Researchers to test stem cells to treat Crohn's

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   Posted 6/18/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   

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   Posted 6/18/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Very the link you posted it states "donors" would be used to retrieve stems cells...

In this link...

it states they would actually use the cells from the patients own bone marrow and re-entered into themselves.

It's great to see that they are still investigating into this option...the link I provided above sounds more like it would be along the lines of an actual "cure" for up to 50% of sufferers.

Can't wait to see how this all progresses, I just hope it's fast.



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   Posted 6/18/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info. Definitely, food for thought!!

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   Posted 6/18/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Is this Prochymal?

And is the Stonybrook they mentioned the same Stonybrook where the Baby Sitters' Club books were set?
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   Posted 6/19/2008 4:34 AM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 6/19/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering the same thing - if it's Prochymal. It sounds like it -- adult bone marrow donors, made into an infusion and the fact that the patients had to have failed every other type of medication. But, why wouldn't they use the name for publicity?

One thing I read in that article that i'm not so sure about (but I'm far from an expert!)... It said that the stem cells "are essentially blank slates capable of morphing into any kind of cell". I thought this was true of fetal stem cells but *not* adult stem cells. I thought adult stem cells could only become 4 types of tissue.
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--methylpred - finally off 6/15/08, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08, started Xifanan 5/24/08 
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   Posted 6/19/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
sr5599 said...
...the fact that the patients had to have failed every other type of medication....
Does anyone know why this is limited to this particular type of patient?  If it works, I would love to give it a try and I've been fairly responsive to meds over the years.
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   Posted 6/19/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Yup, it's Prochymal. 

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   Posted 6/19/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
"Two weeks ago the Food and Drug Administration announced an investigation into three drugs that tamp down the immune system, following 30 reports of children and young adults who developed cancer."

Anyone know what that's referring to??

Also, I'm so glad that stem cells are finally becoming a viable option- I've been a huge supporter for years for this very reason.
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   Posted 6/21/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   

The drugs under review include Abbott Labs' Humira, Schering-Plough's Remicade, and Enbrel, which is marketed by Amgen Inc. and Wyeth.

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