Stuff of Life: Stem Cells Can Help to Regenerate Our Lungs From Disease and Disrepair

In the last decade, stem cell research has made possible the advancement in treating conditions that were formerly terminal or drastically reductive to quality of life. Theoretically there is no limit to the range of possibilities that stem cells present to modern medicine. Rapid advancements are already being discovered in one of the most pertinent medical issues we are facing today, lung disease and degeneration..

One of the leading pioneers in the treatment of lung disease via stem cells, The Lung Institute, has shown remarkable development in the treatment of respiratory conditions such as Interstitial Lung Disease, Emphysema, Pulmonary Fibrosis, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

An increase in air pollution as well as lifestyle factors such as hazardous working conditions and smoking have put many at risk for respiratory diseases which degrade vital lung functions. Stem cells are known as undifferentiated cells, meaning they can replicate and regenerate as any kind of tissue found in the body. This cellular characteristic is known as plasticity and it is the central function which allow stem cells to replace the tissue of damaged organs. By taking a small sample of blood or bone marrow the stem cells are harvested and reintroduced into the patient’s bloodstream. The pumping of the heart pushes them into the lungs where they become “stuck” in what is know as The Pulmonary Trap. Once there, they act to slow the further spread of degenerative disease.

Testimonials posted on lunginstitute.com from The Lung Institute have patients describe that after stem cell treatment they are once again able to participate activities that were previously too physically strenuous due to decreased lung capacity. In the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the Institute’s statistics report that 84.5% of treated patients saw a marked improvement in their quality of life.

The Lung Institute have so far treated their 3000th patient.

Although much research and observation is necessary to accurately gauge the overall effectiveness of stem cells treatment on lung disease, it persists as one of the most advanced techniques in the field thus far.

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