Regenerative Medicine: Broader Frontiers for Research

Rather than being a palliative or symptomatic therapy, regenerative medicine has the ability to be regenerative. This enables previously unlikely clinical results to be achieved. Furthermore, since it uses current mechanisms of human biochemistry, regenerative medicine has the potential to have less severe side effects than existing drugs and therapies. Round Rock Joint Pain Doctor Association is one of the authority sites on this topic.

Today, we rely on three major types of interventional approaches to regenerate damaged tissues and organs:

medical devices/artificial organs, which replace tissue function with entirely synthetic constructs and machines;

Temporary scaffolds are used to bridge significant tissue-gap defects in tissue engineering and biomaterials.

Cellular therapies, such as stem cell transplantation and genetically modified cells, are used to repair damaged or diseased tissue.

This approach is especially important nowadays, as life expectancy and quality of life are both increasing. The number of people in need of a life-saving transplant far outnumbers the number of organs available for donation, and regenerative medicine has the potential to solve this issue.

Furthermore, the matching of organ cells to patients eliminates another critical issue that complicates even more transplant procedures: organ rejection.

Earlier in this post, I briefly mentioned rejection.

The fact that cord blood can be safely injected back without being rejected by the individual’s immune system prevents rejection.

The use of cord blood stem cells is now being investigated and researched in healing conditions such as brain trauma and Type 1 Diabetes, as well as other therapies such as strokes and hearing loss.

The case of the Central Nervous System is particularly intriguing. Studies in animal models have shown that cord blood stem cells can migrate to the site of a brain injury, greatly reducing the area affected. In addition, injecting human cord blood stem cells into animals suffering from severe strokes facilitated the formation of new arteries and neurons in the brain.

Also, as a new parent, I’ve recently been interested in a new prevention scheme, which I’d better describe as a sort of “store your lifejacket in a safe place” prevention, in the hopes that you’ll never need it!

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