JAN
11

3 Awesome Benefits of Hair Transplantation

3 Awesome Benefits of Hair Transplantation

There are several ways by which people tackle hair loss. For many people, once they do a bit of research, they discover that hair transplantation seems like the best among all the options – and for good reasons. Find out why in this blog from Dr. Mark Foster.

1. Results Are Permanent and Enduring

Because the hair from your hair-restoration procedure is immune to the hormone dihydrotestosterone and its destructive tendencies, you get to enjoy hair that never thins and stays right where it should for long periods of time. DHT is believed to cause the miniaturization of hair follicles, which may contribute to male-pattern hair loss. 

Once the hair-replacement procedure has been performed, physicians normally prescribe Propecia or Minodixil-based therapies to preserve scalp areas vulnerable to the effects of DHT.

The permanence of the results from your hair-transplantation procedure will be the single biggest advantage when you compare this procedure to other short-term solutions.

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JAN
11

Introducing Progesterone, the 'Feel-Good Hormone'

Introducing Progesterone, the 'Feel-Good Hormone'

Progesterone is known by several aliases, including the "feel-good hormone" and the "happy hormone." So, when a hormone bears aliases like these, you know it really is important. But what exactly is progesterone, and what does it do?

Anxiety and Depression

Progesterone is synthesized in the central nervous system and is known to affect certain nerve functions that impact our mood and calmness. It also reduces feelings of anxiety and depression.

It is known to further enhance the already-stellar effect of gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate communication between brain cells. Progesterone's anti-anxiety effect is similar to the effect of benzodiazepine drugs – without the possibility of addiction!

When Progesterone Is Lost

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JAN
04

Stem Cells Have Memories, Too

Stem Cells Have Memories, Too

 

When you were a child, did you ever injure yourself in such a way you inadvertently taught yourself a lesson? For example, children who touch the burner on a hot stove likely won’t make the same mistake twice. Maybe you ate a food that went bad and it got you very sick - so sick that you refuse to eat that food ever again.

These behaviors are human nature - we learn from our mistakes. But did you know the human brain isn’t the only part of the body that learns from previous mistakes? That’s right - stem cells can "learn" from previous injuries, too.

According to researchers from New York University, stem cells have the ability to learn from past injury and adapt so as not to repeat the behavior that caused said injury again. Pretty cool, right? Definitely - unless the message gets mixed up along the way. Then, according to researchers, those mixed messages can cause a whole list of ailments, including chronic inflammation, allergic reactions and more. This helps them to prevent future injury and do their job to protect the body.

Even cooler? There is evidence to suggest that data collected by present generations of stem cells can be "handed down" to future generations of stem cells within the same body, all as a means to protect the body from harm. And this is more good news, because this means they could be used to design future treatments, making some of these conditions – particularly allergies – obsolete.

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JAN
04

Why Women Still Need Testosterone

Why Women Still Need Testosterone

It may come as a surprise, but normal functioning ovaries still produce testosterone along with estrogen. Most people think of testosterone as just the male sex hormone, but just like estrogen, its function goes far beyond reproductive and sexual purposes in the body.

Hormones generally regulate our body activities when it come to cells, tissues and organs. Although estrogen is more commonly known for its role in the development of breasts and the female reproductive organs, it also plays vital roles in other functions such as mood, sleep, libido and memory, as well as learning and attention span. It can also impact bone mass, skin elasticity, blood vessel dilation and our perception of pain.

Women Also Produce Testosterone

Most people are surprised to learn that women do in fact produce testosterone. This testosterone plays a role in managing libido and sexual response. It helps with brain function and behavior, strengthens the ligaments, and helps build bone and muscle, among functions. Like estrogen, this hormone also regulates sleep and helps to prevent cardiovascular problems.

Men and Women Both Need Testosterone 

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DEC
15

Stem Cells to Treat ALS?

Stem Cells to Treat ALS?

 For the approximately 6,000 people diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, each year, there is often very little hope. With no cure and very little in the way of treatment, ALS patients can expect to survive from two to five years following their diagnosis. But a promising new therapy may soon change all of that, and it's offering a lot of hope to ALS patients and their families.

That treatment is the safe and versatile stem cell therapy. A recent study in the journal Current Opinion in Neurology, titled "Stem Cell Transplantation for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis," states that though there is currently no approved stem cell therapy for ALS patients, this could all change thanks to new findings from researchers. Though researchers are currently unable to pinpoint the exact type of stem cells that would work best with ALS patients, they believe they have isolated a way to safely inject stem cells intrathecally into the cerebrospinal fluid. This has been shown to be a safe and effective way to reduce inflammation and protect nerve cells.

The study has now moved on to phase 3, which is human trials. Researchers are expected to conclude by July 2019. The speed at which the trials are being conducted shows great promise to both patients and researchers, as it further advances treatment options for ALS patients, but also further legitimizes stem cell therapy as a valid form of medical treatment.

To learn more about how stem cell therapy can help you, please call Dr. Mark Foster’s office at 442-227-0852.

DEC
15

Under Our Skin: A Stem Cell Breakthrough

Under Our Skin: A Stem Cell Breakthrough

 

A recent study out of Lund University in Sweden has isolated a way to turn skin stem cells into blood stem cells. If you’re wondering why they’d want to do that, the answer is a pretty cool one.

You see, skin stem cells are plentiful - not to mention easily accessible - since they’re in your skin. But blood stem cells aren’t as easy to use or access as skin stem cells, nor are they as reliable to use. That’s because once extracted they can break down and lose important properties that make them useful in the stem cell extraction process.

Blood stem cells also cannot be used to treat certain diseases because if the disease is already in the bloodstream, and thus in the stem cell already, it would not be effective. But in some cases, converting skin stem cells to blood cells shows promise where using straight blood stem cells does not.

According to researchers, with this new procedure it takes up to 25 days for the new cells to replicate, but once they are done, they are virtually identical to blood stem cells, even following the same process by which blood stem cells produce during the embryonic stage.

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DEC
10

Can Royal Jelly Be the Key to Stem Cell Therapy?

Can Royal Jelly Be the Key to Stem Cell Therapy?

 

With so many applications for stem cell therapy already in use, it's easy to imagine a day when more illnesses are treated by these powerful little cells. Unfortunately, stem cell therapy has stalled in recent years when many research projects found that mouse cells matured when they were supposed to multiply. But a compound found in something called royal jelly may change all that.

Royal jelly is a product fed to bee larva to help them grow. It is also what determines who is the queen bee in a hive - the bee who eats the most royal jelly grows larger and faster, winning the coveted spot, and the rest, as they say, is bee history. But now, scientists at Stanford are saying that royal jelly may be able to be used for more than just bees - it may hold the key to helping human stem cells multiply instead of mature.

The key is in a biproduct called royalactin, which is found in royal jelly. Stanford researchers discovered that royalactin was able to regenerate cells.

The royalactin (which has now been named Regina, which means queen) is currently being tested for treatment of everything from heart attacks to Alzheimer’s and ulcers. Regina could have broad but vital implications for people undergoing stem cell therapy, as it could vastly improve their treatment if scientists can replicate the cell regeneration effect in humans.

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DEC
10

Can Stem Cell Therapy Help Heart Attack Patients?

Can Stem Cell Therapy Help Heart Attack Patients?

 

A recent study by the Hubrecht Institute in The Netherlands found that, following a heart attack, adult hearts lack the necessary stem cells to repair heart tissue. This is especially troubling since most heart attacks occur in people over the age of 45 - in fact, the average ages of heart attack patients are 66 for men and 70 for women.

While a person is having a heart attack, a portion of the blood supply to their heart is cut off. This essentially kills off cells in the heart during the attack, and as of yet there is nothing that can be done to regenerate those cells. Stem cells have tremendous healing capabilities and can help patients with many different injuries and illnesses, but there is no data that shows that preserving or regenerating the cells that die during a heart attack would be possible.

Researchers on the Hubrecht study were able to pinpoint fibroblasts within the heart’s connective tissue that divide during a cardiac episode such as a heart attack. But those divisions cause scar tissue, which has its own purpose. Researchers found that when blocked, the scar tissue caused cardiac rupture.

The takeaway here is to live a healthy, active lifestyle to reduce your risk of having a cardiac episode such as a heart attack. Eating a balanced diet, exercising and taking good care of your oral health can all reduce your heart attack risk.

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NOV
16

November Is National What Month?!

November Is National What Month?!

It's an issue that doesn't get a lot of attention but affects 30 million men in the United States alone. Now, the month of November has been singled out as a time of support and awareness of a condition that many men find difficult to talk about, even with their partners or doctor: impotency.

It’s a common myth that erectile dysfunction is a normal part of aging. While it’s true that it is most common later in life, it’s almost always caused by a health problem that can be remedied. For some, hormone level changes are the cause, while others may be suffering from heart disease, hypertension or diabetes that could be linked to ED. 

Many medications can also cause ED as a side effect, and as you age you may find yourself on more medications than ever before. In fact, checking the side effects of the medications you are on is a great first step in discovering the source of your ED. If you find out one or more of them could be the cause, talk to your doctor about switching to other medications without this side effect.

Lifestyle factors can also be the cause of ED. Stress, anxiety and depression have been shown to directly affect sexual health in many ways, including the ability to get and maintain an erection. Smoking, drinking excessively and even weight gain can all contribute to symptoms of ED as well.

There are several treatment options for men who are suffering from this condition. It’s important to find out the source of the symptoms before beginning treatment.

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NOV
16

Have Researchers Found the Fountain of Youth?

Have Researchers Found the Fountain of Youth?

For many people, aging feels like a runaway train that we can do nothing about. We might not feel in our hearts and souls that we have aged and continue to age, but our reflection in the mirror and the aches and pains in our bodies say otherwise. Men and women have even died on their quests for the fountain of youth or any way to stay young forever. Finally, researchers may have just discovered the medical field’s version of the fountain of youth in fat stem cells.

Fighting Aging with Fat

Before you run out and start eating the most fattening foods you can find in order to look younger, hear us out. The fat itself doesn’t help with aging, but what is found inside that fat could! Adipose stem cells are found in the body’s fat, especially around the abdomen and back. These stem cells can be used to repair tissue damage and even help treat skin from the inside out by helping form new, healthy skin cells. 

What Is Adipose Stem Cell Therapy?

Adipose stem cell therapy is actually a lot less invasive than it sounds. Using liposuction, fat is removed from around the abdomen or back and then spun in a centrifuge to extract as many stem cells as possible. Then, the stem cells are injected into the area of injury or treatment and begin working to regenerate and repair cells right away. The procedure is all outpatient, meaning you can return home the same day.

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NOV
15

This Star Found a Way to a Pain-Free Golf Swing

This Star Found a Way to a Pain-Free Golf Swing

At 78 years old, retired pro golfing celebrity Jack Nicklaus, also known as the Golden Bear, is still in the game. But over the years he has had to withdraw from a number of tournaments due to back pain problems. He’s told sources over the years that he’s tried almost every treatment available to alleviate his pain and stay in the game, including surgical options with long, painful recoveries. But nothing seemed to work, at least not long term. That is, until he learned about stem cell therapy using adipose stem cells found in abdominal fat.

In the treatment process, adipose stem cells are removed from the patient’s own abdominal fat using liposuction. The retrieved cells are then optimized for treatment and injected into the "problem area." Experts believe this works because the stem cells begin to work immediately to repair injured cells and restore the health and function of the damaged area. These stem cells are unspecified cells with the ability to develop into specialized cells, tissues and organs. In fact, when cells are damaged, they send out signals to any nearby stem cells lying dormant that they are in need of their help to heal and regenerate. One of the best parts of this treatment compared to others for the same ailments is that it is quick and is an outpatient procedure, meaning patients can return home the same day.

In an interview, Nicklaus stated that the procedure was so successful he can stand for as long as he wants now and is golfing free of pain. He also says he will pursue stem cell therapy on his rotator cuff soon as he is now a firm believer in the use of stem cells to treat injuries.

For more information on stem cell therapy or to schedule an in-person or over-the-phone consultation with Dr. Foster about how stem cells can help you, call us today at 442-227-0708.

NOV
15

A Quick Switch Up Of These Food Staples Can Help with Inflammation

A Quick Switch Up Of These Food Staples Can Help with Inflammation

The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, affects over 2 million adults in the United States alone. The pain, stiffness and swelling can make life extremely difficult and day-to-day tasks can quickly become too painful to bear, leading to a greatly diminished quality of life. Some osteoarthritis sufferers have actually found that changes to their diet can help improve symptoms and make life a little easier.

One reason dietary change may help with osteoarthritis is that it gives the body what it needs to be at its healthiest and fight to prevent further damage to joints. Eating foods that help naturally reduce inflammation is the key, as well as including vitamins A, C and E and antioxidants. Another important aspect of your diet is reducing your cholesterol and maintaining a healthy weight in the process.

Here are a few important foods to include in your diet:

No. 1: Oils such as extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil and safflower oil can help with inflammation and cholesterol levels.

No. 2: Dark leafy greens are a healthy choice no matter what ailment you face. They’re rich in vitamin D and high in antioxidants. This combination can help boost the immune system.

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OCT
15

Understanding Hair Loss

Understanding Hair Loss

Have you ever showered or brushed your hair and noticed a lot of strands falling out - followed by panic setting in that you may be going bald? If so, you’re not alone. Going bald is one of many fears held by both men and women as they age. It’s hard to know how much hair loss is normal and when it means there could be a problem on the horizon without in-depth knowledge of the hair life cycle and the ins and outs of hair loss. Today we’re going to give you the scoop on what the hair cycle looks like and when you should be worried about hair loss.

The Hair Life Cycle

There are three basic stages to the hair life cycle: the anagen phase, the catagen phase and the telogen phase. Not all hair follicles go through the same phases at the same time, which is why it’s normal to always be losing a little hair. Let’s break the phases down.

Anagen Phase

The anagen phase is the growth phase. Hair grows about half an inch a month on average but grows a little faster in the summer and a little slower in the winter. This phase usually lasts three to five years.

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OCT
15

6 Natural Ways to Help with Menopause

6 Natural Ways to Help with Menopause

Menopause hits most women like a brick between the ages of 40 and 50. Hormonal changes bring hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia and vaginal dryness, to name just a few symptoms. It can make life challenging, frustrating and downright exhausting for many women. Here are six natural ways to combat the symptoms of menopause.

1. Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Sugary and Spicy Foods

These foods can make you feel even more sluggish and can actually trigger hot flashes and mood swings.

2. Try to Exercise Every Day, Even If It’s Just 20 Minutes

Research shows that moving your body every single day can improve mood, relieve stress and keep your mind and body healthier.

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SEP
21

Stress Hurts, and Not Just Mentally

Stress Hurts, and Not Just Mentally

If you’ve ever found yourself in a stressful situation - and chances are you have at some point in your life - you may have noticed some surprising physical symptoms, such as sweaty palms or a sick feeling in your stomach. This is because stress doesn’t just affect us mentally or emotionally - it also affects us physically.

Acne and Skin Issues

It’s true, stress does trigger acne in some people. It can also trigger psoriasis and other skin issues.

Weight Fluctuations

There are several ways stress can interfere with weight gain, weight loss and appetite. Everyone is affected differently by stress, but one of the most common concerns with stress is fluctuation of weight caused by emotional responses like overeating or even overeating caused by an imbalance of the stress hormone cortisol.

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SEP
19

The Basics: Stem Cell Therapy and Arthritis

The Basics: Stem Cell Therapy and Arthritis

One of the most promising areas of today’s stem cell clinical trials and research is treating arthritis and other degenerative conditions. Although there is still much to discover about stem cells, their ability to communicate with other cells in the body to stimulate tissue growth and healing is invaluable to modern medicine in many different areas.

What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that seeks to help the body heal itself. There is still much to be discovered about how stem cell therapy works, but it’s believed that the body’s stem cells communicate with other cells in the body to reverse damage and potentially repair injuries, illnesses and diseases.

Why Is Arthritis So Hard to Treat?

The term arthritis actually refers to about 200 different conditions and diseases that cause a range of symptoms and interfere with daily quality of life in varying degrees. There is still no cure, so treatment revolves around managing symptoms and controlling pain. Part of the reason for this is that experts still don't know much about the cause of arthritis. Current treatment usually includes medications to help control inflammation and stop the progression of joint damage, as well as physical therapy and lifestyle changes.

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SEP
18

These 4 Hormones Control Weight

These 4 Hormones Control Weight

One of the biggest struggles women face as they age is trying to maintain their weight as they face perimenopause and menopause. What many don’t realize is the fluctuation of hormones and imbalance that is likely occurring could be causing weight-related problems. By balancing hormones, these issues can often very easily be corrected. So, what are the four hormones most closely related to weight?

Estrogen

Estrogen levels tend to decrease during menopause, but even though they are decreasing, you could still be gaining weight due to estrogen dominance. How? Estrogen dominance occurs when estrogen levels are higher than progesterone levels, and if your progesterone levels are decreasing more rapidly than your estrogen levels, this could be the problem. It’s very common.

Leptin

Leptin is the hormone responsible for telling your brain that you're full when eating. Modern diets full of sugar and too much fructose, commonly found in many popular foods, often lead to an excess of leptin. This could cause your body to become leptin resistant and unable to tell when you're full.

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SEP
18

What Is Male Pattern Baldness?

What Is Male Pattern Baldness?

Are you experiencing hair loss that begins at the temples or crown of your head? Is your hair line receding in an "M" shape? If so, you may be struggling with male pattern baldness.

Also known as androgenic alopecia, male pattern baldness is the most common form of hair loss among men, and more than 50 percent of men over the age of 50 will be affected in some way by this hair-loss condition.

In most cases, the condition is genetic. In fact, research suggests that genetic factors are at least 80 percent to blame for the condition. It’s not just the maternal side that factors into play, either, even though that’s a common misconception. Because the condition is believed to be polygenetic, or involving more than one gene, it can come from either side of the family, and having immediate family members with baldness increases your risk by up to 50 percent.

Dr. Foster specializes in helping men get their youthfully full heads of hair back using a process called FUE, or follicular unit extraction, hair transplant. It’s currently the most modern and advanced technique when it comes to hair transplantation and involves extracting hair follicles from a donor site, typically the back of the neck, using a specialized instrument. The follicles are transplanted into the recipient area with the use of grafts to create a natural and realistic hair pattern. Once complete, the hair begins to grow in its new home.

To learn more about FUE hair transplants or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Foster, call us today at 442-227-0827.

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AUG
15

Can Stem Cells Improve Golf Games?

Can Stem Cells Improve Golf Games?
​ After years of working hard, you've finally retired and now get to enjoy working on your golf game and spending as much time on the green as you want. Everything was going great ... until the extreme joint pain hit. If this story sounds familiar, you aren't alone. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis is proj...
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AUG
15

What Our Hair, Skin and Nails Are Trying to Tell Us

What Our Hair, Skin and Nails Are Trying to Tell Us
Our bodies use our hair, nails and skin to give us clues about our overall health. Check out what each of these signs could mean and how you can help identify when there is a problem. What Your Hair Says About Your Health A thick, shiny and soft head of hair is coveted by many because it's not only a sign of beauty, but also an underlying sign of h...
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