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Johnson and Johnson Testing Stem Cell Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

By Linda Johnson, Associated Press | 

(AP) — Johnson & Johnson, continuing its long quest for a Type 1 diabetes cure, is joining forces with biotech company ViaCyte to speed development of the first stem cell treatment that could fix the life-threatening hormonal disorder.

They’ve already begun testing it in a small number of diabetic patients. If it works as well in patients as it has in animals, it would amount to a cure, ending the need for frequent insulin injections and blood sugar testing.

ViaCyte and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen BetaLogics group said Thursday they’ve agreed to combine their knowledge and hundreds of patents on their research under ViaCyte, a longtime J&J partner focused on regenerative medicine.

The therapy involves inducing embryonic stem cells in a lab dish to turn into insulin-producing cells, then putting them inside a small capsule that is implanted under the skin. The capsule protects the cells from the immune system, which otherwise would attack them as invaders — a roadblock that has stymied other research projects.

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Article by: Fergus Walsh, BBC News

Jan. 18, 2016

UK doctors in Sheffield say patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are showing “remarkable” improvements after receiving a treatment usually used for cancer.

In MS the protective layer surrounding nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord – known as myelin – becomes damaged. The immune system mistakenly attacks the myelin, causing scarring or sclerosis.

The treatment – known as an autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) – aims to destroy the faulty immune system using chemotherapy. It is then rebuilt with stem cells harvested from the patient’s own blood. These cells are at such an early stage they’ve not developed the flaws that trigger MS.

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Article by The Associated Press

Dec. 13, 2015

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles told Sports Illustrated that he recently had stem cell treatments as part of his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Charles, who is on injured reserve, said this is the first time he’s used the procedure. When he tore his ACL in 2011, he did not use it, but did so this time because he believes it can help him return to the field quicker. Charles says he had stem cells injected during his ligament-repair surgery and again six weeks later. The treatment involves taking a patient’s bone marrow, extracting the stem cells and then injecting them into the injured part of the body.

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Article by Clarence E. Hill Jr., Fort Worth Star Telegram

Dec. 3, 2015

He [Jones] acknowledged that stem cell treatment, similar to what receiver Dez Bryant had in October to improve healing in his fracture right foot, is an option for Romo’s collarbone to hopefully prolong his career.

Bryant’s procedure involved having bone marrow stem cells removed from his hip and injected into his ankle to enhance the healing.

“I don’t want into get into any specifics,” Jones said. “But he and Dez talked to me together about the stem cell back when he initially hurt it earlier this year. All of that is more of a long-term thing relative to my understanding. It has application to prolonging a career. Not a just specific injury.”

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Well, this should appease your curiosity. Our friends at recently made this video, titled Stem Cells 101, that clearly explains how our stem cells work and the benefits they offer to the medical community. In the video, Katy explains the four properties of mesenchymal (or adult) stem cells and the abilities they have to heal our bodies. These four properties include: anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, anti-microbial, and regenerative. She then explains what happens to our body’s stem cells as we get older. It’s all very interesting and informative.

If you would like to read more about adult stem cells, visit our page here.

If you would like to read about the regenerative treatment process we offer, click here to learn more.

To schedule an appointment or if you have any questions, contact us by clicking here.

*MedRebels is a network of physicians that our very own Dr. Paez is a member of.

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Article by Brent Schrotenboer, USA Today

Nov. 25, 2015

In September 2014, the former Green Bay Packers quarterback [Starr] suffered two strokes, a heart attack and several seizures. Then about three months ago, he battled a bronchial infection and nearly died when his heart rate hit 200 beats a minute at age 81.

Both episodes left him barely able to walk or feed himself.

But now here it is – the moment of triumph that he’s targeted for so long.

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The America Starts Talking campaign is raising awareness on safe use of prescription opioids and preparedness for accidental overdoses. Former Pro Football player Mike Alstott has joined in the cause, and is speaking out publicly for the first time about his experience with prescription opioids in the hope it will encourage more people to talk openly with their healthcare providers and loved ones about the safe use of medication for pain.


During the 12 years Alstott played professional football, he had 47 documented injuries and was prescribed opioids to manage his pain. He was fortunate that his athletic trainer and team physician warned him of the risks involved in taking opioids even when taken as directed.

When I learned that on average 44 people die every day in the U.S. from prescription opioid overdoses and more than 80 percent of those deaths are accidental, I realized how lucky I was,” said Alstott. “I joined America Starts Talking not only to help people understand how to take these medications safely, but also know what an opioid emergency looks like, and what to do if one happens.”

Signs of an opioid emergency can include slow or irregular heartbeat, loss of consciousness, blue or purple fingernails or lips, extremely small pupils and very slow or absent breathing. Lack of oxygen can lead to brain damage in as few as four minutes, so patients may want to talk to their healthcare professional about the safe use of opioids including having the opioid antidote naloxone available at home so that loved ones can rapidly intervene if needed. Naloxone works by displacing opioids from receptors in the brain, reversing the effects of opioids and the life-threatening breathing problems that can occur.

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Scoliosis sufferer Ashleigh couldn’t before stem cell treatment with a stem cell colleague of  Dr. Paez’s. A decades-old surgery left her with metal rods and scar tissue in her back. Unfortunately, over time it also left her with debilitating pain that affected her active, healthy lifestyle — including her ability to lift her own children.

Watch as Ashleigh tells you her story from her perspective, just six weeks following stem cell treatment.

If you’d like to learn more about stem cell treatment for pain, contact our office to make an appointment with Dr. Paez – Central Florida’s choice for successful treatment of pain.

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At South Lake Pain Institute, we’re at the forefront of emerging medical practice, including the promising field of regenerative medicine for pain relief. Dr. Paez already makes use of adult stem cellsto treat orthopedic conditions (are you a good candidate?), and now, following a new study by Duke University, it may not be too much longer before those same adult stem cells can be used to treat neurological pain that resists traditional painkilling medications. Read more about their exciting study below.


One protein helps cell-based therapy remain in the spinal cord

Published in Duke Today, July 13, 2015:

Chronic pain caused by the nerve damage of type 2 diabetes, surgical amputation, chemotherapy and other conditions is especially intractable because it resists painkilling medications.
But in a study on mice, a Duke University team has shown that injections of stem cells from bone marrow might be able to relieve this type of neuropathic pain. The researchers say their findings, which appear July 13 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, may also advance cell-based therapies in chronic pain conditions, lower back pain and spinal cord injuries.

The team used a type of stem cell known as bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs), which are known to produce an array of healing factors and can be coaxed into forming most other types of cells in the body.

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