Stem cells are already believed to be the one medical treatment that can cure just about anything. But can it actually help someone walk again? A paralyzed man is the first patient who has been treated with stem cells. Amazingly, the patient has already regained upper body movement.
Kristopher Boesen has been paralyzed since he was in a car accident that changed his life. Boesen lost control of his car on a slippery road surface and slammed into a tree. Although he survived, doctors told Boesen’s parents that he might never be able to function from the neck down again. However, things changed when Boesen got an offer that could change things for the better.
The procedure called for stem cells to be injected directly into the spine cord.
Boesen was offered to try a new procedure using stem cells. It was a risky procedure but the young man immediately agreed since he had nothing to lose. His doctor Dr. Liu injected 10 million AST-OPC1 cells directly into Boesen’s cervical spinal cord.
There was no guarantee that it would work. Nevertheless, Dr. Liu explained how stem cells can actually help Boesen regain control of his body despite the injury.
“Typically, spinal cord injury patients undergo surgery that stabilizes the spine but does very little to restore motor or sensory function. With this study, we are testing procedure that may improve neurological function, which could mean the difference between being permanently paralyzed and being able to use one’s arms and hands. Restoring that level of function could significantly improve the daily lives of patients with severe spinal injuries,” the doctor said.
Boesen underwent therapy and eventually regained upper body movement.
Today, Boesen is showing impressive signs of improvement. He was initially unable to move his arms. Now, he can answer the phone, write his name and operate a wheelchair. The young man is clearly pleased with his own progress.
“All I’ve wanted from the beginning was a fighting chance. But if there’s an opportunity for me to walk again, then heck yeah! I want to do anything possible to do that,” he said.
Boesen might still be a long way from being able to walk. Nevertheless, we are cheering him on and hoping he can finally walk away from the tragedy.
Japanese Experiment From The 1970’s Resulted In Awesome Tree ‘Crop Circles’
An experiment on tree growth density resulted in the most amazing man-made crop circles!
We usually associate crop circles with a possible alien encounter. However, there's nothing extraterrestrial about the awesome tree formations you'll find in Japan. These gorgeous patterns are actually the result of a Japanese experiment conducted almost a half-century ago.
In 1973, an area of land in the Miyazaki Prefecture of southern Japan was used for an experiment on trees. The Japanese researchers designated the area as “experimental forestry” and began planting trees in 10 degree radial increments. These formed 10 concentric circles of varying diameters. Since then, the trees have grown and the results of the experiment are visible from the air.
Aliens aren't responsible for these gorgeous tree crop circles.
The document from Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries suggested that the experiment wanted to explore how tree density affected growth. The trees in the inner circle are visibly shorter because they need to compete for resources. However, the trees in the outer circle are taller since they get more water and sunlight....
Vaccines Work, Here Are The Facts About History’s Greatest Lifesaver
All the risks, facts, and misconceptions about myths can be found here.
The debate about vaccines continues to this day. Although vaccines have been confirmed to be efficient in keeping people healthy, some are still unconvinced. In order to shed light on the truth about vaccines, an artist created a cartoon depicting everything you need to know about the immunity boosters.
A vaccine is a biological concoction that acquired immunity to a particular disease. The preparation usually contains a weakened form of the microbe that triggers the body's immunity system to recognize a threat. By making the body react to fight the vaccine, it also convinced the immune system to work against the disease itself.
The cartoon illustrates how life was before vaccines.
Vaccines have been responsible for preventing disease for a long time. It's certainly an upgrade compared to the ancient times when any medication was non-existent. Nevertheless, many individuals are still wary of vaccines because of certain myths and misconceptions about the treatment....
Groundbreaking Treatment Using Immune Cells Could Save Millions Of Lives
The new treatment can be a healthy alternative to chemotherapy!
Scientists may have found a way to beat cancer for good. A groundbreaking treatment for the disease makes use of healthy cells that could strengthen a patient's immune system without toxic side effects. Amazingly, the immune cells can come from any healthy donors ranging from a loved one to a complete stranger.
The new treatment is being developed by a team at the Francis Crick Institute in London. Although it is currently in its early days, the scientists claim that immune cells can be used to combat cancer cells. The healthy cells can be introduced to a patient's body to help strengthen their immune system. If the treatment continues to be successful, it could completely replace chemotherapy - which has toxic side effects.
The groundbreaking treatment aims to strengthen a patient's immunity to fight cancer.
Professor Adrian Hayday is the group leader of the Immunosurveillance Lab at the Francis Crick Institute. Hayday believes that the treatment would lead to "immune banks" where 'Natural Killer' cells can be stored. The immune banks will be easily accessible to oncologists when they need healthy cells to treat a patient....