Are Stem Cell Treatments really promising?

What is Stem Cell Therapy and how does it work?

Stem Cell Therapy, frequently referred to as regenerative medicine, induces the restoration response of dysfunctional, infected, or injured tissue using stem cells. Similar to organ transplantation, it aims to repair a damaged organ but uses cells instead of donated organs. Stem cells are grown in research labs. They are engineered to specialize into specific types of cells, such as heart muscle cells, blood cells or nerve cells. The specialized cells can then be introduced into a person. For example if a person has type one diabetes, by manufacturing the embryonic stem cells into insulin-producing cells, they will be able to transplant the cells into the diabetic people.

Have Stem Cells already been used to treat diseases?

Doctors around the world have accomplished stem cell transplants, also known as bone marrow transplants. Mature cells replace tissue that is damaged by disease or injury. Stem cells also suffice as a way for the person’s immune system to fight some types of cancer and blood-related diseases, such as leukemia, lymphoma, neuroblastoma, etc. These transplants use embryonic stem cells.

Are Stem Cell Treatments really promising?

According to scientific researchers, many treatment facilities offering stem treatments are making preposterous alleges that challenge our knowledge of medicine. There are only a limited amount of stem cell treatments that have been performed safely and have resulted constructively. The list of injuries and diseases that have been diminished or solved due to stem cell treatment is small to nonexistent. Very few skeletal, neural, and optical injuries can be treated by transferring or embedding tissues, and the ameliorating process depends on stem cells within this grafted tissue. All other implementations have yet to be proven effective. Another factor to consider is because stem cells that are personal to certain tissues cannot make cells found in other tissues without detailed engineering in the lab, it is skeptical that the same stem cell treatment will work for other infections affecting different tissues and organs within the body.

Whether Stem Cell Treatments are promising or not is a matter of opinion. Some may believe they are highly beneficial and they provide a great alternative to organ transplantation. Others may be skeptical of the process and look down upon regenerative medicine.

-Sanaa Dalvi

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