So I started to search for information on stem cell treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis around a month ago (see hope can change your day). I decided to use Pinterest to pin whatever I found on stem cell treatments, looking for any rheumatoid arthritis studies or patient blogs. Some websites I could not pin because there was no image so I saved those on my computer. I will try to go through some of the information I have found.
Let me start with the #HopeForCristina event I ran into while researching this week. Cristina is in need of a bone marrow stem cell transplant. Cristina has MNGIE, a condition so rare only 70 people in the world have it; she is running against time as the disease takes a toll on her body. Her life expectancy is 30 and she is 22 years old now. To join in on this event all you need to do is tweet #HopeForCristina at 6:00 PM on May 9th 2012 to help Cristina find a donor! She is asking you to join donor lists. Canada has One Match, USA has Be The Match and Brazil has Redome these places will seen you a mouth swab test. Good luck Cristina!
So here is my Pinterest Board on Stem Cell Research, you can see Christina’s video is the first video. I have also pinned documents that had photos or images and saved other documents to my computer about stem cells. I will try to point out some of the good and some of the bad information I have found on stem cells and the use of them.
First I was shocked to find there are several clinics in the United States that already do stem cell treatments. I also found many veterinarians have been using this type of treatment on animals for many years. As an example here is a news article I found on Lucy the Labradoodle that has rheumatoid arthritis. What about stem cells for people? Well the US just started allowing stem cell research on March 9, 2009 when President Obama issued Executive Order 13505, entitled “Removing Barriers to Responsible Research Involving Human Stem Cells.” I am not sure how well the policy has been defined; I did find a U.S. Court ruling against embryonic stem cell research in 2010.
I found there are different types of stem cells like adult stem cells not just embryonic. This EuroStemCell website goes over some of the different stem cells and how they are being used today. You can also find more information on stem cells at National Institutes of Health as well as what current research is going on in the United States. If you happen to be in West Palm Beach, Florida in December this year you could check out the World Stem Cell Summit.
I plan on writing more about stem cells so I have added that category to my website. But I want to finish this one off with some of information I found stem cells. Let me start with the Pope gives support to adult stem cells, I happened to find this right after it was uploaded to Youtube. Also here is some information on using stem cells to treat autoimmune diseases. Probably the most interesting article I found on stem cell treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis was from Medscape “Stem-cell transplants might bring RA cure closer“. You will need to login to read the article which is about “Two women with severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who received allogeneic bone-marrow transplants 19 and 21 years ago for therapy-induced aplastic anemia became and remain free of signs and symptoms of active RA.”
Can you pass me the stem cells please? Is it that easy? No not really, right now researcher are finding their methods, protocols and additives. Many are working on patents, starting research studies and still learning about what they can do with different stem cells. From many sources I went through they are looking for these new treatments to be mainstream in 7-10 years in the U.S. That does not mean that the treatments aren’t available in other countries or even the U.S. I found clinics here and abroad that do stem cell treatments for many diseases. Some specialize in just a handful of diseases; I will go over clinics I found in a future article.