Human Tissue Sample Blog

Connecting Collagen Vascular Diseases and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted by Luke Doiron on Nov 26, 2013 10:30:00 AM


Also known as connective tissue disorders, collagen vascular diseases (CVD) are primarily characterized by connective tissue pathologies. Two of the more common collagen vascular diseases are systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Other CVDs include progressive systemic sclerosis, dermatomyositis, ankylosing spondylitis, Sjögren syndrome, temporal arteritis, and mixed connective-tissue disease.  Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a common pulmonary complication of CVD; about 15 percent of patients diagnosed with ILD are found to have some sort of underlying connective tissue disease.  

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4 Clinical Applications for Adult Stem Cells

Posted by Luke Doiron on Jul 16, 2013 9:05:00 AM


Adult stem cells are finding wide use in disease research and drug discovery efforts. Unlike embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells are not controversial as a research resource. This is because there is no embryo destruction when utilizing these cells. Also, it’s been observed that adult stem cells don’t present with the same level of immunological rejection challenges as do embryonic stem cells because they are harvested from the same patient, leading to a lower rejection rate. Furthermore, researchers are discovering that there are many more tissues that contain adult stem cells than was previously believed.

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4 Ways a Tissue Bank Accelerates Diabetes Research

Posted by Luke Doiron on May 28, 2013 8:05:00 AM


It’s an astounding number. According to the World Health Organization, 347 million people worldwide have some form of diabetes, which WHO says is due to rapid increases in weight, obesity and physical inactivity. By 2030, it’s predicted to be the 7th leading cause of death worldwide. In the U.S. alone, there will be 30 million people with diabetes by 2030.

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4 Uses For Peripheral Blood Samples

Posted by Luke Doiron on Mar 12, 2013 9:00:00 AM


Blood flowing through our arteries, veins and capillaries, but removed or remote from the heart muscle itself, is known as peripheral blood. It moves nutrients such as oxygen and carbon dioxide through our system and serves a health protective and maintenance role. It's composed of three main components, which are common to nearly everyone: erythrocytes (red blood cells), leukocytes (white blood cells), and thrombocytes (blood platelets). In addition, blood plasma is part of peripheral blood specimens and is basically the transportation mechanism for the other three blood components.

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