Spanish hospital uses stem cells to fix heart attack damage.
Posted 2/1/15

For the first time in medical history, a hospital in Madrid has successfully treated seven patients who recently suffered heart attacks by using stem cells from donors, according to the hospital’s statement.

“Seven patients have already been operated on and they have progressed very well despite having suffered serious damage to their heart tissue,” the statement, published by Madrid's Gregorio Maranon Hospital, said.

The hospital plans to treat 55 patients in the framework of the ongoing clinical trial which envisages a medical breakthrough in treating heart attacks. According to hospital officials, this is the first time cells coming from a genetically different person, or allogeneic cells, have been used to treat a myocardial infarction.

The injection of the cells is carried out through a coronary artery seven days after the patient has suffered a heart attack, so he is clinically stable and the cardio-repairing will be more effective. The new method limits the damage suffered after a heart episode, activating the regenerative capacity of the heart itself to produce new tissue.

A myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack, occurs when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle is blocked. If the heart can’t get oxygen for a sufficient period of time, the section of heart muscle without it begins to die. During recovery from a heart attack, the dead muscle is replaced by scar tissue which does not contract, reducing the heart’s ability to pump blood.

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Over the past decades, doctors have been researching methods to regenerate the scarred parts of the heart. The first in-human use of bone marrow stem cells (BMCs) to treat a heart attack was back in 2001. Since then, a large number of clinical studies have demonstrated their benefit.

There are two main types of stem cell transplants which have been used by doctors. The first one is an autologous stem cell transplant, in which the patient receives his or her own stem cells. The second is allogeneic – when stem cells are donated by another person.

The autologous method has been previously used by doctors. However, this method takes four to eight weeks to process a patient's own stem cells to be used in therapy, said the hospital’s head of cardiology, Francisco Ferandez-Avila, in a statement on Friday as quoted by AFP. Meanwhile, donor cells can be processed and stored, so they are available for immediate use, he added.

“Besides this very important advantage, this technique allows for the selection of donors whose cells show the greatest potential to repair” heart tissue, he said. “Before being processed, the allogeneic cells are exhaustively studied and only those that functioned best are selected.”

An estimated 17 million people die of cardiovascular disease, particularly heart attacks and strokes, every year, according to World Health Organization estimates. However, according to researchers, the evolution in clinical practice has substantially reduced mortality caused by heart attacks.


So do you opposed stem cell research or you support it ? Believe it or not there people who opposed it.
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Because the religious right wingers in the US have a fallacious belief that funding stem cell research will lead to women having abortions en masse.
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Because the religious right wingers in the US have a fallacious belief that funding stem cell research will lead to women having abortions en masse.


How they did even come on to that conclusion ?
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geauxtigers1989 wrote:



Because the religious right wingers in the US have a fallacious belief that funding stem cell research will lead to women having abortions en masse.


How they did even come on to that conclusion ?


They're not very smart.
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geauxtigers1989 wrote:


KarenAraragi wrote:


geauxtigers1989 wrote:



Because the religious right wingers in the US have a fallacious belief that funding stem cell research will lead to women having abortions en masse.


How they did even come on to that conclusion ?


They're not very smart.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzfgwQEQoFk

MatriStem is a darned novel idea indeed. All those who are against the Funding of this absolutely MIRACULOUS Scientific study and Work, are either ignorant to the entirety of the Argument, or are among those type of People who absolutely refuse to change their Views or ways, despite both having access to the results and Scientific prognosis of said studies, but more IMPORTANTLY, having the UNDERSTANDING and depth of Knowledge regarding said Discussion...Yet STILL, for whatever their reason(s) may be, blatantly disregard the Achievements and abilities known to the Stem-Cell researchers, novel; intuitive Developers, and Scientific 'wunderkinds'; the Trailblazers of the Studies.

Amazing things can be done. Now on the same dial, flip the script and highlight a potential Researcher, One with natural Academic caches of Knowledge relating to this interest. Perhaps He or She is Someone who has more...what many may say, "disturbing" or "blasphemous" ideas for His Research with the Study of Stem-Cells and studies even further so into the Topic. Admittedly, things like this ARE of possibility. But being a Student of Medicine Myself, EVERYTHING We do as far as making decisions regarding a Patients care, whether it be which Medication to Administer, how You wish to go about performing certain procedures, and down to the basic Questions such as...(Looking at it from a Physician's standpoint)... "Is this a Patient that I as a Practician, am capable or WILLING to treat"...It ALL comes down to weighing the decision Out. "Is what I'm going to do WORTH the potential detrimental, or possibly unwanted Side-effects?" - "Do the Benefits of said Therapy, or whichever Medical administration being done OUT WEIGH the Risks that are to be possibly presented or introduced?" The Question as relating to the Use of Stem-Cells and it's further research, is no different.

And to Me? Yes. I believe the BENEFITS out-weigh the RISKS.
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Seeing as the myocardium is non-mitotic and therefore cannot be regenerated...

Point to stem cells. More points of contention exist for the use of mesenchymal (fetal) stem cells, though.

That's the hottest thing that is opposed when it comes to stem cell research. Adult stem cells? Go for it.

Fetal stem cells? Get ready to receive death threats and possibly have your lab blown up/burned down.
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