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Stem Cells Treat Sun Damaged Skin

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Stem cell colonies that are not yet differentiated. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

One of the many theories on the cause of rosacea is that it is caused by sun damaged skin. A paper published by Wolters Kluwer Health according to Science Daily states, "Some plastic surgeons have been using stem cells to treat aging, sun-damaged skin. But while they've been getting good results, it's been unclear exactly how these treatments work to rejuvenate 'photoaged' facial skin. A new study finds that within a few weeks, stem cell treatment eliminates the sun-damaged elastin network and replacing them with normal, undamaged tissues and structures." [1]

Controversial
"Stem-cell therapy has become controversial following developments such as the ability of scientists to isolate and culture embryonic stem cells, to create stem cells using somatic cell nuclear transfer and their use of techniques to create induced pluripotent stem cells. This controversy is often related to abortion politics and to human cloning. Additionally, efforts to market treatments based on transplant of stored umbilical cord blood have been controversial." [2]

Regenerative Medicine
Stem-cell therapy is what is called regenerative medicine. To understand the basics of this therapy watch this short TED video:

How much does it cost?
That is usually what most want to know the answer about before considering this treatment. The doctor from this clinic actually gives you a range of the cost since it depends on what your chief complaint issue is and various factors. 

Could 10K members of the RRDi get together and each donate a dollar to sponsor a stem cell therapy for rosacea clinical study? That would be less than  the cost of a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Why not donate now?

End Notes

[1] Stem cell treatments 'go deep' to regenerate sun-damaged skin, Science Daily

[2] Stem-cell Therapy, Wikipedia

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