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Facts, pros and cons of stem cell research?

Facts, pros and cons of stem cell research?

Too big: That's a very large topic that can't even begin to be discussed in this small forum. There are many volumes and centers that research this. You might try some of these such as the university of pennsylvania center for bioethics. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Stem Cell (Definition)

The capacity to "grow up" or differentiate to produce mature cellular elements. In blood production rbc, WBC and platelets. Fundamentally, stem cells can also self-replicate and thus provide a pool of ...Read more


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Pros and cons of a stem cell transplant?

Pros and cons of a stem cell transplant?

Cure vs toxicity: This depends on the type of transplant (autologous-your own cells; allogeneic-donor cells), the disease that is being treated and the status of the disease. Stem cell transplants do have a higher toxicity than most standard treatments but in many cases can control the underlying cancer for a longer period of time and can cure many cancers that cannot be cured with standard therapy. ...Read more

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What are pros and cons of genetic engineering such as stem cell research, cloning?

What are pros and cons of genetic engineering such as stem cell research, cloning?

Controversial: Significant moral and scientific controversies in use of genetic engineering and cloning. Limited experience in the long-term outcomes make both issues limited to laboratory and animal studies. ...Read more

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What are some pros and cons of genetic engineering such as stem cell research and cloning?

What are some pros and cons of genetic engineering such as stem cell research and cloning?

Still research: Stem cells and cloning are research tools but they offer the hope of treating some disorders that may not have any other successful treatments. Consider new pancreas cells to treat diabetes, cells to correct parkinsons, etc. I doubt anyone has a good idea of where cloning will be of benefit. Any technology can be abused but let's focus on the good hopeful uses. ...Read more

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Do the benefits of stem cell research outweigh the moral issues?

Do the benefits of stem cell research outweigh the moral issues?

Absolutely, yes: The moral issues are a matter of opinion. Stem cell research offers medical hope to thousands of sick people who need a new organ but can not get it due to shortage of donors. Morality is more relevant to help these folks than worrying about a stem cell in the dish which technically speaking has no 'life'. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of bone marrow donation?

What are the pros and cons of bone marrow donation?

Saves lives: Pros far outweigh the cons. You can save lives and provide an amazing gift to a very sick person by this selfless act of kindness. Minor chance of infection, and can be a little painful. ...Read more

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What are the risks of stem cell treatments?

What are the risks of stem cell treatments?

Stem cell treatments: Since stem cell treatments are relatively new, the only risks are that it will not be successful. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of bone marrow transplants?

What are the risks and benefits of bone marrow transplants?

Life saving.: Benefit is not dying from the disease being treated with transplant. Risks are death from infection, or organ damage from treatment. Later on, risk is graft vs host disease (gvhd) where the new immune system attacks the recipient. Common sites are skin, mucus membranes, GI tract, liver. Infection also more likely with gvhd. Drugs can damage joints, esp. Hips and shoulders. Varies how severe. ...Read more

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What are some of the controversies regarding treating alzheimer's with stem cells?

What are some of the controversies regarding treating alzheimer's with stem cells?

Doesn't work yet: We are a long ways from using stem cells successfully for alzheimer's disease, and may, in fact, never quite get there, as the process is very complicated, and is truly a disease of aging in most cases. I think stem cells offer much potential, and maybe will be of benefit in parkinson's one day, but am skeptical about dementia otherwise. ...Read more

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What is the goal/ predicted outcome of autologous stem cell transplantation studies for ms?

What is the goal/ predicted outcome of autologous stem cell transplantation studies for ms?

Multiple sclerosis : Researchers are optimistic. Yet, no proven efficacy as of yet. Mortality is down to 1-2%. Check following site: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/m/pubmed/18565456/. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of assisted human reproduction?

What are the pros and cons of assisted human reproduction?

This is just a: "start"....PROS Many Many couples desiring children and unable to are having normal healthy children "start"....CONS.. the LEGAL and ETHICAL problems have really NOT YET BEEN worked out! Just a start.... Good Luck! Dr Z ...Read more

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What are the usual arguments about stem cell research for and against?

Controversy stemcell: Proponents say the research has the potential to cure serious diseases, while critics believe harvesting and studying embryonic stem cells is immoral and use of adult stem cells should be restricted because of insufficient data. ...Read more

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What are some ethical implications and risks associated with the use of stem cells?

See WebMD: We're only allowed 400 characters so any discussion in this format is impossible. Visit webmd for a more thorough discussion. ...Read more

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What is the current status of stem cell research for damaged retinal cells?

Advancing: There are currently no stem cell therapies that have been shown to be safe and effective to retinal disease. However research is being done and some products are being testing on humans. These early trials suggest that the products are safe, but more work needs to be done. ...Read more

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These days what's the status of stem cell research for replacing damaged retina?

These days what's the status of stem cell research for replacing damaged retina?

Stem Cells: Using progenitor stem cells created from skin cells is being used to create new retinas for transplant. The research appears promising, but is still in it's infancy. ...Read more

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Tell me about the controversy of stem cell research?

Stemcell controversy: Proponents say the research has the potential to cure serious diseases, while critics believe harvesting and studying embryonic stem cells is immoral and use of adult stem cells unwarranted due to lack of sufficient research. ...Read more

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Are obamacare supporters for and against stem cell research?

Obama & stem cells: Hard to generalize to that degree but embryonic stem cell research has expanded since president obama took office and seems to have faded somewhat from the national political scene. Proponents say the research has the potential to cure serious diseases, while critics believe harvesting and studying the cells is immoral. ...Read more

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Disadvantages of using stem cells in curing hiv?

Disadvantages of using stem cells in curing hiv?

Way too risky: In order for this to work you need to eradicate the entire system of hiv....Ie systemic chemotherapy. This is extremely extremely dangerous. When you do this it renders the body susceptible to a myriad of illness capable of killing the host. Some of the most sad and challenging cases i've ever worked on were in the bmt ward back in boston. It's just too dangerous to be a real and viable option. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of various fda-approved drug therapies?

What are the pros and cons of various fda-approved drug therapies?

Fibro Meds: There are several medications for fibromyalgia approved by the fda including lyrica, Cymbalta and savella (milnacipran). Most of these mask the symptoms of pain in the patients by working with the body's neurotransmitters. They are helpful, but they are not a cure. Look carefully for underlying causes of the pain. ...Read more

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What are the requirements for getting a heart stem cell transplant?

Love of Cancer: My answer is tongue in cheek, but only a bit so. Be very careful. Stem cell transplants are all experimental at this point and many clinical trials of various stem cell treatments have resulted in serious malignancies (a risk inherent in playing with stem cells is that they grow into things other than what you want). If you join a trial, get a full disclaimer of known risks and history of outcomes. ...Read more