Stem cell therapy: Hoax or hope?

Stem cell therapy: Hoax or hope?

Stem cell therapy
Credit: Centre for Stem Cell Systems, University of Melbourne

The curative potential of stem cell therapy has gained popularity – but in some cases, humans have become the guinea pigs of unproven and costly treatments. And the side effects could be serious.

Imagine having a child with a rare condition that impacts their brain and immune systemn. Conventional medicine can’t help, so in desperation you try stem cell therapy – from all reports, it sounds miraculous. That’s what the parents of a nine-year old Israeli boy decided to do.

In a report published in PLOS Medicine, the parents took their son to a Russian clinic for three rounds of foetal neural stem injections. READ MORE…

 

Published in Health Agenda Magazine.

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