Yet Another Stem Cell Heart Trial

EurekAlert reports on yet another new trial for a first generation stem cell therapy for heart damage. "The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is beginning a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and feasibility of a potential treatment for congestive heart failure that involves injecting a patient's own bone marrow-derived stem cells directly into the heart muscle. The procedure is expected to be performed in five to 10 patients who are scheduled to receive a heart assist device as a bridge to organ transplantation." Other similar studies are also currently underway - there would no doubt be more and greater progress if the overly conservative FDA wasn't holding matters up.

Link: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-05/uopm-nsc051205.php

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