Monday, February 18, 2013

MS Radio: Stem Cells Can Change Lives - Tuesday, Feb 19th

On Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
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Join us on Multiple Sclerosis Radio as the Director of MSstation™ Radio Judi Lecoq and her panel of nine individuals candidly share their testimonies of living with Multiple Sclerosis and their experiences after undergoing Stem Cell Treatment.


Judi Lecoq

I was diagnosed with Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis in 1997, and began the Stem Cell Journey, with Fundraising January 2010.

SammyJo Wilkinson

Diagnosed ’95 relapsing remitting MS, secondary progressed by 2002. May 2012 I had adult stem cells in Houston, TX

Jennifer Ziegler

I was diagnosed with MS in 2004. I started thinking about Adult Stem Cell Therapy around 6 yrs. ago.

Holly Huber

Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2004. Within months of my official diagnosis, I couldn’t walk. I was quickly facing having to live the rest of my life in a wheelchair and needing to depend on someone else 24/7 for survival. After 9 months of clinical research, in 2008 I had my first stem cell treatment.

Fiona Sparrow

Diagnosed 2005 with RRMS in 2009. Then I was told I had Malignant MS an extremely aggressive form. Only 3-5% of patients have this form. In December 29/2011 I underwent a full bone marrow transplant/stem cell transplant!

Annette Williams

Diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting MS in 2008. In 2010 it progressed to secondary progressive. I heard about stem cell therapy and begin researching about it. Following a fund raiser I went and had adult stem cells.

Carla Hickman

Diagnosed in May of 2003 with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. I began looking into stem cells in 2009 and went to Costa Rica in 2010.

Kane Roper

Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis for roughly 7 – 8 years, before receiving stem cell treatment last Christmas.

Richard Humphries

In October of 2005 after several hundred tonic seizures, I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. By March 2007, it transition to Secondary Progressive MS. My wife and I were looking at a wheelchair. By the time I chose to have his first Stem Cell Treatments in 2008, I was completely bedridden. My Stem Cell Journey is long and varied.

Preston Walker

Diagnosed on Dec. 2001 with RRMS. I went down for ASC treatment on May 2008, June of 2009 and July of 2010.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Allogeneic and autogolous stem cell therapy combined with physical rehabilitation - A case report on a chronically injured man with quadriplegia

This is a research paper written by Rebecca Johnston, Daniel Leonard's sister. She recently graduated from a Physical Therapy degree program, and wrote her Capstone paper about Daniel's stem cell therapy treatment in Panama.

Daniel is presented anonymously in the paper, but Rebecca and Daniel have given their permission for this paper to be shared. Daniel's ASIA scores (pre and post treatment) are in the appendix of this paper.

Allogeneic and autogolous stem cell therapy combined with physical rehabilitation: A case report on a chronically injured man with quadriplegia


Background and Purpose: Stem cell therapy for SCI is a potentially promising treatment with increasing interest. This case report describes the use of a particular stem cell therapy protocol for a patient with chronic spinal cord injury, and describes his subsequent therapy and outcomes.

Case Description: The patient is a 29-year-old male who is chronically injured from a cervical spinal injury, resulting in quadriplegia. The patient was treated with a combined protocol of intrathecal (IT) and intravaneous (IV) allogeneic MSC and CD34+ cells and IT autologous BMMC at 6 ½ years post-injury. The results track the patient’s physical therapy progress until 6 months following stem cell treatment.

Outcomes: Recovery of strength in upper extremity and lower extremity muscle groups was noted, along with a functional increase in grip strength, ability to ambulate with assistance, and a significant decrease in daily medications.
Discussion: This case supports further investigation into treatment of chronically injured SCI patients with stem cell therapy followed by physical therapy.

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A few highlights:

"After the patient underwent the stem cell treatment and returned to outpatient physical therapy in his hometown clinic in the United States, his MMT scores were tested over the period of 5 months post-stem cell treatment.... The patient did not decrease in strength in any of the muscles tested, and experienced improvements in 6/13 upper extremity muscle groups, and 8/9 lower extremity muscle groups."

"The patient also had an increase in grip strength. His grip strength was measured by his occupational therapist to be 5 lbs on the right and 25 lbs on the left at one month before his stem cell treatment. Six months later, his grip strength was measured to be 22 lbs on the right and 36 lbs on the left. The patient reported that this increase in grip strength led to functional improvements, such as being able to self-catheterize, which he was completely unable to do since his injury."

"The patient was also able to ambulate for the first time in 5 years at approximately 4 months after finishing his treatment. He was able to ambulate in partial weight bearing with the harness and max assist of two for 40 yards at .5 MPH."

The original post on Daniel Leonard's blog can be found here.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine:Mechanisms of action, sources, and delivery options

Neil Riordan, PhD, Founder of the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama will be speaking today, Wednesday, Feb 6 at the STEMSO International Stem Cell Society 2013 Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The topic of Dr. Riordan's discussion will be "Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine:Mechanisms of action, sources, and delivery options"

The theme for this year's event is "Autologous Stem Cells: Who gets to decide..."