Stem Cell Technology: Novel Treatment Shows Promise For Nonhealing Digital Ulcers
Saturday, 05 September 2009 11:11
Ilya Petrou, M.D.
Published: Sep 1, 2009
Source: http://www.modernmedicine.com/modernmedicine/Modern+Medicine+Now/Stem-cell-technology-Novel-treatment-shows-promise/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/622608?ref=25

Introduction:
Stem cells have been used for the treatment of difficult-to-heal cutaneous wounds, such as diabetic and venous leg ulcers, as well as large defects following skin cancer surgery. Recent research has shown that this therapeutic approach not only can help close other cutaneous wounds, but it can do so quickly, bringing much-needed relief to these patients.

"After achieving very positive results in leg ulcers by using stem cell technology, we applied this approach with the addition of bioengineered skin to the digital ulcers seen in systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) patients and managed to close the wounds within two weeks.

"For cutaneous wounds that are difficult to heal, the use of stem cells combined with bioengineered skin appears to be a promising therapeutic option, as wounds' closure speed is dramatic," says Vincent Falanga, M.D., F.A.C.P., professor of dermatology and biochemistry at Boston University, Boston, and chairman of the department of dermatology and skin surgery at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, R.I. He is also the principal investigator of a recently renewed National Institutes of Health Center of Biomedical Research Excellence at the medical center, totally focused on tissue repair and stem cells.

Continue Reading here:
 
More articles :

» Frequency of Sexual Dysfunction In Women With Rheumatic Diseases

Sexuality is part of human life and of quality of life, accounting for individual well-being. It relates not only to sexual intercourse itself, but also to a whole spectrum that ranges from self-image and self-valuing to relationship with the...

» Cancer Risk Among Patients With Systemic Sclerosis: A Nationwide Population Study In Taiwan

C-F Kuo, S-F Luo, K-H Yu, I-J Chou, W-Y Tseng, H-C Chang, Y-F Fang, M-J Chiou, L-C SeePosted online on December 11, 2011Objectives: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) has been associated with high cancer risk. We compared the cancer risk among SSc patients...

» Enhanced Survival Found With Early Detection of Scleroderma-Associated PAH

Early detection of incident systemic sclerosis–associated enhanced survival in a prospective cohort study of 131 patients from the multicenter PHAROS, according to data presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.The...

» Women and Autoimmunity

50:1, 9:1, 2:1 these are just some ratios of autoimmune disease disparities between women and men. The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) hosted the Capitol Hill briefing, The War Within: Women and Autoimmunity, on Tuesday, October 11 to...

» Millions Around World To Observe Rare Disease Day

Millions Around World To Observe Rare Disease DayThe Relief Foundation will be joining the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and others around the world in observing World Rare Disease Day on February 28, 2011.  On this day,...

» Stanford Medical Researchers Discover Master Regulator of Skin Development

The surface of your skin, called the , is a complex mixture of many different cell types — each with a very specific job. The production, or differentiation, of such a sophisticated tissue requires an immense amount of coordination at the cellular...

Add comment

Do feel free to leave your comments, as they would add value and knowledge to the community. However, please refrain from making any disparaging, uninformed, or unrelated comments. Thanks :)

Security code
Refresh