Thursday, July 13, 2017


Stem cells are naturally occurring cells in the body that can develop into nearly any other type of cells. More advanced treatments using stem cells developed in labs are being worked on by academic researchers. So far, use on patients has been limited to clinical trials. Stem cells sources include: BRAIN/SPINAL CORD Certain types of neural stem cells produce fatty insulation that protects nerves. BONE MARROW These stem cells can transform into bone, fat, tendon or cartilage cells. SKIN CELLS from skin can be genetically manipulated to behave like embryonic stem cells. EMBRYOS Cells are collected from embryos fertilized at an invitro fertilization clinics. Then, donated for research. Embryonic stem cells can mature into any human cell. The fat is harvesting while the patient is under local anesthesia. The doctors perform a mini liposuction. Fat tissue is removed from the waist, hip or side of the body. Preparation of the cells is done by the fat being spun in a centrifuge. This separates the stem cells from the tissue. Then for the treatment, the stem cells are returned to the patient's body. This is done through an intravenous infusion or an injection directly into the joints, tendons or ligaments. Stem cell clinics promise relief from spinal cord injury, stroke, Parkinson's disease, ALS and Alzheimer's.

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