August 7, 2012 - Doctors in London say the first child to undergo a stem cell tracheal transplant is doing well. Surgeons implanted a donor tracheal into Kiran Finange two years ago, lining it with the boys own stem cells so his body wouldn't reject it. Researchers say the 13-year-old new organ is getting stronger everyday and Kieran is back at school and breathing normally. According to experts, this research should help to convert one-off successes such as this, into more widely available clinical treatments for thousands of children with severe tracheal problems worldwide.
Also, stem cells extracted during liposuction could be used to help millions of people with heart disease. Researchers at the University of Oklahoma said they used stem cells to grow small blood vessels in a lab. The goal is to use the vessels in heart bypass surgery and in other procedures, to reduce the risk of rejection. The lead author of the study said these liposuction-derived vessels could help solve major problems associated with grafting blood vessels from other places in the body, or form using artificial blood vessels that are not living tissue. Testing on animals is expected to happen within months.
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