We want to inform families, especially those affected with type 1 diabetes, about the option to store their kids' stem cells. It’s something they can do today to ensure access to potential treatments of tomorrow.
Lexington, MA (PRWEB) October 22, 2012
Provia Labs’ Store-A-Tooth™, a leader in dental stem cell preservation, continues to deepen its commitment to type 1 diabetes research. A sponsor at last weekend’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (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 with 16 walkers participating. And, just last month the company launched its “Store a Tooth - Find a Cure” initiative, offering a donation from every sale to help fund diabetes research.
With 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 storeatoothfindacure 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.