Skip to comments.Stem Cells May Offer New Way to Treat Blocked Arteries (Adult Stem Cells)
Posted on 05/19/2009 4:14:38 PM PDT by neverdem
TUESDAY, (HealthDay News) -- Injecting bone marrow cells into the heart's muscular wall restored blood flow to hearts with blocked arteries for which conventional treatments had proven ineffective, Dutch physicians have reported.
"I think this is very good news for patients who are at the end of the line and have no options left," said Dr. Douwe E. Atsma, an interventional cardiologist at Leiden University Medical Center and an author of the study, which appears in the May 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The 50 people in the study, 43 of them men, were experiencing angina, or severe chest pain, because of blockages in their heart arteries. All had undergone several artery-opening procedures, such as angioplasty or bypass surgery, to restore blood flow, but such measures would no longer help them, Atsma said.
Half of the participants received injections of cells taken from their own bone marrow, and the others received inactive cell injections. After three months, the responses were varied, with some participants reporting complete relief and others with partial benefits.
"The most important thing is that the amount of ischemia [artery blockage] was halved" in those given the marrow cells, Atsma said. "The amount of tissue with ischemia was reduced, heart function improved significantly in a small way and their grades of quality of life were higher."
Two earlier and smaller trials of bone marrow cell therapy for heart disease had produced conflicting results, Atsma said. "We are the largest trial to date and the first to demonstrate a decrease in ischemia," he said.
The results were so good, Atsma said, that the participants who had gotten the dummy injections have since been given bone marrow cell therapy, and "we now consider it an option for patients in the same condition," he said...
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I thought if your bone marrow got into your bloodstream, you died. Where’d I get that idea?
Bone marrow = stem cells
Its my understanding that research with adult stem cells have been much more successful than embryonic in many instances. For example the Brazilian adult stem cell study that “cured” patients of diabetes.
They always put this stuff out here; and then we never hear about it again.
Maybe. Does that cause a fever?
That’s why they need so many embryonic stem cells - they haven’t been successful yet. Maybe God doesn’t WANT them to be successful with something that kills babies.
...so far, in ALL instances. That is why it is so important that the left keeps people ignorant of the difference between embryonic stem cells and all other stem cells, usually called adult, which is also misleading. Many people think that those of us who are opposed to embryonic stem cell research are opposed to all stem cell research. The left, dems and DBM, have a vested interest in keeping this misinformation going.
I didn't see any thing about adult stem cell research or induced pluripotent stem cells besides banning their use in human/animal hybrids, aka chimeras.
Meant to say “here”,my bad.
You can also add at least two eye diseases, MS and a few others. Embyonic has been one, big zero so far.
You can also add type 1 and type 2 diabetes (promising results!!!!)
emryonic stem cell research is big business for Planned Parenthood and their ilk. This is why people don’t know the real data.
God gave us the means by which we can treat diseases, by using the very cells which make up our own bodies.
He may have cut off FEDERAL funding, but I believe that companies can still do the research on their own dimes. The biggest difference here is that research using embryonic stem cells has not shown any promise, therefore companies didn't want to take the financial risk. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, HAVE shown great promise, and I'm thinking that companies, looking to score big in patents, etc, would be willing to use their own money to fund this research.