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    China and sci

    I got many message from my friends about sci cure by injecting stemcell from Chineese doctors.What is the last news about this matter?

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    Senior Member Leo's Avatar
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    Hi baykul ozdem, Please do some reading here on OEG and Dr. Huang, plus there's a lot of info on this page, here

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    Senior Member Jeff's Avatar
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    baykul - Stem cells are often reported in the wire services when they really mean fetal OEG.

    The scene is a familiar one: Huang and four other doctors gloved and masked, the patient knocked out with a general anaesthetic and rigged up to a respirator, electrocardiograph. A surreal touch comes from the background music: the melody on Huang's mobile phone, which rings incessantly throughout the five-hour surgery. Most of the time is spent exposing the area of the spine where the cells are to be injected, which involves cutting through muscles, then working around the bone to gain access to the sections of the spinal cord immediately above and below the injury. Huang does not decompress the spinal fluid or decouple the vertebrae, which, some critics have speculated, may be the reason for the temporary improvement in patients after surgery.

    Once the desired area adjacent to the damaged segment is located, Huang, looking through the keyhole incision with a microscope, inserts the cells using an ultra-fine needle to minimise the risk of damaging nerve fibres. The cells, harvested from the olfactory bulbs inside the noses of foetuses, seem to have unusual properties, which may include the ability to stimulate change in the nervous system. Ideally, says Huang, the foetuses should be 16 weeks old to achieve the best results. He says the mothers all give their consent for the embryos to be used in this way and do not receive payment. The Guardian asked to be shown where they come from, but was told this information was too sensitive.

    Once harvested, these olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) are cultivated for 10-14 days using a medium that the doctor says he has developed himself. He is reluctant to go into the contents of this liquid, but says it plays an important role. In the process of culturing, the number of cells multiplies ten- or twentyfold, meaning that a single foetus is enough to produce the 1m cells used in Golden's operation - half a million above and below the damaged area.


    Although Huang is one of the first in the world to use foetal OECs on humans, research on cell implants goes back more than two decades. In western animal laboratories, researchers are testing the possible benefits of stem cells on neurological disorders, but Huang dismisses such studies. He says Chinese doctors have already attempted stem-cell transplants on humans with poor results. "In clinical trials in China, stem cells have failed to meet expectations. I believe that in two or three years' time, US doctors will realise this."



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