Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Another medical breakthrough with adult stem cells

Bristol University scientists in England have created a living bandage from adult stem cells that will be used to heal common sports injuries. Dr. David Stevens of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) says knee injuries have, until now, been limited to surgical treatments such as removal of torn tissue and transplantation. However, he believes this new medical success could make knee and hip replacements obsolete.

"What they're doing with this living bandage is actually creating a collagen framework, putting adult stem cells from the bone marrow directly on that and using it as a patch in the leg, in the knee joint," Stevens explains. "And what happens is that it grows in and heals a tear that usually is unhealable in many patients."

He adds that researchers have made discovery after discovery for successfully treating illness through adult stem-cell therapies, even at a time when doors are getting ready to open for federal funding of research on human embryos, which are tiny human beings. "

And once again we're reminded that real cures for real people are going to come not through embryonic stem-cell research, which has been very difficult to move forward, but through using the ethical [use of] adult stem cells, which all of us have in our own bodies," the Christian physician concludes.

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