Adult Stem Cells, Not Embryonic, Helping Patients With Multiple Sclerosis

Bioethics
A groundbreaking new study provides more good news for treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) with adult stem cells. Researchers at the University of Bristol used patients’ own adult stem cells to treat their MS. In a Phase I clinical trial, six patients with MS were treated with their own bone marrow adult stem cells and their progress followed for one year. The treatment appeared to stabilized the patients’ condition and showed some benefits. As one measure of the success of the procedure, damaged nerve pathways were able to carry electrical pulses more effectively after the treatment. Multiple sclerosis is an incurable disease, with the patient’s own immune system attacking the central nervous system and eventually leaving many patients in a wheelchair. One of the most encouraging aspects of this trial…
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Placenta-derived stem cell therapy may benefit patients with Crohn’s disease

Bioethics
The successes for adult, cord blood, and placental-derived stem cells just keep piling up. Now comes an AP report saying, "Celgene Corporation ... reported a successful safety trial of a placenta-derived stem cell therapy as a treatment for Crohn's disease." During the trial, "12 patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease," who had been previously treated unsuccessfully, "were given two infusions of Celgene's PDA-001 at one week apart, at one of two doses." According to Celgene, patients who received a lower-dose of PDA-001 appeared to benefit from the treatment and clinical remission was noted in four participants, Reuters reported. Such findings were considered so encouraging that the firm has decided to test the therapy on a broad spectrum of diseases. What's more, PDA-001 is unlikely to draw ire, because it…
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First-Ever Treatment of Stroke Using Adult Stem Cells (another reason embryonic stem cell research is doomed)

Bioethics
In what is believed to be the nation's first such procedure, doctors in Texas were able to successfully use adult stem cells from a patient to treat the effects of his stroke. Physicians from Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston were involved in the process. More Information: (more…)
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Healing for the Holidays: Adult Stem Cell Research Still Outpaces Embryonic by Miles and Miles and Miles …

Bioethics, General Health, Heart Health
Today we seem to be floating on a tattered raft of bad news, but this is a week for Thanksgiving, and it seems only right to note that for all the trouble we face, we live in the most blessed times in human history. This is also an extraordinary era for medicine. As we count our blessings this week, consider what one field - adult stem cell research and therapy - is accomplishing for human healing. More Information: (more…)
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Adult Stem Cells Treat Lung Disease

Bioethics, Health Headlines
CitizenLink.org is reporting that two Canadians have been injected with a genetically modified version of their own adult stem cells in an attempt to cure pulmonary hypertension, a rare, debilitating lung disease. The procedure, which has successfully cured rats with pulmonary hypertension, has halted the progress of the disease in the patients. The first patient, who has had the disease for 13 years, is reporting no ill effects from the treatment and has seen her condition improve. My Take? (more…)
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Adult Stem Cells Show Promise for Healing Broken Bones

Bioethics, Health Headlines
CitizenLink is reporting that researchers at the University of North Carolina have used adult stem cells to improve the healing of broken bones in mice. Dawn Vargo, bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said: "Although this particular treatment is still being tested in mice, it might soon be added to the long list of adult stem-cell treatments successfully used in people suffering from debilitating.” (more…)
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It’s time to stop wasting money on embryonic stem cell research

Bioethics
In a stunning news story, "Scientists Admit Embryonic Stem Cell Research Hasn't Been Successful," Lord Patel of Dunkeld, the chairman of the United Kingdom National Stem Cell Network and a chancellor at Dundee University, says "embryonic stem cell research is simply not working." As I've pointed out in media interviews for years, embryonic stem cell research has not been used to help a single person and is siphoning off research dollars that could be used to further adult stem cell research. (more…)
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