WisBusiness.com: Researchers develop method to treat radiation-induced tissue damage

WisBusiness.com: Researchers develop method to treat radiation-induced tissue damage

Researchers at UW-Madison have discovered a new method for treating radiation-induced tissue damage using certain white blood cells altered with stem cells.

According to an info sheet from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, existing radiation treatments can reduce damage to the thyroid, which can have its hormone producing capabilities reduced by radiation. They can also bind to radioactive material to keep it from getting absorbed by the body.

But these therapies have some drawbacks, WARF says, such as failing to protect bone marrow or enhance immune recovery.

To improve upon available options, UW-Madison scientists discovered that macrophages — a certain type of white blood cell — can regenerate some tissues after being “educated” by stem cells to do so. This strategy minimizes damage due to radiation, and “increases survival in clinically significant ways.”

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