Mar 30 2007
Well, the snakeoil of Embryonic Stem Cell cures is rapidly being exposed as the hype many of us with a scientific background predicted it would be (not hard to predict something you ‘know’). Let’s take a quick review of all the REAL progress being made by adult stem cells.
Here is a major breakthrough for Liver cancer and other Liver injuries – fast regeneration via adult stem cells:
For the first time, researchers have used adult bone marrow stem cells to regenerate healthy human liver tissue, according to a study published in the April issue of the journal Radiology.
When large, fast-growing cancers invade the liver, some patients are unable to undergo surgery, because removing the cancerous tissue would leave too little liver to support the body.
Researchers at Heinrich-Heine-University in DÃ¼sseldorf, Germany, used adult bone marrow stem cells to help quickly regenerate healthy liver tissue, enabling patients to eventually undergo a surgical resection.
And here is an adult stem cell therapy in the human testing phase which helps people recover better and faster from heart attacks. This one is so far advanced it has it’s marketting name in place – all ready for the public (more news here):
Heart attack patients who received an new intravenous adult stem cell therapy, Provacelâ„¢, experienced a lower number of adverse events, such as cardiac arrhythmias, and had significant improvements in heart, lung and global function compared to those who received a placebo, according to six-month Phase I study data presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Innovation in Intervention: i2Summit in New Orleans on March 25.
Here is a story about a bone marrow adult stem cell transplant which helped that knocked back into remission what was an extremely resilient case of leukemia:
My mom was one of those people that got cured of leukemia by getting a stem-cell transplant. My mom was so sick and chemotherapy couldn’t stop the leukemia from getting a lot worse, so she got a stem-cell transplant. My mom’s donor was a 21-year-old man who had a surgery to get these stem cells from his bone marrow and they were given to my mom. He is fine and was only feeling a little sore for a week or so. It did not kill him or have any serious effects on him. It has been two years since then and my mom is as healthy as ever!
Here is a story on how adult stem cellscould help the recovery from joint replacements or surgery become more complete and resilient:
Recovery from an injured knee or elbow can be a long and painful process. Cartilage is an exceptionally slow-healing tissue, and, until now, the missing or damaged tissue is often irreplaceable. Researchers at the University of Guelph are hoping stem cells might provide the needed tissue replacements.
Prof. Dean Betts and doctoral candidate Thomas Koch, Department of Biomedical Sciences, are hoping to use stem cells to improve cartilage healing after joint injuries. They’re working with horses, where joint injuries are both common and costly, and say the research could be a model for helping human joint injuries.
Here is the point, and someone needs to collect the data (hey GOP people in Congress, here is your chance to promote a good Bill!) to see the score card. We need to see how many people saved or helped by adult stem cell therapies plotted against how many people were killed as embryos to produce nothing. Because that is the brutal bottom line here. Embryonic Stem Cells have yet to produce anything beyond tumors and making things worse. Adult Stem Cells are saving lives. So how many lives have Adult Stem Cells saved or helped – and how many dead embryos trail the snakeoil BS of the embryo harvesting facilities of ESC who are all promises and no results?