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    Canadian tries Russian stem cell treatment

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    More Neurovita information. This is an article about an Canadian going to Russia for treatment at the Neurovita clinic.
    Canadian tries Russian stem cell treatment


    Would you try an untested medical treatment on the off-chance it could let you walk again? Canadian Hanna Czarnecki has traveled all the way to Russia for stem cell injections at a private clinic specializing in spinal cord injuries.

    Czarnecki is hopeful pioneering technologies that are less strongly regulated than in Western countries can bring her results she wouldn't be able to achieve here in Canada. Despite concerns from the medical community about such procedures, she says the choice is hers to make.

    Two years ago, near Woodstock, Ont., Czarnecki was paralyzed from the waist down. Now, she is hoping that stem cell injections will repair her damaged spinal cord.

    "I really want to try and they say they can help me," the Polish immigrant says.

    At the clinic, stem cells are gathered from Czarnecki's own blood and nasal passage.

    "Using the patient's own cells gets rid of the ethical and legal questions associated with embryonic stem cells," says the clinic's head doctor, Andrei Bryukhovetsky. "Also, there's no issue of the patient's body rejecting the cells."

    At Bryukhovetsky's clinic, several patients with spinal cord injuries claim that within two months of stem cell treatment, they're seeing a big improvement.

    "Now, I can move my legs, my muscles are working, I hold my knee in place and I can control my bladder," a patient named Bariat told CTV.

    But, short of doing double-blind clinical tests, it's impossible to know for sure whether the treatment is really working, says one of Canada's foremost spinal cord specialists.

    "Patients misinterpret, overinterpret, exaggerate the results because they want to get better so badly, and so do their doctors," says Dr. Charles Tator.

    Stem cells are non-specialized cells that can renew themselves and to turn into different types of mature cells.

    Mice with severe spinal cord injuries regained much of their ability to walk normally after getting injections of stem cells taken from the brains of human fetuses, scientists in California reported last month.

    Despite the misgiving of some might have, Czarnecki says any hope is worth the trip and the $30,000 price tag.

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