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Marissa Oneill

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The Tooth Fairy May Soon Be Unemployed

Posted by Marissa Oneill on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 @ 03:36 PM

Think twice before giving the Tooth Fairy that crisp dollar. Your child's tooth is worth way more. Teeth contain stem cells and those cells can potentially be the key to unlocking treatments and therapies for many serious conditions and diseases.

If you missed the opportunity to bank your child's cord blood, at a cost of around $2,000, you can still bank your child's stem cells from baby teeth, orthodontia, or wisdom teeth extractions. The dental pulp inside those teeth contain stem cells that regenerate into several different kinds of cells -- like neurons, bone, cartilage, and certain cardiac cells to repair damaged heart tissue. 

If you missed the opportunity to bank your child's cord blood, at a cost of around $2,000, you can still bank your child's stem cells from baby teeth, orthodontia, or wisdom teeth extractions. The dental pulp inside those teeth contain stem cells that regenerate into several different kinds of cells -- like neurons, bone, cartilage, and certain cardiac cells to repair damaged heart tissue. 

Instead of having your dentist discard these powerful stem cells, or putting them under the pillow for the Tooth Fairy - consider how dental stem cells could one day help protect your family's health. Your dental professional can become a provider in one easy, free step.



This month, Austin Considine of Motherboard Vice Media writes:

“Unfortunately, most of the one million Americans affected by the condition and the 15,000 children newly diagnosed each year missed the opportunity to bank stem cells from their cord blood when they were born,” said Howard Greenman, chief executive for Provia, in a company press release. According to that press release, the company donates “up to 50 percent” of its proceeds to diabetes research.

Provia bills its service—called “Store-A-Tooth”—as an alternative to cord blood banking that not only offers parents a bigger window, but is slightly cheaper. I called the company using the number on the website to get a few more details about pricing and how it works.

For $649, Provia does what’s called a “whole tissue” preservation. That basically means you ship them your freshly plucked tooth or teeth, the lab extracts the soft tissue inside and immediately puts it in a cryo-protective solution so the tissue can be frozen for future use."

Teeth are simply extracted by a dental professional or in your home (the whole tying your tooth to a doorknob trick), fresh samples with pulp are a must, and Store-A-Tooth provides a safe kit for overnight transport to their lab. Simple, easy, effective.

Read more about us this month in "Back Off, Tooth Fairy, Those Baby Teeth May One Day Save a Life"...

Protect your family's future health by banking your children's stem cells in teeth today. The Tooth Fairy will just have to find another job.


Tags: Dental Stem Cells, Healthcare, Regenerative Medicine, Company Updates, Adult Stem Cells

A Paradigm Shift In Medicine Using Stem Cell Therapy to Treat Diseases

Posted by Marissa Oneill on Thu, Mar 07, 2013 @ 03:08 PM

Paradigm ShiftIn an article published this month, Dr. Robin Smith, President of The Stem for Life Foundation, describes the groundbreaking success of using adult stem cells to treat and cure diseases consequently making it unnecessary to use controversial embryonic stem cells.

“These cells are impacting many peoples' lives who are treated in a clinical trial, and as they become standard in care...it will become part of modern medicine,” the president of the Stem for Life Foundation discussed on March 6.

“There's a paradigm shift in medicine now, using cell therapy to treat diseases, and it's just a very exciting time in medicine.”

While stem cells from human embryos have failed to create any significant cures or treatments, adult stem cells are successfully being used to fight chronic diseases and a variety of serious conditions.

In 2012, Sir Gurdon and Dr. Shinya Yamanaka won the Nobel Peace Prize in Medicine for demonstrating that adult skin cells can be “reprogrammed” to become “embryonic-like” cells, giving them huge therapeutic potential.

Because adult stem cells can be taken from the patient whom they will treat, there are no concerns about rejection of the cells by the body, Smith added.

With about 4,300 current adult stem cell trials underway, perhaps the most mature advances in adult stem cell therapies are regarding cardiovascular disease, according to Smith. Injecting stem cells into the heart of people who have previously suffered heart attacks has simulated the heart to repair itself.

There is also “very exciting data in wound repair, bone healing, advances for vision and certainly organ repair.” Adult stem cell therapies are also being used to treat diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, autoimmune disorders, and other health issues."

Regenerative therapies are revolutionizing medicine and every family has the opportunity to take advantage of the amazing potential of stem cells. Storing your child's stem cells from teeth is a unique and safe way to protect your family.

Find out how Store-A-Tooth helps parents invest today in their family's future health...

Tags: Dental Stem Cells, Research, Regenerative Medicine, Adult Stem Cells

The Importance of Prescreening Diabetes in Dental Care

Posted by Marissa Oneill on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 @ 02:28 PM

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An alarming number of children and adults are diganosed with some form of diabetes in the United States each year while a staggering number remain undiagnosed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a fact sheet in 2011 stating that 25.8 million are diagnosed while almost 7 million are not diagnosed.

According to the Expenditure Panel Survey conducted by Strauss in 2008, people visited the dentist more frequently than their primary medical provider thus, health care providers in the dental care setting provide a critical and important opportunity to identify patients unaware of their diabetic status.

Dental Complications

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) suggests that each year, 11 percent of pre-diabetic individuals will develop Type 2 diabetes within three years of their initial diagnosis while other studies show that many people with pre-diabetes develop Type 2 within 10 years.  Several studies demonstrate that Type 2 and periodontal health are considered to be biologically linked. Periodontal conditions are often aggravated by poor glycemic control. Those with poorly controlled diabetes are more susceptible to infection and a higher presence of serious periodontal diseases. This strong correlation suggests the early detection of diabetes is critical for an individual's health and periodontal health.

Pre-screening for Pre-Diabetes in the Dental Setting

As mentioned earlier, the Strauss survey in 2008, showed that individuals who did not seek general health care services did in fact keep their dental appointments. Today, the most common method of pre-screening diabetes in the dental field includes identifying common risks factors such as family history, weight, hypertension, cholesterol, member of a high-risk ethnic population, or having delivered an overweight baby or a diagnosis of gestational diabetes. These risk factors have a tendency to be overlooked and sometimes patients and doctors are not asking the right questions about the patient's glycemic control. A patient's periodontal measurements and conditions offer an approach to risk assessment that can be carried out in the dental office.  It provides dental healthcare providers the amazing and life-saving opportunity for early diagnosis of diabetes and the necessary refferals thereafter. 

Read about how dentists are helping to unlock the powerful potential of stem cells in teeth in the fight against diabetes...  

Tags: Dental Stem Cells, Research, Healthcare, Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cells & Diabetes, Adult Stem Cells

We All Forget Sometimes: A Mother's Story On Banking Stem Cells

Posted by Marissa Oneill on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 @ 10:46 AM

Karen Davis RDHBy Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH

As I listened to the presentation by Store-A-Tooth, a service of Provia Labs, last February at the Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting about the potential to use stem cells from teeth in treating various medical conditions, I got a bit teary-eyed.


My daughter, Madeline, has Crohn’s Disease and was scheduled to have her wisdom teeth extracted in May.  The idea of preserving her stem cells from extracted wisdom teeth through Store-A-Tooth strongly resonated with me.  I did not bank my daughter’s cord blood and did not want to miss another opportunity should future research provide a pathway to use dental stem cells to treat diseases.  

The process is so simple. All arrangements with Provia Labs had been made and a box would be shipped to my home with the Store-A-Tooth™ kit necessary to ship the teeth back to the lab following extraction.  In it were cold packs which I simply needed to freeze the night before her procedure,  safely and securely preserving the integrity of the dental stem cells inside the pulp of the teeth.   The only thing I needed to do was freeze the cold packs. The thing is, I forgot…

The morning of her procedure, I nervously searched my freezer for frozen peas or frozen anything that could keep the teeth cool enough to ship them to Store-A-Tooth.  On the way to the dental office I received a calm phone call from Store-A-Tooth and  I shamefully confessed my mistake, but was reassured that I would have plenty of time to freeze the cold packs at the dentist with the courier pick-up.  My daughter went into the treatment room and the dentist informed me that medicine my daughter had taken coupled with her restlessness the previous night, created a situation in which she had become somewhat combative to the nitrous oxide sedation.  They recommended we reschedule the extractions with an oral surgeon and IV sedation. 

Almost miraculously within the hour, I found an opening that day with an oral surgeon we trusted, and gathered up my daughter to drive her over to the next office.  I called Store-A-Tooth on the way to ask them to change the courier pick-up to the oral surgeon’s office.  Unfazed, they got the new address for pick-up, reminded me to freeze the cold packs at the surgeon’s office and at pick-up, they would be cold enough to safely transport the wisdom teeth, preserving the precious stem cells.

While waiting for my daughter, it occurred to me that throughout my haste and panic that morning when I opened the box from Store-A-Tooth, I had accidentally discarded the customized shipping box to return the container holding the teeth, cold packs and protective foam.  I then did what most stressed out dental hygienist moms would do; I called her dad and asked him to rush to the FedEx Office and buy a shipping box and bring it to us.  Just as Madeline was being wheeled out , her dad pulled up with five choices of shipping boxes just to be safe. The next day, I received a call from Store-A-Tooth that the teeth had arrived and all went well. Finally, I was relieved that my mistakes did not spoil the opportunity to bank Madeline’s stem cells and that Store-A-Tooth was well prepared to handle consumer errors because clearly, things happen.

I was fortunate to learn about the Store-A-Tooth™ service at a dental meeting but patients need to learn about it directly from their dental professional. Presently, the majority of extracted wisdom teeth and primary teeth are discarded. Don’t let them go to waste --

Take a few moments to visit Store-A-Tooth's link for Published Research, the page that lists current research related to dental stem cells. As dental professionals, we have a huge opportunity and responsibility to be the “liaison” between emerging dental research and clinical applications for our patients.

Tags: Dental Stem Cells, Healthcare, Regenerative Medicine, Adult Stem Cells

Top Stem Cell Stories of 2012

Posted by Marissa Oneill on Tue, Jan 01, 2013 @ 03:47 PM

A review of Stem cells in 2012Another year passed. Another year present.

2012 was quite a big year for stem cells news so let's recap its monumental progress for regenerative therapies for conditions such as diabetes, spinal cord injury, and Alzheimer's disease as presented by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).


1.) Store-A-Tooth launched its "Store a Tooth - Find a Cure" initiative earlier this year with its mission to fund diabetes research and support the potential of stem cells therapies in treating the disease. Amongst some of our initiative efforts were our attendance of the annual Children with Diabetes Conference 2012 in Orlando as well as our participation of sponsorship of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Boston Walk to Cure Diabetes. 

CIRM released a short video interview of Chris Stiehl and Sarah Young, both living with type 1 diabetes, along with Kevin D'Amour, Chief Scientific Officer at Viacyte, Inc., which was recently awarded a $20 million award to help bring an embryonic stem cell-based diabetes therapy to clinical trials. The video gives great insight into a day in the life of someone struggling with the disease and emphasizes the exciting potential and hope for such stem cell therapies to finally arise ultimately leading to a cure.


Find out how stem cells in teeth are being used to find a cure for diabetes here

2.) In June, CIRM grantee Irv Weissman at Stanford University wrote a bold article about the barriers that confront the development new therapies. He proceeds to express his frustration with fraudulent stem cell clinics, the lack of FDA presence, private cord blood banks, incomplete biological models of diseases, poor science, and problematic business development practices. 

He expresses an urgency for stem cell therapies and their potential to revolutionize medicine:

"Remember, right now our patients, friends, and families are contracting diseases that have a very short window of opportunity in which regenerative therapies can save them, and each delay removes a cohort of them from possible cures. We should not fail them."

Read Irv's complete article here

3.) The third story describes an interview with Katie Sharify, the fifth stem cell trial participant of Gerson's CIRM-supported now closed clinical trial for spinal cord injury. Geron’s was the first clinical trial to test a therapy based on embryonic stem cells. Katie, confined to a wheelchair after an accident, describes what it’s like to be a patient in a stem cell clinical trial. She expresses how she had very little understanding of the science before her injury and had very little time to get as informed as possible before making a decision about whether or not to participate. She was fortunate enough to quickly educate herself in just six days and she needed to educate her parents, who barely speak English, while also adjusting to life in a wheelchair. 

       “I was part of something that was bigger than me, and bigger than all of you.”

Although Geron terminated the trial, Geron entered into a nonbinding agreement to transfer their embryonic stem cell programs to BioTime, Inc. A lot of unknowns remain in that agreement, but if it goes through it could mean that more people with recent spinal cord injuries have a chance to make a decision like Katie’s. 


Find out how stem cells in teeth are being used to treat spinal cord injury here

4.) The fourth top topic at CIRM was their discussion with CIRM grantee Lawrence Goldstein about stem cell therapies for Alzheimer’s disease. As part of that conversation, they discussed what he saw in the future for stem cell science. He realizes some stem cell projects may never go forward and progress, but  “some of them are going to hit it big and change everything.” He supports the potential and great promise the future of regenerative medicine holds such that "if the public continues to adequately fund research with stem cells we will see breakthroughs that are absolutely unexpected and that will change the way that we deliver medicine."



5.) In September of 2012, StemCells Inc reported huge news that two patients in their clinical trial for spinal cord injury were recovering well and seemed to have gained some sensation. The preliminary success of this trial allowed the patients to feel touch and heat and although this news is very exciting, the data has yet to be reviewed by scientists and published, and also the data reported only pertains to three people. To gain a more definitive conclusion, the scientists will need to perform trials on a larger number of spinal cord injury patients.

However, this is still exciting news that offers promise for some even in the smallest ways, especially those confined to a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury. It emphasizes the world of difference the future of regenerative medicine exemplifies and how stem cells in bone marrow, cord blood and teeth can one day be used to treat spinal cord injury.


Big things in 2012, so here's to 2013!

Tags: Dental Stem Cells, Research, Healthcare, Regenerative Medicine, Company Updates, Stem Cells & Diabetes, Adult Stem Cells

Store-A-Tooth™ Raises $5,000 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Posted by Marissa Oneill on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 @ 10:56 AM

A sponsor at last weekend’s JDRF Walk in Boston, Store-A-Tooth was recognized as one of the highest earning corporate teams, raising more than $5,000 for the organization. Provia Labs continues to deepen its commitment to type 1 diabetes research, announcing last month the launch of its “Store a Tooth - Find a Cure” initiative, offering a donation from every sale to help fund diabetes research.

jdrfWith Store-A-Tooth, parents can bank the stem cells from their children’s teeth to take advantage of potential future stem cell therapies for conditions such as type 1 diabetes. A 2011 study in the Journal of Dental Research showed stem cells from teeth can create islet-like cell aggregates which produce insulin in a glucose responsive manner. In the study, the stem cells were harvested from baby teeth taken out during routine dental care in kids age 7-11; research has also focused on stem cells from extracted wisdom teeth. In the July 2012 issue of Diabetes Care, Chinese scientists reported that an experimental procedure using adult stem cells enabled half of their patients to go off insulin for over 18 months.

“Leading into November, National Diabetes Month, we’re even more dedicated to doing all we can to inform families, especially those affected with type 1 diabetes, about this option to store their kids’ stem cells. It’s something they can do today to ensure access to potential treatments of tomorrow,” said Provia Labs CEO Howard Greenman. “Our efforts to support the JDRF and other organizations conducting relevant studies will help raise research funds so that the 15,000 children newly diagnosed each year can benefit from what the future holds for stem cells and diabetes.”

Store-A-Tooth makes it easy for families and their dentists to collect teeth removed during normal dental procedures, such as when baby teeth come loose, wisdom teeth are extracted, or teeth are pulled for orthodontia. Samples are sent overnight to a FDA-registered laboratory where they’re processed and tested then carefully preserved at very low temperatures until the day new stem cell therapies become routinely available.

To find out more information about the “Store a Tooth - Find a Cure” initiative or to join the cause, please visit http://www.stemcellsforacure.com or 'Store a Tooth. Find a Cure.' on Facebook.


About Provia Laboratories 
Provia Laboratories, LLC is a health services company specializing in high quality biobanking (the collection, transport, processing, and cryogenic storage of biological specimens). Its dental stem cell banking service, Store-A-Tooth™, gives parents the option to store stem cells today to protect their children’s health tomorrow. Store-A-Tooth preserves precious stem cells from baby and wisdom teeth that would otherwise be discarded, so parents can be prepared for advances in stem cell therapies that someday may help treat conditions such as type 1 diabetes, spinal cord injury, heart attack, stroke, and neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

For more information about Store-A-Tooth™ dental stem cell banking, please call 1-877-867-5753 or visit us at http://www.store-a-tooth.com or ‘Like’ Store-A-Tooth at facebook.com/storeatooth.

To read this full press release please visit http://www.prweb.com/releases/Store-A-Tooth_JDRF_Walk/stemcellsforacure/prweb10034767.htm

Tags: Healthcare, Company Updates, Stem Cells & Diabetes

Store-A-Tooth is a Proud Sponsor of the JDRF Walk To Cure Diabetes Boston 2012!

Posted by Marissa Oneill on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 @ 04:30 PM



Team Store-A-Tooth has been hard at work in preparations and fundraising for tomorrow's JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Boston! We are excited to announce that we are a proud corporate sponsor of the event and will be at our Store-A-Tooth booth on what should be a beautiful New England fall day!

We are nearing our goal of $5,000 in fundraising and are one of the top corporate donors which is very exciting!

There is one day left to reach our goal and we won't stop until we reach our goal!

The walk begins tomorrow, October 13, at 10:30 AM at the DCR Hatch Shell, Boston.Please stop by our Store-A-Tooth - Stem Cells For a Cure booth, by the front entrance, if you will be around or attending the walk and come say hi or chat!

Looking forward to tomorrow!

If you would like to see our fundraising progress and donate to our team, please visit our team page at http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/Find_A_Cure 
No donation is too small!

To visit our new Stem Cells for a Cure initiative, please visit http://www.stemcellsforacure.com

Nobel Peace Prize in Medicine Awarded to Stem Cell Researchers

Posted by Marissa Oneill on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 @ 02:12 PM

stem cell nobel winners The 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine has been awarded to British researcher John Gurdon, 79, and Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka, 50, for their groundbreaking discovery in stem cell science.

The pair was able to demonstrate how to make the equivalent of embryonic stem cells without the ethical questions those very multi-faceted cells pose. Once these equivalent "blank slate" cells are created, they can develop into many other cell types; for example, skin cells can transform into brain cells.

This huge development has sparked an overflow of excitement and hope in the medical community for treatments of many diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, diabetes and so on.


Gurdon and Yamanaka performed "courageous experiments" that challenged scientific opinion, said Doug Melton, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.

"Their work shows ... that while cells might be specialized to do one thing, they have the potential to do something else," Melton said. It "really lays the groundwork for all the excitement about stem cell biology."



To find out more about how you can take advantage of these groundbreaking stem cell breakthroughs and how you can bank your children's stem cells with Store-A-Tooth please download the family information kit below.



Tags: Research, Healthcare, Regenerative Medicine

7 cartoons to make you smile - Stem cells can be 'seriously' funny...

Posted by Marissa Oneill on Thu, Oct 04, 2012 @ 12:05 PM

Who knew stem cells could be funny?!
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