The Amazing Mesenchymal Stem Cell

The body has a variety of stem and progenitor cells that can “morph” into regular every-day cells. Most have a restricted repertoire. It seems,mesenchymal-stem though, that mesenchymal cells can become a large variety of tissue types. This has great importance for replacement and repair of damaged organs and joints.

Some of our cells are permanent: neurons and muscle being good examples, and some renew, like skin, and the intestines. The ones that renew, wear out. To make sure the new cells are fresh and whole, thay are made from stem cells or progenitor cells. Such cells are usually protected. Read all about stem cells here.

The QM News Roundup

Recent Medical Headlines of Interest to QM Followers.

Love Hormone StudiedQM-news-love

Oxytocin is known as the “love hormone” and is found in quantity in both partner-partner relationships and parent-child ones. The hormone is actually produced by the hypothalamus. Researchers at University of Birmingham, in England, have been studying it and have concluded that its effects are quite similar to alcohol. Now really folks, didn’t we already know that? Oxytocin is apparently available as a supplement. So can you now buy love?

Eradicable Diseases

A Disease Is Eradicated When All The Microbes That Cause It Have Been Eliminated. Once Eliminated, There Is No Further Need For Preventive Vaccines. So Far, Small Pox Has Fallen, But Several Other Diseases May Be On Their Way health

In fall of 1977, one Mr. Ali Maow Maalin of Somalia acquired an odd, if uninvited, distinction: he was the final person on earth to catch the dreaded disease smallpox. There have been no cases since. The disease is considered eradicated, and it is the first major disease to be so eliminated.

A MRSA Cure From a Medieval Recipe

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have reproduced a 1000 year old potion that is apparently very effective against antibiotic resistant staph infections.MRSA-cure-1

The staph bacteria invades the immune system cells and uses them as a breeding ground. This cellular terrorism makes it very hard to get rid of such infections. For several decades, antibiotics would overcome this bug, but as inevitably happens, the bacteria mutated around it, and we are now faced with SuperBugs, serious antibiotic resistant pathogens.