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
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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