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Benefits of Stem Cells

By: Ian Murnaghan BSc (hons), MSc - Updated: 10 Nov 2019 | 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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Mayor - 10-Nov-19 @ 4:36 PM
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Anyone know Mr. Murnaghan's credentials?
Doug - 5-Nov-19 @ 12:32 AM
I heard continuous use for 6months can change ss genotype to aa.How true is this please
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None - 19-Oct-19 @ 5:27 PM
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Borlar - 25-Jul-19 @ 8:52 PM
The work stem cell scientists are commendable!
Ayodele Paul - 7-Jul-19 @ 7:05 AM
Some one just introduce stem cell to me with full assurance that it can revive one with partial stroke and diabetes, he even said it can cure prostrate, I want to know how true it is...
Tummie - 29-Jun-19 @ 6:28 PM
There was an interesting article on some research on this published in Science Abode cant remember when it was done.
Steve - 14-Jun-19 @ 9:03 PM
I have SLE since 2016 and I heard about stem cell treatment so I visited the clinic last week. The doctor told me that stem cell can cure SLE. But its quite expensive so I could not decide all alone. Is it really a cure for SLE? has anyone who has been suffering from SLE treated by stem cell?
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Mary willie - 31-May-19 @ 6:00 PM
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my name jeff - 21-Mar-19 @ 4:39 PM
I have just received Stem Cell transplant in Costa Rica for Degenerative Disc in the Cervical. I am now 1 week into it. Praying it's going to work for me. It's going to take sometime to show. Hopefully in 2 more weeks I will notice some improvement. I was told that the cells continue to grow for up to 3 months.
Bebery - 14-Mar-19 @ 6:52 PM
Stem cell research has enormous benefits in medical applications. When looking at the advantages of the use of stem cells to help cure diseases such as Parkinson's diseases, heart defects, Leukemia, burn injuries and organ transplantation, the ethical controversy holds no value. In medical applications, one of the greatest benefits to me is the use of stem cell for organ transplantation. I agree to what was said above pertaining to this since stem cells can be used to regenerate organs as a relatively immediate solution instead of having a patient on a waiting list and prolonging their suffering and curb the mortality rate. I also see stem cells as being very beneficial for testing new medications in the pharmaceutical industry. This holds great advantage since less testing would be done on animals and reduces the chance of putting one at risk. In the medical industry stem cell research opens up the door for great impacts and improvements in human life and with modern technology there is yet to discover many more fascinating and significant advantages.
Vinny - 23-Oct-18 @ 4:26 PM
This article is everything I've been thinking since I began learning about Stem Cell Research. It briefly touches on all the positives and unbelievable benefits of Stem Cells to human beings and the general health care industry. From my personal perspective I think that Stem Cell Research should be encouraged despite all the controversy. I understand why people would think that this is taboo to some extent but in the long run it has great potential for saving human life. Stem Cells have an unlimited developmental potential and are full of secrets, from developing treatments to reverse degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Type 1 Diabetes to perfectly replicating conditions to test the effectiveness and safety of drugs.The promotion and progression of Stem Cell Research would determine it all. This would be a step forward, a way in which we can preserve human life and provide long awaiting comfort to patients and their families.
rajiv98 - 23-Oct-18 @ 2:33 PM
Good Day, Thank you for highlighting that there is a controversy around the topic of stem cell research, then full explaining the benefits. I do believe that stem cell research is extremely valuable, since cells are the building blocks of life, it is important to understand how usage of these stem cells can improve the livelihood of individuals with incurable diseases. I am a university student majoring in biology. I am currently learning about stems and it application to medicine. Stem cells are the reservoir for when the specialized cells can no longer make copies of themselves and are used up, it is intriguing to say the less that the function of stem cells can step in... These stem cell divide into two daughter cell: one becomes specialized and one regenerates back into a stem cell. I have learnt that stem cells can help with individuals that have Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, heart diseases and also burnt victims. I totally agree with you that instead of numbers of individuals waiting on organ transplant and may potential die, the application of stem cell therapy should be applied. It is remarkable that these stem cells have the potential to reverse diseases, thank you for highlight this to me. Your website has opened my eyes to the benefits of stem cell research and how it not only can helps an individual of this generation but the more search that is done would help generations to come. Thank you for the informative information of the benefits of stem cell research.
Lenora Williams - 23-Oct-18 @ 3:11 AM
I am truly sorry for you guys. I hope that one day this reserch helps everyone.
Unknown - 14-Oct-18 @ 7:34 PM
pleasecan I usethe stem cell to cure hypertension?.how to get it? how mush is the drug.thanks
jokfis - 27-Aug-18 @ 7:07 AM
pls can I use it for hypertension, an d how to use, and how to get it thank
Jokfis - 27-Aug-18 @ 7:01 AM
i have a question.can this stem cell get rid of ovarian cyst?
stacy - 24-Aug-18 @ 1:59 AM
sir.if there is any cure in brain cancer.4th stage of cancer.pl give advise.
Das - 20-Aug-18 @ 5:46 PM
Is the twin stem cell can cure type 2 diabetic
Thoibi - 9-Jul-18 @ 12:22 PM
I have a kaposiform hemangioendothelioma. Can stem cell cure a vascular anomaly?
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