Wednesday, July 1, 2009

ANOTHER unreported breakthrough in adult stem cell research

Doctors at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles have announced the successful completion of the first human trials in growing new heart tissue from adult cardiac stem cells, which the researchers hope will be successful in repairing damage due to heart attacks.

In a cutting edge procedure the patient's own heart tissue is used to grow specialized heart stem cells that are then injected back into the patient. The first patient to actually receive the infusion of cells is heart attack victim Ken Milles, who underwent the procedure on Friday.

Milles is part of a 24-patient clinical trial that is the first test in using adult stem cells from a patient's own heart to attempt to heal injured heart muscle.

Dr. Eduardo Marbán, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute who developed the technique, said, "Five years ago, we didn't even know the heart had its own distinct type of stem cells. Now we are exploring how to harness such stem cells to help patients heal their own damaged hearts."

WHY DO WE NEVER HEAR THESE STORIES REPORTED IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA??? This was ONLY reported by Catholic media. If embryonic stem cell research had produced these results in cardiac treatment, is there any doubt it would be shouted from the rooftops?

Came across this viedo just minutes after making this post. It's a bit over the top, but makes the point and is pretty funny.

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