Stem Cell Solution? Swap Embryos for Menstrual Blood
Stem cells derived from menstrual blood are hitting the laboratory, with researchers speculating that a woman's period might be a boon for recovering stroke patients.
A collaboration between researchers at the University of South Florida, along with a stem cell company and a biotech firm, will investigate the efficacy of transplanted menstrual-blood-derived stem cells in repairing brain damage incurred by a stroke.
Blood vessels and neurons in the brain are both needed to help repair the brain after a stroke, and stem cells would spur the growth of both vital components.
In fact, research has already indicated that lab mice respond positively to the approach.
National Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.