It seems like distant news now but stem cells used to be on the cover on every scientific journal and on the forefront of all news outlets. This was during the stem cell research boom of the 1990s but research has cooled since then as funding and rules regarding stem cell research have fluctuated over the years.
Now some of the promises of stem cell research and development are coming true, and one newborn in Corpus Christi, Texas is the first in her town to receive a new stem cell treatment. The procedure is known as Evercord, and while baby Everly Castaneda won't use the procedure immediately, her stem cells are now safely locked away should they ever need to be used for any future procedure.
One of the main goals of any parent is to keep their children safe, even if it's safe from events that haven't even happened yet. "If anything came up in the future [my kids] would have a fighting chance." Said Everly's father, Marcos Castaneda.
It's thought that stem cells will be used in the future of a host of medical services and procedures and that stem cells will be the key in producing safer and more effective organ transplants. The Castaneda family elected to have Everlys umbilical stem cells because instances of cancer and heart disease are prevalent on both sides of the family. Should Everly ever require a procedure such as a heart transplant, her own stem cells will be ready and willing to aid in therapy if the technology exists.
Other Stem kenneth pettine Cell Breakthroughs
Utilizing a patient's own stem cells is nothing new in the stem cell world though developments are moving fast. Recently Dr. Kenneth Pettine of Loveland, Colorado completed a three-year FDA study that demonstrated a patient's own mesenchymal stem cells could be utilized to cure symptoms of degenerative diseases suffered by millions of Americans such as osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease. Pettine's early research indicates that stem cells were safe and effective at reducing inflammation, lessening pain symptoms, and reducing the need for invasive surgery.
It's research like Pettines and new techniques like the one for Everly that are pushing stem cell technologies to the forefront of medical techniques. It's fun to wonder what type of stem cell services will be provided to newborns by the time Everly has a child of her own.
Health tourism is big business. Restrictions on research by the federal government in the United States regarding embryonic stem cells can hamper efforts on putting stem cell therapies to use in the States, but those same restrictions are not always in other countries. Since the 1990s different presidential and congressional administrations have enacted laws that hinder or help stem cell research which means even though research has been ongoing since the 1990s, it has been markedly slow. Other countries don't have these same fluctuation or restrictions, so that's where the top researchers go to get work done and why health tourism exists.
It's estimated that thousands of Americans travel to Mexico or Canada annually to receive stem cell and other cell-based therapies. While there are reputable ways these countries use stem cells, you should use caution. Let's find out how.
Being Careful About Health Tourism
There are plenty of reputable health tourism companies out there, but there are kenneth pettine also companies that are more concerned with your money than well-being. If you are considering health tourism for stem cell treatments practice the following tips:
-Only book with a health tourism company that's registered with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
-Only book with a company that has several positive reviews
-Only book with company that has several
Consider the clinic or hospital you'll be going to. Look for their certifications and registrations. The health tourism trip will only be as good as the doctor or clinic that performs the procedure.
Stem Cell Therapies Available in the U.S.
You don't have to go to Mexico or Canada for your stem cell treatments as research is moving along in the United States at this moment. An example of new developments is found with Dr. Kenneth Pettine and his Colorado-based research team whom recently found a safe and effective use for mesenchymal stem cells in the treatment of chronic degenerative musculoskeletal conditions like osteoarthritis. Pettine has led several other FDA-sanctioned studies and was one of the first surgeons to experiment with stem cells in spinal surgeries.
Though health tourism is big business, developments are happening in the United States too. Doctors like Kenneth Pettine and others are working diligently to ensure stem cells are available for therapies for their fellow Americans and will be safer and more effective than treatments available across the border.