Dr AJ Cummings community involvement

The Peoria Medical Society Alliance held a delightful fundraising dinner in Peoria Heights. The proceeds from this event will be used to fulfill 2023 funding for charities including Almost Home, Boys & Girls Clubs, Bradley University, GLOW, Great Oaks Camp, HULT, Invictus Woods, Loaves & Fishes, Peoria Public School Foundation, Center for the Prevention of Abuse, and Lifeline Pilots.

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Dr. AJ Cummings fundraising dinner

PRP to help androgenic hair loss

A review of the literature on the use of PRP in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia found that it had a considerable benefit with no serious side effects. A lecture by Dr. Deirdre Hooper at the 16th Annual ODAC Dermatology, Aesthetics and Surgical Conference is summarised and discussed the benefits of PRP for hair loss and other cosmetic uses.

Hello Botox and Bye-Bye Crow’s Feet

Botox to treat Crow’s feer. Lines can give us character but sometimes people don’t want so much character. Botox is a way to soften those lines. Some of our clients want the lines softened just a bit and some of our clients want their Crow’s feet gone. Here is an example of one of our clients showing her maximum smile in both pictures. Crow’s feet gone thanks to Botox and our skilled injectors at DaVinci Med Spa. Other places commonly treated include the forehead and the frown lines between the eyebrows. Contact us for an appointment. https://davincimed.com/contact/

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How do Muscles Feel Pain

Your body needs to sense how long your muscles are to understand their position to help them function more efficiently. They have tiny sensory organs called muscle spindles. These are the sensory nerves that tell how long are short the muscle is worth it is quickly stretched.

Muscles have pain receptors in the membranes that surround them as well as where blood vessels course in the muscle. Research published in 2010 sheds new light onto how pain is felt in relation to these muscle spindles. When the muscle is injured such as an overload or a sprain strain these pain receptors are activated. Damage to these filaments can contribute to chronic muscle pain.

Journal: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0011131

Stem Cell Delivery Technique for Spinal Cord Regenerative Medicine

Significant research is underway in Regenerative Medicine to use neural stem cells or neural precursor cells to repair spinal cord injuries or diseases. One of the issues to address has been the delivery method to get these stem cells and growth factors into the spinal cord. Stem cells are able to generate into different types of functional cells. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a method to inject growth factors and draw in Stem Cells. One of the differential cells down the line are neural precursor cells. Stem cells differentiate into other types of cells in part because of the environment or types of cells that are surrounding them.

There is an inherent risk when injecting stem cells into or around the spinal cord as the needle itself can cause damage to the spinal cord or cause bleeding in the area. Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have been conducting new delivery techniques play stem cells in and around injured spinal cords. They have been experimenting on mice trying to find a precise delivery method for the spinal stem cells which minimize the risk of spinal cord injury. They have developed a new technique which is less invasive, where they inject the cells into a tiny space just above the spinal cord. This anatomical space is called the spinal subpial space. When neural stem cells are placed in this area they are able to migrate into the damaged or diseased areas and take on the regenerative properties of the cells around them with the goal to become functional healthy neural cells. Further research is planned on different animal models with anatomy resembling human structures.

Martin Marsala, Kota Kamizato, Takahiro Tadokoro, Michael Navarro, Stefan Juhas, Jana Juhasova, Silvia Marsala, Hana Studenovska, Vladimir Proks, Tom Hazel, Karl Johe, Manabu Kakinohana, Shawn Driscoll, Thomas Glenn, Samuel Pfaff, Joseph Ciacci. Spinal parenchymal occupation by neural stem cells after subpial delivery in adult immunodeficient ratsSTEM CELLS Translational Medicine, 2019; 9 (2): 177 DOI: 10.1002/sctm.19-0156

Cosmetic Gift Certificates

Are you looking for last minute gift ideas? Pamper them and yourself with cosmetic gift certificates. Through the month of December purchase a gift certificate for micro-needling or a Botox treatment and get a coupon to use for yourself for 15% off your Botox or micro-needling treatment. Micro-needling, also called collagen induction therapy, can have results which improve skin texture and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is a very common cosmetic procedure that helps relax muscles and soften wrinkles and creases around the face. Contact us to purchase your gift certificate and receive your 15% off coupon. Restrictions apply. Happy Holidays.

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Botox Cosmetic Day

Botox cosmetic to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles is a very popular treatment nationally and at DaVinci Med Spa. Today is botox cosmetic day. To help celebrate we are offering a special for $125 Botox gift certificate for only $100. Contact us to redeem this offer and schedule a consultation. Conditions apply. #BotoxCosmeticDay

Lipid turnover rates and aging insight may help with regenerative medicine

A better understanding of lipids cellular metabolism may have clinical applications with regenerative medicine in the future. A recent article published in the journal Nature Medicine investigates an interesting question. Why do many older people struggle to keep from gaining excess weight? This longitudinal study took place over a 13-year period and they studied the fat cells of 54 men and 41 women who had gastric bypass type surgery. They found that over time the rate of lipid turnover in these individuals slowed up. This decreasing rate of processing fat appeared to be an independent variable on a cellular level. It also suggested that one way to increase lipid metabolism is regular exercise.

Forehead Wrinkle Reduction with Botox

We all love to laugh, smile and show happy excitement. Many of us want to do this with a smooth clear forehead when we face the world and the mirror. Botox is a simple and effective method to reduce unwanted forehead wrinkles and lines. At DaVinci Med Spa we pride ourselves in great results with happy clients who face the world with a beautiful smile. Here is it before and after from one of our patients who took some selfies. This is some of the Botox work we do at DaVinci Med Spa. We love it when our clients are so excited they want to share their results with the world.

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Regenerative Medicine and Human Neural Networks

Regenerative medicine has reached another milestone. Scientist from the University of California San Diego have demonstrated neural network activity which mimics early human brain activity. Using pluripotent stem cells the researchers were able to place them in an environment which promoted the development of brain tissue. The development progressed far enough to actually begin demonstrating neural network activity. These were observed using EEG technology. While these group of neural cells are only about the size of a pea, this is a huge development in using regenerative medicine to create human brain tissue.

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