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Regenerative Medicine for Optimal Health

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Rejuvenation & Wellness

Regenerative medicine is an exciting new frontier, not only for medical researchers but also for individuals seeking to improve their health. A good diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, targeted nutritional supplements, and stress management are necessary steps on the road to wellness. However, the emerging field of regenerative medicine may provide additional tools in the quest for optimal health. Read More

Other Autoimmune Diseases

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Auto Immune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases affect increasing numbers of people of all ages and walks of life. Caused by an immune system gone awry, the hallmark of all autoimmune diseases is an attack on the body’s own tissues. This results in chronic inflammation and, depending on the specific disorder, damage to the joints, myelin sheaths that insulate nerve cells, insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, the thyroid gland, and other tissues. Examples of autoimmune diseases include Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Graves disease, type 1 diabetes, scleroderma, myasthenia gravis, Sjogren syndrome, as well as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and dozens of other conditions. Breakthrough approaches are sorely needed for these chronic and progressive disorders. Read More

Stroke Damage

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Neurology

A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off, either by a burst blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke) or a blockage in an artery (ischemic stroke, the most common type). Stroke damage often results because brain cells in the affected area, deprived of oxygen and nutrients, die or are severely injured. Common symptoms of stroke damage include impairments in speech, movement, sensation, and other functions most of us take for granted. Two-thirds of survivors have residual stroke damage, and the road to recovery is often rocky. After a few months of therapy and rehabilitation, patients are usually told that further progress is unlikely. However, regenerative medicine research suggests that improvements can be made months, even years after a stroke. Read More

Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Neurology

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder caused by the degeneration of neurons in the area of the brain that manufactures dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in movement. As dopamine production drops, characteristic tremors and speech, balance, and motor problems develop. The primary treatment for Parkinson’s disease is drugs that replace or mimic dopamine. These medications do improve symptoms, but they do not slow disease progression, plus their adverse side effects increase with long-term use. Curbing the loss of brain cells and halting symptom progression are key goals in the management of Parkinson's disease. Read More

Cognitive Impairment

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Neurology

Conventional wisdom would have you believe that memory loss and cognitive impairment are a normal part of aging. It's true that most people do experience some age-related decline in these areas, but serious cognitive impairment that interferes with quality of life and activities of daily living is by no means normal. Rather, it's caused by degenerative processes in the brain--processes that can in some cases be prevented, retarded, and even reversed. Read More