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Benefits of Stem Cells

By: Ian Murnaghan BSc (hons), MSc - Updated: 16 Mar 2018 | comments*Discuss
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With all the controversy surrounding stem cells you may have missed hearing about many of the benefits for the health and medical fields. You may not even be aware that stem cells already have many applications for treating disease. Their potential to treat even more diseases in the future means that scientists are working hard to learn about how stem cells function and how they can treat some of the more serious diseases affecting the world.

Stem Cells and Human Development

Stem cells have enormous potential in health and medical research but to fully harness this potential, scientists are studying how stem cells transform, or differentiate, into the diverse range of specialised cells that make humans what they are today. Because diseases such as cancer or conditions such as birth defects are thought to occur because of problems in the differentiation process, an understanding of the development that happens in normal cells will help scientists treat the developmental errors that can occur.

Stem Cells and Cell-Based Therapies

Another potential application of stem cells is to form cells and tissues for medical therapies. Currently, it is donated organs and tissues that are substituted for damaged or dysfunctional ones. Sadly, the number of people awaiting a transplant is much higher than the number of available organs. Transplant waiting lists are enormous and many people die awaiting transplants. Stem cells offer a viable source of replacement cells to treat diseases and can potentially reduce the morbidity and mortality for those awaiting transplants. Some of the areas that stem cells can benefit include:
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Type I diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Burn victims
  • Cardiovascular diseases

Potential to Reverse Diseases

By directing stem cells to differentiate into specialised cell types, there is the exciting possibility to provide a renewable source of replacement cells for those suffering from diseases.

The potential to reverse diseases is also not a foreign one.

Heart Attack - For example, a patient who has suffered from a heart attack and sustained heart damage could have the damaged tissue replaced by healthy new muscle cells.

Parkinson's Disease - The destruction of brain cells in conditions such as Parkinson's disease can hopefully be reversed with the replacement of new, healthy and functioning brain cells.

Genetic Defects - Even more promising is the potential to address genetic defects that are present from birth by restoring function and health with the introduction of normal healthy cells that do not have these defects.

Burn Victims

Burn victims tend to endure an enormous amount of pain from their wounds as well as frustration from the challenges of healing. Instead of donor tissues being donated, stem cells could be used to produce new and healthy tissues. This is essentially similar to therapies already being used, such as bone marrow transplants, where stem cells create different specialised blood cells.

Scientists aim to locate and remove specific stem cells from a tissue and then trigger them to differentiate outside of the body before transplanting them back into the patient to replace damaged tissues. In burn victims, a very small piece of the skin can be progressively grown, allowing doctors to cover a burn that is often much larger than the original size of the skin piece.

Stem Cells and Drug Testing

Stem cells have an important benefit for the pharmaceutical field. New drugs can be tested on stem cells to assess their safety before testing drugs on animal and human models. For example, a cancer cell line could be created to test an anti-tumour drug. If the conditions can be perfectly replicated, testing drugs could provide very accurate results.

The current benefits of stem cell usage are already well documented and it is expected that continued research will pave the way for new treatments. For those suffering from serious diseases, stem cells offer hope for effective treatment or perhaps even a reversal of the disease. Time will confirm the full success of stem cell therapies and continued research should teach us more about using stem cells to treat debilitating medical conditions.

Check out the features on stem cell therapy on this site for more information.

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Is stem cell cure haptocellular carcinoma ? Please reply
Rehan - 21-Feb-18 @ 6:43 AM
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I have suffering blood pressure low so I am fainted frequently .Is twin stem cure 100%?
daboy - 17-Feb-18 @ 1:59 AM
I think cure of all diseases by steam cell are on research based not 100% sure
Dm - 16-Feb-18 @ 6:22 PM
this was super helpful for my paper, thanks!
bri - 15-Feb-18 @ 5:49 AM
I am a 47-year-old man. My Parkinson's disease appeared at the age of 39. My symptoms, at the beginning, were fine tremors and rigidity with joint stiffness. I was taking entacapone with levodopa, carbidopa, and pramipexole. My Parkinson's disease was under control, but not totally reversed. After countless hours of online research and trial & error. What worked for me was Parkinson's disease herbal remedy I purchased from Best Health Herbal Centre. I only used the Parkinson's disease herbal remedy for five weeks. Now my Parkinson's disease is totally reversed, am totally free. I am so grateful for my success all thanks to Best Health Herbal Centre...
SETHG6 - 14-Feb-18 @ 7:28 AM
Im reading these comments and I am truly sorry for those with loved ones going through some harsh diseases. If any of you see this I'm here to let you know that you can be strong. And for those that have a loved one with a disease that may be terminal, i want you to create memories with that person until the end. Don't blame yourself you will get through this.
Anonymous - 11-Feb-18 @ 10:05 PM
Can stem cell cure muscular dystrophy? If yes, how many tabs can 1 take to cure it.
Mary willie - 22-Jan-18 @ 10:32 PM
Is Twin Stem Cure leucoderma And Vitiligo
Akash - 18-Jan-18 @ 10:33 AM
My son has sensorinal hearing losss....will stem cells help him...plsss rly
Sayali - 17-Jan-18 @ 5:52 PM
Is this helpful to cure a nervous system disease called cerebellum pulse?
Tinku - 8-Jan-18 @ 6:09 AM
Will it be cured my joint pain by using this stem cell
Wang - 26-Dec-17 @ 4:42 PM
I am suffering from ITP Ideopathic thrombocytopenia is it cure able with stem cell
sk - 6-Dec-17 @ 9:17 AM
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Helen - 19-Nov-17 @ 9:46 AM
can stem cells help Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
reefk - 18-Nov-17 @ 9:58 PM
My uncle is suffering from bone weakness can I prefer himtwin stem.please reply
Aadi - 14-Nov-17 @ 8:25 AM
Please guide me if double stem cell acts on diabetic retinopathy
Linky - 31-Oct-17 @ 1:41 PM
Can critical renal failure be cured by double stem-cell.
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Can double stem cell cure Adrenal fatigue syndrome?
Uche - 22-Oct-17 @ 3:51 PM
My wife is suffering from Leukoderma disease since couple of years. Is there any effective treatment to get rid of such disease and to cure her....Thanks.
Sinha - 21-Aug-17 @ 6:04 PM
does stem cells regenerate the optic nerve and treat glaucoma?
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Na - 17-Jun-17 @ 4:31 PM
My wife , 66 yrs old is a Breasts Cancer patient. She has been treated with chemotherapy and harmonal supplements and is quite comfortable since last 4 years. Cancer cells have now been regenerated and affected her brain and lever. Doctors haverecommended Radiation Therapy to which she is not prepared knowing it's after effects. Can stem cells be benefitted for treatment? of her cancer.
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Eric - 27-Apr-17 @ 8:48 PM
My question is, does double stem cells remove fibroids and open blocked fallopian tubes?
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