Stem Cell Research
What is Being Researched About Stem Cells?
Stem cells are sometimes a controversial topic in the United States due to its association with pregnancy. However, most stem cell procedures that are performed in the United States, all except those being conducted through approved clinical trials, are done using autologous stem cells. These cells are extracted from the patient’s own body. Unfortunately, most people do not understand autologous stem cells or have even heard of them being used for stem cell research.
Types of Stem Cells
There are many types of stem cells that have been researched. The ones that typically make headlines are fetal derived stem cells. These stem cells are sought for research due to their ability to become nearly any type of cell in the body. Similarly, umbilical cord blood stem cells can also be used to create a plethora of different cell types, and these cells have the added benefit that they are not taken from a fetus, but are a natural occurrence found in the umbilical cord post birth. Finally, there are autologous stem cells, also known as adult stem cells, which can be found in the body of an adult.
Autologous Stem Cells and Adult Stem Cells
Can Stem Cells Treat Everything and Anything?
Well for the most part yes, but more research is needed to measure the extent of just how useful stem cell therapy can be for patients suffering from different conditions. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t information available though from current studies.
By using gel remedies, doctors have been able to target the injured site and apply stem cells to help promote the healing process of the bone. With the constant use of stem cells over time, the hope is that the cells will promote healing in the bone matter.
Another recent study has found that stem cells have been able to help heal the heart. For patients that have suffered from a heart attack or have issues with the heart, stem cells have actually been applied to start the healing process in the tissue and arteries around the heart. With more research being conducted daily.
The future does look bright that one day stem cells will be able to help promote healing and hopefully reverse the effects of our most damaging diseases. More time is needed obviously, but there is much to be excited about. Of course, stem cell therapy can be treated at the Lung Institute for certain lung diseases. If you or someone you love would like know more about treatment options, feel free to contact one of our patient care coordinators today or call (800) 729-3065 today.