Here is a nice chart which shows that “dozens of human trials have already begun to assess the efficacy of adult stem cells in treating heart disease. This listing shows details for several ongoing and recently terminated trials. You can sort the listing using the controls at top and click through the trial name for more information courtesy of the National Library of Medicine. “
The different heart diseases which are being treated with Adult Stem Cells:
Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
Myocardial ischemia (damaged heart muscles due to lack of oxygen–most likely due to artery blockage)
Congestive heart failure (ineffective pumping of the heart causing fluid build-up, typically in the lungs)
Coronary Artery disease (blocked arteries)
Ischemic Cardiomyopathy (heart damage- secondary to infection)
Not bad considering heart disease is way up high on the list of diseases many people suffer from!
Keep in mind that embryonic stem cell research isn’t even at the level of any human clinical trials because those embryo stem cells keep forming tumors in the lab rats.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.