What Is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a branch of medical research that is helping doctors treat patients who don’t respond to current treatments. Current medical treatments often don’t treat the root causes of diseases, injuries and congenital problems. Many times, treatments can only help reduce the symptoms.
Regenerative medicine is the process of engineering, replacing, and regenerating human tissues, cells, and organs so they can function normally. This approach helps the body use its own repair mechanisms to help heal these previously irreparable body parts. In addition to using the body’s repair mechanisms, regenerative medicine includes helping grow tissues and organs in a laboratory and then implanting them in the human. The aim and hope is to use a person’s own cells to grow the necessary tissues and cells thus addressing the shortage of organ donation problem.
Regenerative medicine is fairly new. It includes many other scientific fields and professionals including:
- Computer science
Regenerative medicine has been used for some time. Classic examples are bone marrow and organ transplants. New sciences and technologies are now helping speed up the solutions regenerative medicine can apply to help patients.
Different types of regeneration
Regeneration can be thought of in several different ways:
- Rejuvenation. A classic way to help patient’s in pain is the body’s own ability to heal itself such as when skin heals after a cut. Now scientists are working to use some of the body’s cells such as those for the nerves, heart, and lungs to foster self-healing.
- Replacement. This is the use of healthy organs, tissues, or cells from a living or deceased donor to replace the ones that are damaged. Liver and heart transplants are now fairly common. Regeneration aims to help improve the ability to do transplants including minimizing the possibility of organ rejection.
- The new regeneration. Here, cell-therapy is used to deliver certain cells or related products to diseased areas of the body where the cells will restore those tissues and organs.
The role of stem cells
Stem cells are a key component of regenerative medicine, as they open the door to new clinical applications.According to the Mayo Clinic.“Stem cells have the ability to develop — through a process called differentiation — into many different types of cells, such as skin cells, brain cells, lung cells and so on.
There are different types of stem cells including adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells. There are also “progenitor cells, such as those found in umbilical cord blood, and bioengineered cells called induced pluripotent stem cells.” Other sources of adult stem cells include fat, blood, bone marrow, skeletal muscle, and dental pulp. “Each type has unique qualities, with some being more versatile than others.”
New rejuvenation strategies and methods are continually being researched, tested, and implemented to help people of all ages, especially seniors, get medical to alleviate many types of painful medical problems.
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