Stem Cell Transplants 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Stem Cell Treatments
SCI, we know that stem cell treatments have the potential to change the
world. As a company focused on bringing these possibilities to light,
we work to ensure that our audience understands and supports such
possibilities. But people can only do that when they have all of the
information they need. As leaders in the blockchain-based stem cell
therapy industry, it is our job to provide such information to people
and help to facilitate the conversations being had about the future and
potential of stem cell treatments.
put together a beginner’s guide to stem cell transplants so that you
can better understand the world in which we work and contribute to on a
global scale. Because stem cell treatments are not available everywhere,
and because people don’t always know the proper information about how
stem cells can help, we want to guide that conversation in a way that
allows people to ask questions and get their answers. Here’s part one of
our beginner’s guide to understanding stem cell treatments.
First, what are stem cells?
likely that you’ve heard of stem cells before, but you might not be
sure what exactly they are and what they do for the body. In a nutshell,
stem cells are undifferentiated cells that we all have in our bodies
that have the potential to become other cells. To clarify, a blood cell
is a blood cell. But a stem cell has the potential to transform into
another type of cell if needed. A cell in the eye is a cell in the eye,
but a stem cell can become a potentially vision-saving cell in the eye
if needed. So basically, stem cells are used to treat and repair other
cells in the body.
How many types of stem cells are there?
stem cells can essentially become any other type of cell, there are
actually different types of stem cells within the body. To date,
scientists have found that stem cells can take on up to 200 different
cell forms in the body for treatment and therapeutic purposes. There are
two different types of native stem cells in our bodies: adult stem
cells and pluripotent.
What’s the difference between adult stem cells and pluripotent stem cells?
stem cells have the ability to become any other cell in the body. This
is the type of stem cell that most people think of when they hear the
phrase “stem cells.” This order of stem cells includes embryonic stem
cells. Embryonic stem cells are developed as a fetus grows. The second
type of Pluripotent stem cell is known as Induced Pluripotent Stem
Cells: these are adult stem cells that have been reprogrammed by
scientists and doctors to function and act like embryonic stem cells.
This means that even if a patient didn’t have stem cells collected at
the time of birth, stem cell therapists can recreate those cells in a
lab and benefit from their pliable nature in the treatment of many
stem cells then, are the ones that you have developed after you are
born and begin growing. However, as we grow, the adult stem cells lose
their flexibility to become other cells in the body, making it more
difficult to repair and replace cells in the adult body. Adult stem
cells take many forms but are generally limited in the area of the body
they serve. For example, blood stem cells function only in the
bloodstream. Scientists are working to create more opportunities for
adult stem cells to be used throughout the body as needed.
What are some examples of how stem cells are used in today’s health care industry?
date, stem cells have been used in a variety of ways, but much of the
work being done is still in its research stage. That means that patients
don’t have access to much of the advancements being made in medical
labs around the world…yet.
cell therapies are currently being used for the treatment of certain
heart conditions, neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease,
certain cancers through bone marrow transplants, and Diabetes. What’s
more, stem cells are being used to reduce pain and inflammation in
patients with Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, and even patients who
suffer from chronic pain due to injuries.
problem remains, however, access. Patients can’t access the stem cell
treatments they need around the world. And doctors hesitate to recommend
treatments because some treatments remain controversial in the media
and amongst groups who don’t have all the information.
To learn more about how SCI is working to improve access, treatment options, and stem cell research around the world, visit www.scia.io
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thus joining the era of transparent giving. Welcome WWF!
AidCoin team has been working hard lately to get several leading
charities onto AIDChain to forge the way for other smaller charities and
the sector as a whole. And the World Wildlife Fund Italia
has become the first to embark on this important journey towards full
transparency — now we’re looking forward to seeing more charities follow
may be just the first step in our collaboration with WWF Italia but
it’s clearly a significant development for AidCoin as well as the
charity and crypto sectors.
very excited about this news! It shows how the no-profit industry’s
opening up to blockchain technology and WWF Italy is one of the most
important international charities to be launched on the AidChain
platform. We’ve been working alongside them through CharityStars for a
long time now and we strongly believe it will only be the first charity
in a long list!” — Francesco Nazari Fusetti, AidCoin Co-founder
what does this mean for the charity sector? WWF Italia’s most recent
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P.S. Stay tuned to hear more about the WWF Italia fundraising campaign that will be launched soon!
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