Stem cell research has become a very popular discussion over the last decade. It is a subject that has been met with both promise and skepticism from all parties, and chances are, you have your own view points on the matter as well. But what don’t you know about stem cell therapy?
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is the technology in which a person’s own stem cells are taken and then redistributed into the body as mature cells for various organs. Stem cells have the ability to self-renew indefinitely, meaning they have the capability to divide many times and specialize to promote the healing of organs while still sustaining the original undifferentiated cell.
Stem cell therapy is considered to be one of the most exciting pieces of medical technology of the 21st century. Stems cells hold the potential to unique treatments and cures for over 70 major diseases and conditions that affect millions of people, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). diabetes, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease and more.
Here are a few things you may not know about stem cell therapy:
Not All Stem Cells Are Alike
There are two main different types of stem cells, adult and embryonic. Adult stems cells are multipotent, which means they can turn into several different kinds of cells within the same basic cell type. Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent. This means they can turn into all of the body’s cell types except egg and sperm cells. Adult stem cells are being used for research and treatment today.
Stem cell research could lead to more treatments that save millions of lives and improve the quality-of-life for millions more. Life-saving stem cell treatments are already successful and in widespread use for some diseases. For example, bone marrow transplants use stem cells to treat leukemia. Scientists have also created “tissue patches” for burn victims. They have grown islet cells that produce insulin to treat diabetes and healthy brain cells to ease the symptoms of disorders like Parkinson’s disease. They have genetically changed cells and then used them to deliver healing or protective agents to injured or diseased areas of the body.
Stems Cells Are Not a Cure
It is important to note that research and treatments are constantly being conducted in the United States and across the world when it comes to stem cell therapy. Stem cells have the potential to treat a variety of diseases and injuries, but they are not considered of miracle cure. Ask your doctor, do some research or see what other people are saying about stem cell therapy.
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General Support for Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell research has strong support by many notable groups including the American Medical Association and the National Health Council. Sixty-eight percent of Americans support embryonic stem cell research and 64 percent of Americans support federal funding of research on chronic diseases using stem cells taken from human embryos. With more research and understanding, stem cell therapy is starting to gain more positive interest.
States Can Decide on Stem Cell Research
Although the federal government may have stalled on stem cell research, each of the 50 states is free to pass their own laws when it comes to stem cell research. For example, in 2010 Minnesota overturned its ban on paying scientists to engage in all forms of human cloning. Scientists have since researched different uses and applications for stem cell usage.
At the Lung Institute, we offer stem cell therapy for patients diagnosed with COPD. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with COPD and want to learn more about treatment options, please contact us or call (800) 729-3065 today.
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