HSS receives NFL grant for research into platelet-rich plasma and stem cells
Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery have been awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Football League (NFL) Charities to research the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells as treatments for tendon injury and degeneration.
Is PRP Therapy, Used by Alex Rodriguez and Zack Greinke, Miracle or Mirage?
Over the past couple years, a new term has crept into the public consciousness from the shadows of medical experimentation. Platelet rich plasma injections or “PRP” have become commonplace, especially for cases where an athlete is trying to avoid surgery.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP): Is Ray Lewis’ Other ‘Substance’ Speeding Recoveries?
In case you hadn’t heard, David Epstein and George Dohrmann of Sports Illustrated reported on Jan. 29 that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is among those linked to the use of deer antler velvet spray—a compound that contains the banned substance IGF-1.
Is Platelet-Rich Plasma an Effective Healing Therapy?
Athletes such as Tiger Woods and the Pittsburgh Steelers’s Hines Ward have undergone platelet-rich plasma therapy, but is there evidence that the treatment really speeds the healing of injuries?
Vampire hair treatment: Using your own blood to restore thinning hair
A new spooky-sounding, non-invasive treatment is sprouting up and the patient’s own blood is at the root.
See news video here: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/local_news/special_reports/vampire-hair-treatment-using-your-own-blood-to-restore-thinning-hair
Platelet Rich Plasma Increasing in Popularity
The treatment is now more widely available in South Florida.
See news video here: http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/PRP-increasing-in-Popularity-138970974.html
True Blood: Vampire Beauty?
Move over Botox, could blood be the key to the fountain of youth?
See news video here: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/true-blood-vampire-beauty-13305911
Saito’s on the cutting edge
Within a week of hurting his elbow, Saito had blood drawn and spun to isolate the platelets, which clot and promote healing. The platelets, 10 times more concentrated than in normal blood, were injected into the site of the tear in the elbow. ElAttrache said he used PRP in the past to repair tendons, but never ligaments.
Read full article here: http://articles.latimes.com/2008/oct/03/sports/sp-dodfyi3
Stanford pioneers new tendons treatment
Researchers at Stanford are working on a new treatment for damaged tendons to help them heal without surgery. And the key agent comes from the patient’s own body.
Read full article here: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/health&id=6309036
Body, Heal Thyself
A leading sports medicine expert, he believes we can speed up the body’s ability to heal itself with a remarkably simple technique. It’s called Platelet Rich Plasma therapy — or PRP. Doctors spin a few tablespoons of a patient’s own blood, separating out the platelets.
Read full article here: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/06/05/eveningnews/main2889125.shtml
If physicians use a product for an indication not in the approved labeling, they have to inform the patient, adhere to good medical practice and have the responsibility to be well informed about the product, to base its use on firm scientific rationale and on sound medical evidence and to maintain records of the product’s use and effects (source: www.fda.gov)