All About Stem Cells!

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Stem Cells and "Right to Try"

This was an interesting commentary by blogger, Derek Lowe. 

I have always “loved” the way stem cell companies use the “pick-up line”: “We’re currently conducting 'patient-funded clinical trials'.”  (I made a couple of posts in January, about the many clinics offering a myriad of stem cell treatments.)

When considering all the factors involved in “Right to Try”, I have always had difficulty in deciding which side of the debate to be on.

Out of curiosity—- click like on this post, if you believe patients should have the “right to try”  experimental treatments that have completed basic safety testing.

A Dose-escalation Safety Trial for Intrathecal Autologous Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - Clinical Trials - Mayo Clinic Research

I just stumbled across this article, dated June 19, 2014:

http://www.healio.com/spine-surgery/spinal-cord-and-nerves/news/online/%7B8cbb9b53-416a-4d26-af1e-c85e082262b4%7D/mayo-clinic-study-to-use-stem-cells-to-help-slow-als-progression

Mayo clinic is conducting a study to determine the safety of intrathecal delivery of adipose derived autologous mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with ALS.  (Information on their website was last updated this past February.)

Vietnam hospital fixes man’s paralyzed limbs using stem cells

Things that make you go hmmmmm…  I love the way that the stem cell protocol was not even described beyond “adipose derived stem cells” / applied intravenously / intra-medullary  application. Also, there is no mention of how long ago the patient suffered the injury.   

I do believe in the healing properties of stem cells and their homing capacity which allows them to make their way to damaged tissue, but…

Anyway, I’m happy that the patient had a successful recovery.

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This is a video that Anthony Nolan have created to inform people about the process of donating stem cell and bone marrow with Anthony Nolan. The video is illustrated which makes a serious topic seem quite fun and quirky. This is a strong branding technique which I will use throughout my awareness campaign for Anthony Nolan.

In London :)