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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Stem cell success, stem cell failure, which kind worked?

Conservatives, Ethics, Medicine, President Obama, Pro Life / Pro Abortion, Religion, Truth

Just this week, we have 2 more stories in the news about stem cells used in human trials. In one case, a Parkinson's disease sufferer was helped, and in another case, a child with a brain disease, stem cells made the situation worse. 

 

If you just listened to the campaign ads from past elections, you might be led to believe that only the embryonic or fetal stem cells held the promise of cures and relief from serious diseases. You might be led to believe that Republicans are heartless people, refusing to offer any relief to sufferers, such as actor Michael J. Fox, because of some moral hang up* with harvesting the unborn stem cells to help the living.

 

But once again, the facts prove otherwise. It is the ADULT stem cells that have shown promise and the EMBRYONIC stem cells that are fraught with problems.

 

First, the stem cell success: Adult Stem Cell Research Reverses Effects of Parkinson's Disease in Human Trial: (My emphasis throughout posting)

Los Angeles, CA (LifeNews.com) -- Scientists have published a paper in a medical journal describing the results of the world's first clinical trial using autologous neural stem cells for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

 

A leading bioethics watchdog says the results show more money should be put behind adult stem cells. UCLA researchers published their results in February issue of the Bentham Open Stem Cell Journal which outlines the long term results of the trial.

"We have documented the first successful adult neural stem cell transplantation to reverse the effects of Parkinson's disease and demonstrated the long term safety and therapeutic effects of this approach," says lead author Dr. Michel Levesque

...The team was able to inject the adult stem cells without the need for immunosuppressants. Unlike embryonic stem cells, adult stem cell injections don't cause a patient's immune system to reject the cells.

..."Of particular note are the striking results this study yielded -- for the five years following the procedure the patient's motor scales improved by over 80% for at least 36 months," Levesque wrote.

..."While the data show that the technique needs refinement, this patient went for several years with little to no symptoms of his disease, even with only half of the brain treated with his own adult stem cells," [said Dr. David Prentice of Family Research Council.]

Prentice says the results continue to prove that adult stem cells outpace their embryonic counterparts.

That indeed is good news! Do read the entire article.

 

Now contrast that success with this stem cell failure:  Report: Fetal stem cells trigger tumors in ill boy

WASHINGTON (AP) - A family desperate to save a child from a lethal brain disease sought highly experimental injections of fetal stem cells—injections that triggered tumors in the boy's brain and spinal cord, Israeli scientists reported Tuesday.

Scientists are furiously trying to harness different types of stem cells—the building blocks for other cells in the body—to regrow damaged tissues and thus treat devastating diseases. But for all the promise, researchers have long warned that they must learn to control newly injected stem cells so they don't grow where they shouldn't, and small studies in people are only just beginning.

Tuesday's report in the journal PLoS Medicine is the first documented case of a human brain tumor—albeit a benign, slow-growing one—after fetal stem cell therapy, and hammers home the need for careful research. The journal is published by the Public Library of Science.

The boy underwent several injections of fetal stem cells from age 9 -12. His condition did not improve. Tests revealed 2 new tumors were at fault necessitating surgery.

But was the boy prone to tumors anyway or were the fetal stem cells to blame? A Tel Aviv University team extensively tested the tumor tissue and concluded it was the fetal cells. Among other evidence, some of the cells were female and had two normal copies of the gene that causes A-T—although that boy's underlying poor immune function could have allowed the growths to take hold.

In this case, the boy's condition may not have been treatable with any kind of stem cell, but it is known that the embryonic type have been prone to growing unwanted tumors in the animal tests.

And which kind of stem cell research do President Obama and the Democrats support giving government funding to?  The kind of stem cells that DON'T work, the EMBRYONIC ones.

 

Why? I believe because they are desperate to prove that we need to consider the embryo nothing more than a piece of tissue. It fits into their agenda to promote abortion.

 

There are more than 70 beneficial treatments already being used on human beings that come from using ADULT stem cells. You can read more about current treatments at Stemcellresearch.org It is pretty exciting.

 

 

*I don't expect a person without religious convictions to understand this, but if you are a person of faith, I ask you to consider this: I believe God is a benevolent God. He created everything. He knows what works and what doesn't.

Do you really think He would make the only cure to a disease be at the expense of another living being? I don't. If it were true, that would be a cruel choice indeed. Thankfully, we don't have to make that choice. In fact, the opposite is true. As it stands now, the promise of cure is coming from ADULT stem cells, not those obtained from destroying an embryo. 

 

Sampling of positive ADULT stem cell results: Treating MS Symptoms With Stem Cells, Stem-cell transplant wipes out HIV, The miracle teabag: Stem cells in a pack help stroke victim to talk again

Investor' Business Daily: Stem Cells: Ideology or Science?  

 

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Brookfield7, Fairly Conservative, Vicki McKenna, Jay Weber, The Right View Wisconsin, Mark Levin, The Heritage Foundation, CNS News

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