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New study raises doubts over the benefits of heart stem cell therapy

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Numerous clinical trials have attempted to test the benefits of using a patient’s own stem cells (taken from the bone marrow) to treat heart disease. Results have been conflicting; some claim significant improvements in heart function, whilst others report none at all. A group at Imperial College London investigated the possible reasons for this inconsistency and found strange, unexplained discrepancies within reports of many of the clinical trials. They have identified a link between claimed success rates and discrepancies, casting doubts over the validity of this treatment.

- 133 reports of 49 clinical trials were investigated
- 600+ discrepancies were found
- Discrepancies ranged from minor to serious mistakes and misrepresentation of data
- Reports with the most discrepancies claimed most benefit to patients, while those without discrepancies showed no improvement in patients’ conditions 

European Commission replies to petition against funding for research involving human embryos

The European Commission has responded to a European Citizens’ Initiative petition, reiterating its previous stance on the importance of embryonic stem cell research and potential treatments, while highlighting the existence of its ‘triple lock’ responsible research system.

Spotlight on...stem cells and industry

This month we take a closer look at stem cells outside of the academic world, and their role in industry and commercialisation

Over the past four years we've developed and collected lots of information and resources about different aspects of stem cell research. This month we turn the spotlight on stem cells and industry

Stroke: how could stem cells help?

Última actualización:
22 Abr 2014

Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and the major cause of disability in Europe. A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is severely reduced, often with severe effects on the body. Depending on the extent of stroke and where it occurs, about a third of stroke sufferers recover quite well, but most still experience some permanent effects and some strokes cause severe disability. Could stem cell treatments help?

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