Thursday, June 16, 2011

Adult stem cells being used to treat stroke patients

A local NBC news affiliate in St. Louis has a story and video about research which hopes to use adult stem cells to treat patients who have suffered strokes.
Rappard hopes by taking bone marrow from a person's hip and extracting the stem cells inside, he'll be able to offer more.

"We insert a catheter from the groin artery into the brain artery on the affected side of the brain and inject these five milliliters of stem cells. In animals, the chemical levels of the brain go up. The actual physical injury to the brain is reduced. Motor function to the animals has increased and blood flow to the animals has increased significantly," he says.