How our lives have changed with Regenerative Medicines

  February 27th 2018    Blog

Regenerative medicine is the practice of generating living, fully functional tissues to repair or replace tissues and organs, that have lost efficiency due to age, disease, damage or inherited disorders. This discipline holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissues and organs in the body by provoking previously irreparable organs to self healing. Regenerative medicine also gives the means to the scientist to grow tissues and organs in the laboratory and safely implant them when the body fails to heal itself.
Notably, regenerative medicine has the potential to provide a solution for the scarcity of the donor organs, through donation compared to the number of patients that require life saving organ transplantation
An overview of the past performance and future trends of the regenerative medicine
Yesterday
• Early 20th century: Successful bone transplantation, soft tissues and cornea took place
• 1954: exceptional progress in organ transplantation was done, with the first successful kidney transplant.
• In the 1960s: successful transplantation of pancreas/kidney, liver, isolated pancreas and heart was conducted
• 1980s:Transplant surgery success continued with regenerative medicine resulting into successful heart-lung, single lung, double lung, living-donor liver, and living-donor lung transplants.
Today
• The rapid advancement of regenerative medicine along with the aging of the baby Boomer generation has caused an upraised demand for tissues and organs far exceeding the available donor organs.
• Approximately 500,000 Americans benefit from a transplant each year.
• August 2010: There were approximately 108,000 people on the hoping for donor organs. Many of these individuals would die before a suitable organ can be found.
• Regenerative skin has been used for skin replacement, temporary wound cover for burns, and treatment for diabetic leg and foot ulcers.
• Regenerated bladder, harvested from a patient’s own cells, can be grown outside the body and successfully transplanted.
• Regenerated products are used to enhance bone and connective tissue growth, long bone regeneration, and replace damaged knee cartilage.
• Stem cells are available from a wide variety of sources (e.g., embryos, gestational and adult tissues, and reprogrammed differentiated cells). This increases the variety and utility of regenerative medicine
Tomorrow
By supplying healthy, functional tissues and organs, regenerative medicine will enhance the best of lifestyles for people. Think of a world where there may be no donor organ shortage, where sufferers of spinal cord injuries can no more be disabled, and wherein weakened hearts are replaced. That is the long-term promise of regenerative medicine, a hastily developing subject with the capability to convert the remedy of human ailment through the development of progressive new healing procedures that provide a faster, extra entire recovery with drastically fewer facet effects or threats

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