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Can a Stem Cell Injection Treat Severe Shoulder Arthritis?

Can a Stem Cell Injection Treat Severe Shoulder Arthritis?

Our bodies shouldn’t be treated like machines in which if a part breaks down, like a shoulder or a knee, for example, we just replace it. Yet this is often the result in the traditional orthopedic-care model. With severe shoulder arthritis, and other...
Is Tommy John Surgery the Only Solution for a UCL Tear?

Is Tommy John Surgery the Only Solution for a UCL Tear?

We’re in the home stretch of baseball season in the Major Leagues, so it seems fitting to talk about a common injury that occurs in baseball players, particularly pitchers. The injury is to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the arm, and the procedure often...
Let’s Talk Stem Cells Part 7: Creating Artificial Stem Cells

Let’s Talk Stem Cells Part 7: Creating Artificial Stem Cells

In our last “Let’s Talk Stem Cells” post, we defined some stem cell types, including the artificial stem cells known as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS). Today, we are going to change direction a bit on our stem cell focus and expand on the topic...
Let’s Talk Stem Cells Part 6: Stopping Growth on Contact

Let’s Talk Stem Cells Part 6: Stopping Growth on Contact

One of many fascinating features of our mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is that they are designed to stop growing on contact. In other words, when MSCs touch, they stop multiplying, or making copies. Embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS)...