Monday, June 25, 2007

Some recent advancements in adult stem cell research

Adult stem cells are helping children with brain tumors. The July 1, 2007 issue of Cancer will feature a study by French researchers which "reported that a high-dose regimen of busulfan and thiotepa supported by autologous stem cells followed by local radiotherapy resulted in a 69% 5-year survival in children with medulloblastoma that had progressed after initial surgery or surgery plus chemotherapy....Medulloblastoma is a relatively rare brain tumor in children and has a grave prognosis."

Researchers from Japan have used bone marrow stem cells to help the hearing of rodents with acute hearing loss.
The study showed that stem cell migration into the damaged area of the inner ear improved hearing of high frequency sound by 23 per cent, as compared to natural recovery in untreated animals.

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