Stem Cells - Curing Parkinson's
A Possible Solution - by Kathleen Beben and Dakota Gerges
What is a Stem Cell?
Where do they come from?
Stem Cells and Parkinson's Disease.
"Researchers working with laboratory rats show it is possible to make dopamine cells from embryonic stem cells and transplant them into the brain, replacing the cells lost to the disease." Researches say that human trials with this treatment is predicted to be available in 2017, but the progress and achievements made with the laboratory rats is phenomenal. Soon, this treatment will be able to treat and possibly cure Parkinson's.
Problems With Stem Cells.
This though, can be overcome with the new discoveries in technology. Scientists now can manipulate adult cells to act like stem cells. Adult stem cells derived from organs such as bone marrow and the stomach can also be of use in situations of stem cells need. These cells are not able to become all types of cells because of their development but rather can differentiate into many types of cells.
Another option that has recently been implemented is the 'freezing' of umbilical cord blood to preserve the stem cells found there. Those who choose this option may use the stem cells if their child develops a disease such as multiple sclerosis, a spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease, heart disease and about 80 of other life threatening diseases.