DAVID GRANOVSKY

‘No proof’ of benefit to children????

In ALL ARTICLES on September 23, 2009 at 11:26 am

The factual information is only half here and the conclusions are all wrong! My comments in red. -dg

No proof’ of benefit to children

By REBECCA TODD – The PressLast updated 05:00 23/09/2009

Stem-cell treatment is “highly experimental”, with “potential hazards“, the Paediatric Society of New Zealand warns.

Re: “highly experimental”
  • There have been thousands of adult/repair stem cell treatments with virtually no side effects and a significant proportion were successful.
Re: “potential hazards”
  • By not differentiating between the problematic embryonic stem cells with a history of causing tumors and the non-problematic adult stem cells with a history of treating people successfully, the author  effectively generalizes to the point of ridiculousness.  This is like saying: “all bacteria is bad.” (think pro-biotic and beneficial flora in the digetive tract)

… society president Rosemary Marks said the therapy (had) no controlled studies to back claims of dramatic improvements.

Re: “No controlled studies:”
  • 5,030 scholarly papers when you type “stem cell” and cerebral palsy into google’s scholarly papers
  • 2,572 clinical trials completed or in process when you type “stem cell” into clinicaltrials.gov (After “studies,” scientists perform even more rigorous clinical trials to back up their findings.)
  • 1,160,000 scholarly papers when you type “stem cell” into google’s scholarly papers

It said the stem-cell operation carried risks of introducing viral diseases or bacterial infections, and even malignant tumours developing after the transplant.

Re: “viral diseases, bacterial infections, malignant tumours”

  1. Any blood drawn that goes through a lab is at risk of “viral diseases or bacterial infections.”
  2. So too, any stem cell rich sample drawn that goes through a lab is at risk of “viral diseases or bacterial infections.”
  3. Evidence supports that the risk is the same for both and standard safe practice of lab protocols removes this risk almost entirely.
  4. ONLY embryonic stem cells have a history of creating tumors and malignant tumors.
  5. Adult stem cells have no history of generating tumors in thousands of studies, clinical trials and patients treated.

“…stem-cell treatment for children with cerebral palsy is unproven…

Re: “Unproven”

“Most centres offering this treatment also follow the treatment with intensive physical-therapy programmes,” the pamphlet said. “It is very difficult to know whether improvements are the result of the stem-cell treatment itself, or the intensive physical therapy, or are the result of the child growing and developing.”

Re: “It is very difficult to know whether improvements are the result of the stem-cell treatment itself, or the intensive physical therapy, or are the result of the child growing and developing.”

“…there was “no evidence” that using your own cord blood had benefits, he said.”

Re: “no evidence”
  • One stem cell center uses a treatment method involving any cord blood.  The cord blood does not have to be autologous or from the patient’s own body.  So far, it’s been effective in treating cerebral palsy with an 80 percent success rate in over 200 patients.
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