Monday, September 21, 2009

WADA to Approve PRP

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) just decided to allow the use of PRP for most problems. They will still prohibit its use via an intramuscular injection. This is an interesting and important development. I know that significant analysis went into this decision. Fortunately, elite athletes can now have access to the same valuable treatment that has been used on weekend warriors.

"The agency addressed platelet-derived preparations, commonly referred to as platelet-rich plasma or “blood- spinning," (...a process in which the platelets are removed from the blood and reinjected at the site of an injury for speedier healing). The preparations are prohibited when administered by the intramuscular route. Other methods of administration will require a declaration of use." (Reported by Nancy Kercheval from Bloomberg, See Full Article)

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Stem Cells from Liposuction

Is it too good to be true? Can you really make stem cells out of liposuction fat?

Yes, you can is the simple answer. The process takes some complicated steps that may result in tumor formation. So, years will be needed to simplify the concept of turning fat into stem cells. The field of autologous medicine (autologous = your own stuff such as fat or blood) is evolving rapidly. Platelet rich plasma is specific example of this type of medicine.

Read the abstract and article below. This is science not science fiction.

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"Stanford researchers have found that globs of fat removed during liposuction contain cells that can be efficiently reprogrammed to become induced pluripotent stem cells — a type of stem cell that does not require the use of an embryo.

The findings were scheduled to be published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a Stanford press release said.

Stanford surgery professor and study co-author Dr. Michael Longaker described the leftover fat as "liquid gold." (From the Mercury News: See the full article)
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