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UK Doctors trying to catch up to VesCell?

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - Stem Cell Guru

The BBC reported today ("Stem cell heart cure to be tested ") that trials may soon begin in the UK using bone-marrow stem cells to treat heart disease. The work is being funded by a charity, the Heart Cells Foundation, set up by stem cell patient Ian Rosenberg who was treated in Germany two years ago. While it is good to see stem cell research for heart disease taking place, it is discouraging to see doctors in the UK reinventing the wheel. People can be treated now for their heart conditions. While trials are necessary for approval in the UK, the BBC article this post links to does not recognize that the UK trials are and older-generation of treatment since surpassed and that UK citizens do not have to wait until enough money has been raised to complete them.

After all Rosenburg already knows:

"Within a matter of months, I was able to do things I could only dream of doing before, such as walking up and down stairs or playing golf," he said.

"Stem cell therapy has given me years I never thought I would have.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

some questions for you. can you modify this tratment to include members of groups who will not except blood transfusions or the practice of storing one's own blood over a period of time for later use

6:17 AM  
Blogger TheraVitae, maker of VesCell said...

We draw blood and then from that blood stem cells are harvested, not blood cells. The stem cells are then differentiated into Angiogenic Cell Precursors which are stem cells with the ability to turn into both vascular tissue and cardiac tissue. These specialized cells are then multiplied in the lab. The process does not involve putting blood cells back into the body.

Whether or not this violates any group's teachings on the use of human blood or what can and cannot be put into the body, I do not know.

8:57 AM  

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