Patients regain sensation and muscle function in affected limbs in early trial of CelGro nerve regeneration treatment

Orthocell Limited is running an early clinical trial with 20 patients and has reported that they have seen motor control restored in 4 of the patients who had a 'muscle power score of 0'. These initial 4 patients apparently reached a score of 4 ( 0-5 scale ), representing a 83% improvement. Results from the first trials are still ongoing. 15 of the 20 patients have been given the treatment, and the company is...

Transplanting Gut Bacteria Alters Depression-related Behavior, Brain Inflammation in Animals, CHOP finds

Scientists have shown that transplanting gut bacteria from an animal that is vulnerable to social stress to a non-stressed animal can cause vulnerable behavior in the recipient. The research reveals details of biological interactions between the brain and gut that may someday lead to probiotic treatments for human psychiatric disorders such as depression. ...
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Columbia University Medical Center demonstrates regeneration of severely damaged donor lungs, potentially increasing supply of donor lungs

About 80 percent of the already limited supply of donor lungs are too damaged to be considered for transplantation, according to senior author Matthew Bacchetta, MD, MBA, MA, associate professor of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A new technique to rehabilitate lungs that are too damaged to be considered for transplant could benefit an increasing population of patients with end-stage lung disease. Bacchetta and colleagues from Columbia...

MTF Biologics introduces moldable cartilage allograft for cartilage lesions

MTF Biologics has introduced a new mold-able, putty-like allograft for filling in cartilage lesions called 'CartiMax'. The putty contains chondrocytes and chondrogenic growth factors, which are said to proliferate and secrete components found in hyaline cartilage ( proteoglycans and collagen type II). It is indicated for use in filling cartilage lesions in knees, ankles, and other joints; and is said to integrate into the surrounding cartilage tissue. The allograft material is...

Autism symptoms reduced ~50% two years after fecal transplant

Those who believe that autism is related to the gut-brain connection have been vindicated today, as Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute has shown stunning results by addressing the gut biome of autistic children. It has long been known the the microbiome in autistic children is often abnormal or sparse. Operating on this idea, researchers at ASU followed a MTT approach, which involved '10 weeks of treatment, including pre-treatment with vancomycin, a bowel cleanse,...