These options range from manual, open system kits with multiple steps that require a great deal of skill from the operator, to large automated, closed systems that require a lot of office space and a big budget. Of course, each system has its own advantages and disadvantages regarding price, versatility, or ease of use, but only a few options are flexible enough to be used in any sized practice in a quick and effective way.
The classical palliative approach of traditional medicine is becoming obsolete and ineffective in treating certain diseases. New alternatives through innovative approaches seek to solve the root causes. Among these emerging approaches is regenerative medicine Continue Reading
Osteoarthritis is more common in women than men in older age, but researchers have struggled to pinpoint precisely why this is. A new study may have shed light on the issue, after identifying differences in the synovial fluid of men and women with the disease. Continue Reading
Blood from umbilical cords may be medicine’s fountain of youth—at least for mice.
The blood from the cord that connects fetuses to their mothers during pregnancy contains compounds that scientists believe reverses some of the effects of aging, like memory loss. In a paper published (paywall) in Nature Communication on April 19, researchers from Stanford University announced they’ve identified which specific chemicals have these memory-sharpening effects. They believe that one day, these proteins may be able to help people with neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s.
In this study, the research team looked at the effects of the liquid part of human blood, called plasma, on mouse brains. The team gave shots of blood plasma from three different sources—people aged 61-82, 19-24, and newborn infants’ umbilical cords (with consent from their parents)—to older mice every four days for two weeks.