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A Stem Cell Victory for Patients
FRC ^ | August 25, 2010 | Dr. David Prentice

Posted on 02/10/2011 5:58:32 PM PST by Coleus

The U.S. District Court injunction that stops federal taxpayer funding of human embryonic stem cell research should make patients happy.  The judge ruled that federal funding for embryonic stem cell research violates a current law, passed annually since the Clinton administration, prohibiting government funding for research that involves the destruction of human embryos.

He added that there is a limited amount of federal funding for stem cells, and funding embryonic stem cells competes with adult stem cells. But only adult stem cells are treating people. The good news is that this ruling should free up more funding for adult stem cell research -- which is legal, uncontroversial and already helping treat thousands of patients.

Here are just a few examples of the published scientific successes of adult stem cells:

For sickle cell disease, published medical papers note that donor adult stem cells are the "only curative therapy." Other patients have had hip repairs using their own adult stem cells, and non-healing bone fractures have been healed. Published medical papers in journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association and The Lancet document improvements in patients treated with adult stem cells for juvenile diabetes and multiple sclerosis.  It is adult stem cells that are treating people now, people like Laura Dominguez. A quadriplegic after a car accident, Laura was treated for spinal-cord injury with her own nasal adult stem cells, and she has regained movement and sensation in her lower body. Laura continues to work hard at her physical therapy, bluntly stating, "I'm going to walk again." You can see Laura's story and others at Stem Cell Research Facts.

Non-controversial adult stem cells from bone marrow, umbilical cord blood and other tissues are treating thousands of patients around the globe, with an estimated 50,000 adult stem cell transplants occurring annually worldwide. For some diseases, adult stem cell transplants have become the "standard of care," meaning the treatments are so effective that they are a doctor's best choice for sick patients.  Embryonic stem cells, in contrast, are ethically controversial since obtaining them requires the destruction of human embryos. However, millions in funding has led to no patient treatments. Adult stem cells in contrast are contained throughout the body, raising no ethical concerns.

The federal government has funded much research on adult stem cells, often for bone marrow transplants. But it can do more. Bipartisan legislation called the Patients First Act (H.R. 877), sponsored by Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., and Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., would prioritize federal government funding for stem cell projects that have the greatest chance for near-term benefit for patients, based on the scientific and clinical evidence.  Shouldn't we put patient treatments first? After all, it's not just tax dollars that are wasted on poor science; real lives have been lost.  David Prentice is senior fellow for the Center for Human Life and Bioethics at the Family Research Council.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: adultstemcells; drdavidprentice; frc; stemcells
Other articles written by or about Dr. David Prentice: 

Adult Stem Cell Success Stories - 2006
Adult Stem Cell Success Stories 2008 Update: January-June

Adult Stem Cell Success Stories - 2008 Update: July-December

Human Life & Bioethics (FRC - Family Research Council)

The Quest For A Cure-Groundbreaking Ethical Stem-Cell Research Provides Hope In A Family's Struggle

The Great Stem Cell Cover-up -- Promising Medical Research You Never Hear About.

CELLING LIES (Stem Cell Myths Exposed By Michael Fumento)

The Healing Power Of Adult Stem Cells

Scientists Closer To Cure For Parkinson's Thanks To Adult Stem Cell Research

Adult Stem Cell Research Reverses Effects Of Parkinson's Disease In Human Trial

Adult Stem Cell Research May Lead To Treatments For Brain Injuries, Disease

Best Kept Secret Of Adult Stem Cells: They Are Treating Multiple Sclerosis

Celling A Strategy, Opposition To Embryo-Destroying Research Is Not A Losing Issue

Scientist: Use Of Adult Stem Cell Research Better Than Embryonic Cells

The Politics And Promise Of Stem-Cell Research

Stem Cell News That Isn't Fit For Print

Adult Stem Cells: A Cure-All?

Science's Stem Cell Scam

The Great Stem Cell Cover-up -- Promising Medical Research You Never Hear About.

Babies Can Be Treated With Adult Stem Cells, Even In The Womb

Playing Politics With Stem Cells

Ethical Alternatives - Keeping A Focus On Ethics In Medical Research.

Latest Assault On The Pre-born

Leaked PBS Memo Reveals Improper Political Agenda

Spectacular Science Fraud Shakes Stem Cell Field

Medical Doctors Present Scientific Evidence Of Divine Healing At Conference In The Philippines

GE Subsidiary To Use Human Embryonic Stem Cells For Drug Testing (Spare Lab Rats From Toxic Drugs)

Tax-Funded Research Implants Aborted Fetal Tissue In Mice

Obama Admin Proposes Expanding Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Obamacare And Britain's NHS Move Forward With Rationing Of Health Care

Obama Scraps President's Bioethics Council After Forcing Embryonic Tax-Funding

1 posted on 02/10/2011 5:58:34 PM PST by Coleus
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2 posted on 02/10/2011 6:01:24 PM PST by Coleus (Adult Stem Cells Work, there is NO Need to Harvest Babies for Their Body Parts!)
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Italian doctors used patients' own adult stem cells to grow new corneal tissue to restore sight to people blinded by chemical burns, including one patient who had been blind for 50 years.

That is truly astounding! My hubby, SirKit, said that must have been a Hallelujah moment for that person!

3 posted on 02/11/2011 9:56:50 AM PST by SuziQ
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