Stem Cell Research for Spinal Cord Injury - Adult Stem Cells

Published Research Study of Stem Cell Therapy For SCI

It is sad that although this research study was published by a Wayne State University doctor, the actual stem cell treatment must be done outside the United States. In this instance, the spinal cord injury patients had to travel from the USA to Portugal. We have also covered a similar successful research paper of SCI patients treated in Ecuador.

Yes, this is good news though just confirming what most of the readers of this blog already know- adult stem cells can help improve the quality of life in most cases, and there is very little risk in the treatment.

Of course, a canceled research study of Embryonic Stem Cells for spinal cord injury will get more news than this one. Imagine if this therapy was available in the US- how many SCI patients that could get an improved quality of life from their own Repair Stem Cells.

A published research study shows that adult stem cells helped improve mobility and the quality of life of 20 patients suffering from spinal cord injuries (SCI). Dr. Jean Peduzzi-Nelson of Wayne State University conducted the study, “Olfactory Mucosal Autografts and Rehabilitation for Chronic Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury,” which was published online in the journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.

Study Follows Up Spinal Cord Injury Patients Treated in Portugal
The spinal cord injury patients were actually treated in Portugal by Dr. Carlos Lima, who has published this stem cell research paper before detailing his stem cell therapy protocol in which he removed adult stem cells from the patient’s own nose.

From the stem cell news article:

In the study, 20 patients with severe chronic spinal cord injuries received a treatment combination of partial scar removal, transplantation of nasal tissue containing stem cells to the site of the spinal cord injury and rehabilitation. All of the patients had total paralysis below the level of their spinal cord injury before the treatment.

“This may be the first clinical study of patients with severe, chronic spinal cord injury to report considerable functional improvement in some patients with a combination treatment,” Peduzzi-Nelson said. “Normally, in people with spinal cord injuries that happened more than 18 months ago, there is little improvement.”

The injuries in the study patients were 18 months to 15 years old. The patients, ages 19 to 37, had no use of their legs before the treatment. One paraplegic treated almost three years after the injury now ambulates with two crutches and knee braces. Ten other patients ambulate with physical assistance and walkers (with and without braces). One 31-year-old male tetriplegic patient uses a walker without the help of knee braces or physical assistance. When the stem cell transplant and scar removal process was combined with an advanced form of rehabilitative training that employs brain-initiated weight-bearing movement, 13 patients improved in the standard measures used to assess functional independence and walking capabilities.

See the whole story at Spinal Cord Injury Stem Cell Treatment

I’m confused about this…Why is it not available in the US? It doesn’t involve the destruction of embryos (not that that matters to our present administration). Is is just not funded? What’s the problem?

They just wont admit that they were wrong.

Biological processes involving human embryonic stem cell treatments could bring millions of dollars in licensing fees. Millions of dollars. Problem number one. As of now, foreign stem cells are rejected by the body. Even if that problem is overcome, this still involves killing human embryos.

By using the patient’s own stem cells, there may be a fee for the technique of reintroducing them to some particular part of the body but that’s it.


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