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Know the Signs of Osteoarthritis

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Are you experiencing joint pain? Muscle weakness? Stiffness with movement? You may be experiencing the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis. Dr. Johnson treats osteoarthritis patients using stem cell therapy that uses their very own stem cells. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It can impact any joint of the body. Common joints affected include the hips and knees, but many patients experience osteoarthritis in their wrists, hands, and fingers. Some people experience it in their spine, too. Osteoarthritis can strike at any age, but the typical onset is after the age of 40 as a result of aging. Younger patients with the condition may experience it as a result of injury or wear and tear caused by overuse. Symptoms of the condition include pain in a joint or joints that occurs with movement, stiffness in joints after lying down or sitting for long periods, joints that are swollen...
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The Pain of PN

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Peripheral neuropathy is a painful nerve condition impacting some 20 million Americans each year. Symptoms of the condition include burning, paralysis, pain, tingling, and numbness, usually in the feet and legs. Patients with the condition are also at risk of developing sores and ulcers on their legs and feet, leaving them open to infection. Peripheral neuropathy develops when the nervous system becomes damaged by injury or illness, and the condition can impact the motor and sensory nerves, as well as the nerves that control the actions of our body’s automatic systems, like digestion. Dr. Johnson treats patients with peripheral neuropathy with stem cell therapy here at Innovations Stem Cells. Causes of the condition include exposure to toxins and alcohol abuse. Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an auto-immune disorder that attacks the body’s peripheral nerves which help control muscle movements, can also cause peripheral neuropathy.  Much of the time the cause is unknown.  Diabetics...
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Take Heart: New Study on Stem Cells Shows Potential for Healing Damaged Heart Muscle

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A Japanese study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association in April shows promise that stem cells taken from the thigh of a heart failure patient could be a new way to treat heart failure. Researchers on the project performed at Osaka University have used the stem cells found in the muscle tissue of the thigh to create a patch to repair damaged heart muscle. This is extremely exciting news for physicians and stem cell researchers around the world, as cardiac tissue does not easily regenerate, if it regenerates at all. As part of the project, the Japanese scientists isolated the stem cell from the rest of the tissue and organized them into a 4-cm patch. They glued this stem cell patch to damaged areas on the hearts of 27 study participants to help regenerate cells and boost performance in surrounding tissue. The growth factors contained in the...
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What Is Regenerative Medicine?

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At Innovations Stem Cell Center, we naturally talk a lot about the uses and benefits of adipose fat stem cell therapy. We also talk about things like platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, and its uses and benefits. These are things that we are passionate about – not only because we regularly see the benefits of these therapies in our patients, but because we are really excited about potential additional treatments using stem cells. We want you to be excited about stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, too! Dr. Johnson is always on the cutting edge of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine research and technology and takes a moment to explain what regenerative medicine is in this blog. What is regenerative medicine? Regenerative medicine is an area of medicine concerned with the body’s ability to heal itself. Regenerative medicine goes beyond the healing process of minor cuts and scrapes but instead...
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Taking Control: How the Body Controls Stem Cells

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An international team of researchers in combination with scientists from the Luxembourg Center for System Biomedicine at the University of Luxembourg has discovered how the body develops red and white blood cells from progenitor cells. Researchers on the project are hopeful that their new discovery will lead to explanations as to how the body creates different cells and improved stem cell treatments. Progenitor cells, like stem cells, have the ability to change into a specific cell type. Although more specific than a stem cell, they are not as defined as a specific cell type like a skin cell or a nerve cell. Progenitor cells and stem cells differ in the fact that stem cells replicate multiple times without end, while progenitor stem cells have a limit to how often they can divide. Researchers on the project applied growth hormones to the blood cells of mice and watched how these cells...
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Stem Cells Research May Help Save Heart Attack Patients

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Every day of the year, scientists and researchers are working on new applications and treatments for stem cells in order to treat patients for a range of conditions – from spinal injuries, nerve conditions, lung diseases and much more. One new application of stem cell therapy has been found to treat damaged heart muscle tissue after a patient suffers a heart attack. All things stem cell is Dr. Johnson’s passion – so we are excited to share yet another example of the benefits of stem cells. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control estimate that every 43 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a heart attack. Heart attacks occur when blood vessels become blocked, either as a result of a blood clot or from atherosclerosis, which occurs as a result of plaque buildup from a bad diet, disease, or genetics. When heart attacks occur, the muscle of the heart...
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Stem Cell Treatments for Achilles Tendon Injuries Get Patients Back to Activity Faster Than Traditional Treatments

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Achilles tendonitis and tears are painful conditions that sideline many athletes and active individuals from their favorite sports or activities each year. Patients with these injuries often become frustrated with traditional self-care treatments like rest, ice and over the counter pain relievers because their inability to bring relief. Surgical interventions also do not guarantee results, and patients, tired of pain and inactivity, are now turning to new therapies. One new therapy is SVF stem cell therapy that uses stem cells to treat damaged Achilles tendons and other soft tissue injuries. The Achilles tendon is a band of thick, tough tissue that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone in the foot. It is the largest tendon in the human body, and also the most strong. This tendon gives the foot its ability to flex, and plays a key role in normal daily functions walking, and other physical activities like...
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How Stem Cells Can Help ED

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Many patients with erectile dysfunction chalk the disorder up to simply a consequence of getting older. While erectile dysfunction is more common in men over the age of seventy-five, it can actually happen at any age. Over three million men in the United States are diagnosed with erectile dysfunction each year, making it one of the most common health complaints reported by men. Erectile dysfunction can be frustrating, embarrassing, stressful, and cause strain on intimate relationships. Dr. Johnson treats men for erectile dysfunction with stem cell therapy to bring back function – and self-confidence. While aging may be a cause of erectile dysfunction, many other factors contribute to the disorder, as well. Physical causes of erectile dysfunction include injuries, the use of certain medications, hormonal issues, such as low testosterone, and some health conditions, like diabetes, high blood pressure, and Peyronie’s Disease. Other factors may be psychological or emotional, like stress...
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Stem Cell Therapy Provides Relief for Peyronie's Patients

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Peyronie’s disease is a painful inflammatory condition that results in erectile dysfunction in many men and causes the development and buildup of tough scar tissue inside of the penis. This scar tissue buildup causes the penis to curve – resulting in painful erections and for many, embarrassing sexual dysfunction. Treatment for Peyronie’s disease involves a range of long-term therapies that include vitamins and hormones, but may sufferers live without treatment, out of embarrassment. Peyronie’s patients do not have to suffer any longer, however, as new treatments involving stem cells have become available to reduce inflammation and restore sexual function for many men. The penis is made up of sponge-like tissue that when filled with blood expands and stretches. This tissue is surrounded by a sheath-like membrane that protects the inner tissue of the penis. When a penis functions normally, the skin of the penis stays flexible to allow the tissue...
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Exciting Stem Cell Therapy News

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Stem cells have long been under the microscope – examined, tested, and researched in hopes that they held the keys to treating incurable diseases, mystery conditions, and even spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Johnson treats patients for many diseases and disorders using stem cells and is always excited to share stem cell news, research, and innovations. This blog is about a recent breakthrough for a stem cell therapy patient. Although not treated by Dr. Johnson, the news is exciting nonetheless. A stem cell study trial participant, Kris Boesen, had lost the ability to move his arms and hands after a serious car accident that had occurred in early 2016. Unable to move or even feed himself, Boesen’s quality of life was greatly diminished, and he became depressed. Boesen chose to participate in a clinic trial in hopes of being able to regain some movement. Just weeks after his...
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A Brief History of Fat Transfer

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Each year, more and more people are opting to go under the needle than under the knife. Fat grafting is becoming a popular alternative to cosmetic surgery across the United States. While fat grafting is gaining traction, it is not exactly a new procedure. In fact, it’s been around for over one hundred and twenty years. It has come a long way since its beginnings. Dr. Johnson performs a very modern fat grafting procedure called High Volume Precision Fat Grafting, as an alternative to invasive cosmetic surgeries. Fat grafting, also referred to as fat transfer or fat injection, initially was used as a way to correct facial deformities. It may surprise you that the first fat graft was actually performed in 1893. This pioneering procedure took fat from the arm of a patient and injected it into an area around the eye in order to improve the appearance of a...
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Smoking and Cosmetic Procedures Just Don't Mix

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Considering having a cosmetic procedure and you’re a smoker? You may want to take a moment to read this blog before lighting up your next cigarette to find out why smoking and cosmetic procedures don’t mix. In this blog, Dr. Johnson explains why it is best to stop smoking before going under the knife – or the needle. You probably already know that smoking, along with chewing tobacco or using any product that contains nicotine is generally bad for you. The risks of cancer, cardiovascular issues, damage to your teeth and skin, are just a few of the many side effects of using these products. Other effects include vasoconstriction, a condition in which the blood vessels constrict and slow down the flow of blood. Nicotine makes the blood vessels constrict, and when this happens after a cosmetic procedure healing can be impeded. Healing is interrupted because when blood flow is...
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Synthetic Stem Cells - Risk or Reward?

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Late last year, a synthetic cardiac stem cell was created at the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina State University with the hope that the synthetic cell could offer the same or similar benefits to patients as therapies that use natural stem cells. While researchers behind the project have high hopes for treating heart patients, physicians and patients should proceed with caution and care before delving into the world of synthetic cells. Dr. Johnson explains why natural stem cells have lower risks and greater rewards for treating patients for a myriad of medical conditions. The use of natural stem cells, like adipose fat stem cells, taken directly from the patient is more favorable that using synthetic stem cells because the risk of rejection is completely eliminated. Synthetic stem cells carry the risk of rejection, as does synthetic or artificial tissues. Using synthetics may also result in dangerous complications....
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How Can Stem Cells Save You From Migraines?

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Head in a vice. Throbbing head pain. Waves of nausea. Sensitivity to light and sound. Flashes of light. Blurred vision or even vision loss. These are just a few of the ways you may describe your migraine experience. Other symptoms can include vomiting, difficulty speaking, and numbness in the face or extremities, but this list just scratches the surface of this painful condition. Pain and migraine symptoms can last from four to seventy-two hours during a migraine episode, and seriously impact many sufferers’ ability to function at work, in social situations, in their day to day lives. Migraines and their symptoms have even been cited as a reason for divorce in some cases. Dr. Johnson understands that migraines are more than "just a headache." He recognizes the serious impact of migraines on a patient’s quality of life and offers SVF therapy for patients who suffer from the most debilitating migraine...
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Researchers Create a Cell Bandage to Treat Meniscus Tears

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Tears of the meniscus frequently sideline professional athletes, but the injury impacts over 1 million people on average per year, frequently forcing people to give up their favorite activities. Treatment for the painful condition often includes rest, physical therapy, and for many, surgery to bring relief. However, stem cell researchers have tested a new method of treatment that involves the use of stem cells taken from the patient and potentially have found a new way to heal the knee - from the inside out. This new therapy, known and the Cell Bandage, has been developed to treat patients who have tears in the white zone of the meniscus, the area in which the 90 percent of meniscus tears occur. The meniscus is a soft, C-shaped ligament that cushions the knee during movement, and if it becomes damaged, it can impact a patient’s mobility and function. The white zone of the...
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Finding the Foundations of Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Pulmonary fibrosis is a deadly lung disease that affects around 140,000 Americans. The disease causes the development of scar tissue in the lungs. This scar tissue builds up and eventually obstructs sufferers from breathing. Some causes of pulmonary fibrosis include smoking cigarettes, exposure to some gasses and other lung irritants and some viral illnesses, like the Epstein-Barr virus. However, for many pulmonary fibrosis sufferers, the cause of the disease is said to be idiopathic, or unknown. However, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, have been able to uncover one cause previously unknown to science and medicine – the inability of lung stem cells in certain individuals to repair themselves after injury. Pulmonary fibrosis is part of a group of lung diseases known as interstitial lung diseases. Interstitial lung diseases cause obstructive scar tissue to form in the lungs. For patients with pulmonary fibrosis, this scar tissue cannot...
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Beating Bone Disease

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Osteoporosis is a serious condition that is responsible for two million broken bones and almost twenty billion dollars of related costs each year. Treatment for osteoporosis involves taking calcium and other dietary supplements, or behavioral modifications like switching to a healthy diet and exercise. New studies show a promising new treatment that uses stem cells derived from fat to prevent this bone disease. Dr. Johnson currently uses stem cells sourced from adipose fat to treat another bone disease, osteoarthritis, as well as a host of other medical conditions. Osteoporosis occurs as when we lose bone, or our bodies don’t make enough bone. It is a relatively common condition, and it impacts fifty-four million Americans. Most people with osteoporosis are over the age of fifty, but the disease can happen at any time as a result of other medical conditions like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoporosis occurs more frequently in women...
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Come Chew the Fat with Us!

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Fat often gets a bad rap. Fat is usually associated with negative images and negative stereotypes. We are often told that fat is bad – in our bodies and our diets. While there are risks associated with some kinds of fat, there are also some pretty positive things about fat, too. In fact, fat can be downright great. Dr. Johnson uses fat to treat nerve, muscle, and bone disorders, among many other medical conditions in patients who have not found relief through traditional medical treatments. There are two different kinds of fat in the body. These types are known as white fat and brown fat. Our bodies usually have more white fat. Unfortunately, this is kind of fat is the kind we don’t necessarily want. It’s what makes us gain weight and can lead to health complications. White fat does have its benefits and serve a purpose. It can store...
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How are Stem Cells Related to Football?

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Earlier this year, the National Football Leagues and the NFL's players association settled a five hundred million dollar lawsuit and began a concussion initiative to bring awareness to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of concussion in its players. This initiative, according to Chairman Roger Goodell, was implemented to increase safety and protect players. The NFL concussion controversy has been in the news for some time and settled the lawsuit from players who have experienced traumatic brain injury as a result of repeated concussions. Repeated concussions cause a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. Dr. Johnson treats patients who have suffered traumatic brain injury with SVF fat cell therapy. Fat stem cell therapy are believed to benefit patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries or concussions by helping to repair neural cells that have been damaged by impact or a lack of blood supply. While the body can heal...
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Part 3: Successful Stem Cell Therapies

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Our first two blogs addressed some of the controversies behind the use of stem cells, and then how the adipose fat stem cells that Dr. Johnson uses are collected. Adipose fat stem cells have been successful for a wide variety of conditions because of their ability to target and repair damaged cells and tissue. In this segment, we will review some of the conditions and diseases that have seen benefits from the use of these stem cells and SVF therapy. One of the top conditions seen in the clinic is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, or OA, is a form of arthritis that is degenerative. Some of the areas it can impact include the knees, hips, hands, and even the spine. It attacks the joints and breaks down cartilage, causing bones to rub against each other painfully. OA is the cause of most hip replacement surgeries in the United States. Adipose stem cell...
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