Diseases and injury to the nervous system affect millions of people of all ages, and scientists are actively exploring the use of stem cells to re-grow or repair nerve tissues and cells (a process known as neuroregeneration).
Today there is no cure for spinal cord injury, a misfortune that can strike at a moment’s notice with devastating effect on the person injured as well as their family.
Researchers have been studying the use of stem cells to treat spinal cord injury for many years. Recently, a research team at Nagoya University in Japan demonstrated that stem cells from teeth – both baby teeth and wisdom teeth – helped heal spinal cord injuries in rats and even restored some ability to walk. Another important finding: the stem cells from teeth worked better than stem cells from bone marrow.
The stem cells sourced from teeth appeared to work in three ways:
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