COPD with Stem cell Treatment

BY: The News Voice

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe.

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The two main types of COPD are chronic bronchitis and emphysema.  Many with COPD have combination of both.

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Stem cells are very essential to every organism and share 3 characteristics: - renewability - adaptability - replication

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They are obtained from human embryos called blastocysts that are available in vitro fertilization.

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Stem cells are dormant in adult body and don't divide unless activated by an illness or injury. They can be used to heal or regrow damaged tissue.

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Stem cells can be used to reduce inflammation, building new lung tissue and stimulating the formation of new capillaries

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The FDA hasn't approved the stem cell treatment for COPD and the trials haven't advanced beyond phase II

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Clinical trials in humans are yet to produce satisfactory results that were observed in animals

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If this treatment does turn out successful, there will be no need to go through painful lung transplantation.

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