Carrie McClure: New advances in medicine are improving our lives almost every day and one of the most exciting developments is the use of stem cells. Dr. Bill Johnson of Innovations Medical cell center is here to talk about the stem cell work done right here in north Texas. It’s very exciting and it’s good to see you.
Dr. Bill Johnson: Good morning. Yeah, it’s one of my really exciting things.
Carrie McClure: So why does stem cell therapy has so much potential for so many different problems?
We hear a lot more about the medical research strive of stem cells. Even former athletes are seeking out this type of therapy. Dr. Bill Johnson of Innovations Medical says stem cells are becoming part of the conversation in medicine. One of the main reasons for that is everything that the body heals is related to stem cells.
For example, when you cut your finger, the damaged cells release growth factors – chemical messengers that call all the things you need to clean up the damaged cells and stem cells then heal the wound. The same process happens when you break a bone or in any type of healing. It’s incredible what can be done with stem cells.
Many of us have heard of stem cells, but what are they, where do they come from and why all the excitement? Dr. Johnson of Innovations Medical explains everything you need to know about stem cells.
Dr. Johnson explains that if you cut a finger, the cells that are damaged release chemical messengers to call other cells in to do the healing and stimulate the stem cells in the area that produce the new growth. All the healing is done by stem cells and if we could harness that, we could cause healing for injuries and diseases. The fascinating features of stem cells are that you can make more stem cells from one cell and it can also become any type of cell. By adding more stem cells to the injury, we can repair the damage.
Stem cell therapy offers fascinating alternatives to surgery, but it can be difficult to know which type to get. Consultation is an important part of developing a plan to meet the unique needs of each patient. In a recent television interview, Dr. Johnson answered questions about stem cell therapy. Here's what he had to say.
HOST: Stem cells – we’ve heard a lot about them in recent medical stories but what are they and where do they come from and why all the excitement? A lot of questions so let’s get some answers.
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