Riordan-McKenna Institute Founders, Neil Riordan, PhD and Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Wade McKenna Present at the Mid American Regenerative and Cellular Medicine Showcase

Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

On October 26th at the Mid American Regenerative and Cellular Medicine Showcase in Chicago, leading applied stem cell research scientist Neil Riordan, PhD and Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Wade McKenna presented talks on New Techniques for Enhancing Stem Cell Therapy Effectiveness and Orthopedic Surgical Applications For Stem Cells.

Dr. Riordan focused on historical medical uses of amniotic membrane and the properties of AlphaGEMS that include: wound healing; inflammation and pain reduction; fibrosis risk reduction; growth factor source; adhesion reduction; regeneration support and stem cell enhancement, specifically regarding the mesenchymal stem cells contained within BMAC.

Dr. McKenna discussed the latest applications of BMAC stem cells in orthopedic surgeries like anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and how BMAC injections can virtually eliminate infection risk, reduce complications, increase graft strength, reduce post-surgical inflammation and significantly reduce recovery time. Dr. McKenna also talked about how bone marrow can now be safely and relatively painlessly harvested using his patented BioMAC catheter under local, not general anesthesia.

Dr. Riordan and Dr. McKenna are co-founders of the Riordan-McKenna Institute (RMI), which will be opening soon in Southlake, Texas. RMI will specialize in regenerative orthopedics including non-surgical stem cell therapy and stem cell-enhanced surgery using bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) and AlphaGEMS amniotic tissue product.

Other noteworthy speakers in attendance included: Paolo Macchiarini, MD-PhD, Arnold Caplan, PhD and Mark Holterman, MD-PhD. Dr. Macchiarini and Dr. Holterman are well known for their work on the first stem cell trachea transplant. Dr. Caplan discovered the mesenchymal stem cell and is commonly referred to as the “father of the mesenchymal stem cell”.

About Neil Riordan PhD

Dr. Riordan is the co-founder of the Riordan-McKenna Institute (RMI), which will be opening soon in Southlake, Texas. RMI will specialize in regenerative orthopedics including non-surgical stem cell therapy and stem cell-enhanced surgery using bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) and AlphaGEMS amniotic tissue product.

Dr. Riordan is founder and chief scientific officer of Amniotic Therapies Inc. (ATI). ATI specializes in amniotic tissue research and development. Its current product line includes AlphaGEMS and AlphaPATCH amniotic tissue-based products.

Dr. Riordan is the founder and chairman of Medistem Panama, Inc., (MPI) a leading stem cell laboratory and research facility located in the Technology Park at the prestigious City of Knowledge in Panama City, Panama. Founded in 2007, MPI stands at the forefront of applied research on adult stem cells for several chronic diseases. MPI’s stem cell laboratory is ISO 9001 certified and fully licensed by the Panamanian Ministry of Health. Dr. Riordan is the founder of Stem Cell Institute (SCI) in Panama City, Panama (est. 2007).

Under the umbrella of MPI subsidiary Translational Biosciences, MPI and SCI are currently conducting five IRB-approved clinical trials in Panama for multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis using human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells, mesenchymal trophic factors and stromal vascular fraction. Additional trials for spinal cord injury, autism and cerebral palsy are slated to commence in 2014 upon IRB approval.

Dr. Riordan is an accomplished inventor; listed on more the 25 patent families, including 11 issued patents. He is credited with a number of novel discoveries in the field of cancer research since the mid-1990s when he collaborated with his father Dr. Hugh Riordan on the effects of high-dose intravenous vitamin C on cancer cells and the tumor microenvironment. This pioneering study on vitamin C’s preferential toxicity to cancer cells notably led to a 1997 patent grant for the treatment of cancer with vitamin C. In 2010, Dr. Riordan received another patent for a new cellular cancer vaccine.

Dr. Riordan is also the founder of Aidan Products, which provides health care professionals with quality nutraceuticals including Stem-Kine, the only nutritional supplement that is clinically proven to increase the amount of circulating stem cells in the body for an extended period of time. Stem-Kine is currently sold in 35 countries.

Dr. Riordan earned his Bachelor of Science at Wichita State University and graduated magna cum laude. He received his Master’s degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Riordan completed his education by earning a Ph.D. in Health Sciences at Medical University of the Americas.

About Dr. Wade McKenna

Dr. Wade McKenna is cofounder of the Riordan-McKenna Institute. He is a leading advocate of Autologous Stem Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine focusing on advancing the clinical benefits in orthopedics.

Board certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. McKenna is the chief medical officer and co-founder of Biologic Therapies, a product development and research company dedicated to the advancement of autologous adult stem cell therapy. His achievements include the recent development of the BioMac bone marrow aspiration catheter, treating world-class athletes, and developing numerous surgical and non-surgical stem cell application protocols.

After receiving his undergraduate degree and earning his medical degree at Oklahoma State University, Dr. McKenna completed his orthopedic residency at the Dallas/Ft Worth Medical Center and his trauma fellowship at Tampa General Hospital. With over 20 years in private practice, Dr. McKenna has successfully built McKenna Orthopedics in Trophy Club, Texas and North Central Texas Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Decatur, Texas.

Dr. McKenna has a proven track record of producing positive clinical outcomes augmented by concentrated, autologous bone marrow aspirate. Dr. McKenna has applied this stem cell-enriched product to thousands of surgical and non-surgical patients. Successful applications include long bone non-unions; avascular necrosis of the femoral head; severe clavicle non-unions; cartilage regeneration; chondrogenesis and soft tissue repair of the shoulder; chronic tendonopathy; tendon ruptures; numerous applications to common, often difficult foot and ankle injuries; and wrists fractures.

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Author Elizabeth Nhau-Chirigo Uncovers Her Inspiring Memoir

Gloucester, England (PRWEB) October 17, 2014

Elizabeth Nhau-Chirigo’s life is like dripping water on a concrete slab. She learned a valuable lesson from her father that gripped her willpower and driven her to aim higher and dream bigger. Readers will discover the evidence of her achievements over life’s encounters in “Dripping Water” (published by Xlibris).

Growing up surrounded by bright siblings who were being rewarded both at school and home and it seemed she was often left out, Nhau-Chirigo developed a childhood depression. Her father must have quickly noticed that something is wrong, so he gave her a one to one teaching through the analogy of dripping water from a faulty water tap which is situated above a concrete slab. He said that if one visits the slab after a long time, one will find the water would have caused a hole on the slab. This teaching gripped her will power and contributed to the person she is today. The bigger contribution came from her hard-working mother who ran a humble sawing business from home which raised the family from ashes to riches.

“Dripping Water” does not only tells an inspiring true-to-life story, but also displays a true representation of the African culture linked to Christen principles in this modern era.

“Dripping Water”

By Elizabeth Nhau-Chirigo

Softcover | 6x9in | 120 pages | ISBN 9781493138937

E-Book | 120 pages | ISBN 9781493138944

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Elizabeth Nhau-Chirigo is a reputable businesswoman and a qualified adult nurse. She is a graduate of the University of the West of England, where she obtained her diploma in adult nursing. She also did further studies in church ministries and graduated from Destiny School of Ministry in Gloucester, United Kingdom. Elizabeth obtained her business diploma in imports and exports via distance learning with Antony Wade Consultancy of the United Kingdom.

She has travelled around the world and touched all the continents, allowing her to learn different cultures thereof. Having been born and brought up in Africa, she is totally convinced that all human beings were created the same, and therefore they should enjoy similar comforts. Her passion is to see advancement for an average person of Africa, particularly from her home country of Zimbabwe. She is a widow with two great daughters.

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Health Insurance Agents Can Be Critical Resource in Helping Consumers Make Right Coverage Choices

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) October 15, 2014

With the open enrollment period for year two of the Affordable Care Act only one month away, consumers will soon begin the now-annual process of confirming whether or not the health coverage choice they made in the previous year remains the best option for themselves, family members and their budgets. For many who didn’t seek assistance in year one, they should consider consulting with a professional insurance agent in year two to not only be essential but also a “no-brainer” since doing so does not increase the cost of coverage.

Barring another marketplace computer crash, year two of enrollment under the Affordable Care Act should present fewer technical challenges, but that doesn’t guarantee a smooth experience for all consumers. Many will still find the complexity of purchasing coverage overwhelming as they evaluate their purchase from year one and in many instances attempt to correct the bad and uninformed decisions they made during their initial enrollment. According to a recent poll conducted by the Associated Press and the international market research firm GfK, 75 percent of Americans still say the health care law is difficult to understand.

Based on the brief amount of time that some consumers spent on their first-year choices, many discovered they need to take a closer and more informed look at their options in year two. An Aflac poll released in September showed that 41 percent of those surveyed said they spent 15 minutes or less considering their options in 2013.

While government-funded navigators are available to help consumers complete the application process and answer general questions industry experts have raised concerns that reliance on inexperienced assisters could put consumers at risk and lead to choices that individuals later regret. The possibility of fraud, the lack of adequate training and navigators’ limited and often nonexistent knowledge of health insurance products raised concerns during year one about the new law, prompting several states, including Texas, to strengthen assister requirements in order to protect consumers.

“While steps such as requiring background checks may reduce the chance of individuals with criminal records becoming navigators, they don’t remove the risk of unscrupulous conduct. On the other hand, an insurance professional will be better able to provide the insight to help consumers choose appropriate coverage,” said Jacqueline St. Hilaire, president of the Texas Association of Health Underwriters.

St. Hilaire continued, “The least expensive plan may not be the best choice for everyone. The most expensive may not cover a particular doctor or procedure that a consumer wants. Understanding these types of details as well as the basics such as deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance are not easily explained by someone who lacks a working knowledge of insurance.”

A Kaiser Family Foundation survey of programs that assisted individuals signing up for coverage in 2013 found that 90 percent of those who offered assistance had been contacted by consumers with post-enrollment questions.

According to St. Hilaire, assisters and new marketplaces may offer access to rates and coverage available in a consumer’s area, but professional insurance agents have provided the same function, with added insight and personalized services for decades.

St. Hilaire and the army of professional agents within the organization she leads are licensed and trained to help consumers and businesses understand the complexities of health insurance and now health reform in the private market as well as through exchanges. Their personal and professional assistance is available to anyone purchasing coverage in the marketplace at no additional cost.

Health insurance agents are required to meet strict state-level exam-based licensing laws and annual continuing education requirements, as well as significant privacy, security and market conduct requirements. They are experienced and trusted with handling consumers’ very private personal and financial information. Many also have advanced training and professional designations reflecting their broad expertise and specialties in educating and advising on how to manage risk and make informed insurance choices.

St. Hilaire explained that many consumers are now realizing that making health coverage choices is not like buying a book or making a hotel reservation online. Benefits are complex and they are critically important to a family’s stability and peace of mind.

“You buy the wrong book and you’re out a few dollars. Make the wrong choice for health insurance and the consequences can be far more significant,” stated St. Hilaire.

Year two enrollment begins on November 15, 2014, and extends to February 15, 2015. For coverage to be effective January 1, 2015, it must be purchased by December 15, 2014. For those who purchased coverage in 2014 and want to change their health plan, they will also need to purchase by December 15, 2014.

Individuals and employers interested in locating a professional benefits adviser in their community who can assist with questions about year two of the Affordable Care Act may go to Find an Agent.


Texas Association of Health Underwriters (TAHU) is a state trade association representing licensed health insurance agents, brokers, consultants and benefit professionals who serve the health insurance needs of employers seeking health insurance coverage. TAHU is a state chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

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