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Stony Brook tests stem cells on heart patient
January 30, 2010 by DELTHIA RICKS delthia.ricks@newsday.com

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Can stem cells zero in on cardiac muscle damaged in a heart attack and force it to regenerate? Doctors at Stony Brook University Medical Center are testing that notion.

Photo credit: Newsday/Handout | Doctors at Stony Brook University have embarked on an unusual clinical study treating heart attack patients with stem cells that remodel damaged portions of the heart. David Kenney is in a clinical study that will determine whether 100 million stem cellsinfused into his body can fix his ailing heart.


Until his recent heart attack, David Kenney of East Moriches was running six miles daily. Now he's a pioneering patient in a clinical study that will determine whether 100 million stem cells infused into his body can fix his ailing heart.

Doctors at Stony Brook University Medical Center are testing a notion that only a few years ago was nothing more than a tantalizing question: Can stem cells zero in on cardiac muscle damaged in a heart attack and force it to regenerate?

"These cells have the ability to protect the tissues and to regenerate tissue, and that's what is needed after a heart attack," said Dr. Luis Gruberg, director of Stony Brook's catheterization laboratories, and principal investigator of the project.

Heart muscle dies at the site of blockage - the heart attack. But if stem cells can infuse new life into the muscle - and doctors believe they can - then the heart can fully regain its ability to synchronously contract.

Gruberg had signed on to the national research project two months ago. What he lacked was the perfect patient - someone who had just experienced a first attack and was otherwise healthy.

"I didn't hesitate," Kenney, 74, said of the offer to participate in the two-hour infusion procedure. He added that the treatment "seemed like an excellent opportunity."

Kenney's progress will be checked routinely. Full results of the study are expected in two years.

Stem cells are blank slates capable of morphing into specialized cells.

Kenney was infused with a type of stem cell known as mesenchymal cells, those drawn from an adult donor, and capable of transforming into muscle. Once infused through an intravenous line, the cells, Gruberg said, seek out inflammation and home in. Inflammation is abundant at the site of blockage.

Even though most heart attack patients, including Kenney, receive stents, tiny mesh tubes to permanently prop open obstructed arteries, stenting cannot revive damaged tissue.

The American Heart Association estimates 600,000 people in the United States will experience a first heart attack this year. Many will suffer some form of permanent cardiac damage, which may prove fatal. An estimated 18 percent of men and 23 percent of women are dead within a year of a first attack.

Kenney at first mistook his heart attack for indigestion. The persistent pain awakened him. Gruberg said it was caused by a chunk of fractured plaque.

The septuagenarian has run the New York City and Boston marathons, and throughout his life has been outdoors exercising. In the mid-1940s, he was a paperboy who walked a looping three-mile route delivering Newsday.

"I am an incurable romantic. Not in the amorous sense, but in the adventurous sense, and this is a real adventure," Kenney said of his role in science.

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Stem Cells for Hope Treats Two New Jersey Residents With MS

Stem Cells for Hope, (SCFH) is a leading provider of stem cell transplantation therapy through its Global Network of treatment Hospitals and Clinic facilities. 

Sparta, NJ August 1, 2009- Donna, and Nina, two residents of New Jersey, have recently returned home from The Stem Cells For Hope’s Mexican Treatment Clinic. Both woman received treatment for their MS, and both women, for the first time, have shown tremendous improvements. Nina recently walked across the house without a cane, the first time in six years she had gone that far without any help. For the first time in two years, Donna has taken steps away from her wheelchair. Her eyesight in left eye, once blurry, has returned, and she now has feeling in her hands and feet.  

Started in 2005 , Stem Cells For Hope (SCFH) has been working to break new ground in the field of Stem Cell Transplantation treatments. SCFH is a leader in providing stem cell treatments and regenerative stem cell transplantation to patients looking for alternative treatments to their degenerative conditions via their international network of doctors, clinics and hospital facilities. Medical conditions that have been treated with Stem Cell Therapy include MS, Parkinson's, stroke, macular degeneration, optic nerve damage, and diabetes. Other conditions are evaluated by the Medical Advisory Board on a per case basis.

 SCFH's Corporate Headquarters  is based out of Long Island ,NY and pays taxes in the U.S., but due to the current legal restrictions in the United States, Mr. Sidorenko, and his partner Walter Kravchenko, offer SCFH’s services to their patients outside of the U.S. in Mexico and Eastern Europe. The Chief Operating Officer of Stem Cells for Hope, said both women can expect to continue to see improvements by following the Post Treatment Recommendations provided by the Clinic, as the stem cells continue  make their way up their spines and into the circulatory system. He said positive effects, whether minor or dramatic, will always continue and need to be cultivated through program of physical therapy, exercise and diet. According to Mr. Sidorenko and Mr. Kravchenko “Everyone who's gone (for the treatment) has seen a positive effect.”

 The New Jersey Herald, a local newspaper printed a personal interview with both Nina and Donna before they went for Stem Cell Treatment in Mexico and followed up with a second interview after their return.

Stem Cells For Hope has a distinguished and diverse Medical and Scientific Advisory Board which is comprised of Surgeons, MD’s, Ph.D.’s, scientists and research fellows who are responsible for patient evaluations, producing abstracts on the medical conditions and treatment of patients. Their tasks include the development of research papers to be published in various medical publications and journals, and prepare patent applications that will eventually go before the FDA.

SCFH is currently looking for additional prime, successful, international Clinic locations to add to their network portfolio of medical service providers.

For additional information regarding Stem Cells For Hope, please visit their website at www.stemcellsforhope.com or contact Walter Kravchenko directly.

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Stem Cells For Hope

Walter Kravchenko, Chairman and CEO


631 929 3900


Stem Cells For Hope

631 929 3900


Ron Gold, President 

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