Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Springhill Group: What is the Stem Cell Therapy?
We have been hearing about this stem cell lately but does everyone know about what this really is? According to medical researchers, stem cell treatments have the potential to change the face of human disease and alleviate suffering.
There are already many stem treatments nowadays but they are not usually used because they tend to be experimental and they are very expensive.
Medical researchers foresee being able to use technologies derived from stem cell research to treat cancer, spinal cord injuries, and muscle damage, amongst a number of other diseases and impairments.
This stem cell therapy is established in order to treat disease or injury by introducing new adult stem cells into damaged tissue. Stem cell therapy is an intervention strategy. The good thing about stem cell is that there are minimal risk of rejection and side effects. They have the ability to self-renew and give rise to subsequent generations with variable degrees of differentiation capacities. They also offer significant potential for generation of tissues that can potentially replace diseased and damaged areas in the body.
It has been said that there are already a number of stem-cell therapies that exist but most are costly. But bone-marrow transplantation, to some extent has exemption.
Medical researchers are hopeful of that adult and embryonic stem cells will soon be able to treat cancer, Type 1 diabetes mellitus, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Celiac disease, cardiac failure, muscle damage and neurological disorders, and many others. Even so, more research is necessary to understand stem-cell behavior before stem-cell therapeutics can be practiced in the clinical setting and upon transplantation as well as the mechanisms of stem-cell interaction with the diseased/injured microenvironment.
Tissues and organs in the body that are damaged due to age, disease and congenital defects can now regenerate and be repaired by the use of stem cells to create living and functional tissues again. Stem cells have the ability to go to these damaged areas and regenerate new cells and tissues by performing a repair and a renewal process. They restore functionality.
Stem cells have the power of restoring organ and/or tissue function for patients with serious injuries or chronic disease in which the bodies own responses are not sufficient enough to restore functional tissue. The growing number of patients who needs transplantation and the fear of looking old lead to a search for new and alternative therapies.
Although stem cell therapy comes in to be very costly more and more are trying to gain benefits from the therapy. There were many claims that the said therapy is yet very effective yet no side effects at all. But many are still skeptical of stem cell theraphy because it is still under research and study. It may have no effects now but could have later on.