Monday, February 13, 2012

Stem cells help regrow heart tissue in small study

Stem Cells AMAZE me.  (Can you tell?!)  A bit of news.... Dominic no longer needs glasses for his far-farsightedness.  He wore glasses for 50+ years....  go figure!...

The new study involved 25 patients who had suffered very serious heart attacks; 24% of their heart's major pumping chamber had been replaced by scar tissue. One year later, doctors saw no improvement in those randomly assigned to get standard care. Among the 17 given stem cells, however, "we reversed about half the injury to the heart," said study author Eduardo Marban, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, in an e-mail. "We dissolved scar and replaced it with living heart muscle."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

7 long years. It has taken 7 years for the US medical system to CATCH UP to the rest of the world.

This article, though pro-adult stem cell, uses the same tired, B.S.
lines like: “This is the first instance of therapeutic regeneration”
This article blatantly ignores the thousands of of studies, trials and
patients successfully treated over the last 7 years.

Sadly, we won’t see stem cell treatments readily, commonly and
commercially available in the US for a long time. Many people will
offer comments on these developments…
The uninformed will say: “first time ever!”
The optimists will say: “better late than never”
The realists will say: “10 years before US patients will have access to these treatments”
The families of those who have died over the past 7 years will say: “if only the US woke up sooner”

Stem cell treatments are available NOW outside of the United States at
some of the most modern and advanced hospitals and clinics in the
world. Maybe, just maybe, the families of those who WILL die from heart
disease over the NEXT 10 years will say: “NOW is the time to go where
they have been treating heart disease with stem cells for over half a

History of stem cell treatment for heart disease: