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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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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15

Foods That Help Hair, Skin and Nail Health

Foods That Help Hair, Skin and Nail Health
​ Our hair, skin and nails are some of our favorite features to primp when we're trying to look our best. That's why when something is off, we tend to notice it right away. In many cases, our bodies use our hair, skin and nails to signal when something is wrong, so keeping an eye out for any problems in these areas is a good way to monitor your ove...
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