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Thread: News - drug heals man's liver

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    Default News - drug heals man's liver

    Experimental stem-cell drug heals man's liver

    By Nina Muslim, Staff Reporter
    Published: January 31, 2008, 01:28

    Dubai: A 20-year old Abu Dhabi man's liver repaired itself and is now fully recovered after doctors gave him an experimental stem cell drug.

    The story of his recovery, along with four others who underwent the same treatment with mixed results, will be published in a British scientific journal, said the doctor who treated him.

    Dr Susan Lim, a consultant general surgeon in Singapore, said the man's liver failed suddenly while undergoing treatment for leukaemia two years ago.

    "He needed a liver transplant," she said. "I treated him with the stem cell drug [which her team is studying] and within three days, he woke up," she added.

    She met with the man recently. Tests show his liver is functioning normally and he is now considered to be fully recovered.
    "We only use the drug on last-resort patients because it is experimental. Some patients can't wait for animal trials to be over and completely successful," she said.The drug works by stimulating bone marrow into producing stem cells, which then target any impaired organs.


    Gulfnews: Experimental stem-cell drug heals man's liver

    or http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Health/10186057.html

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    Default Forget the pig

    Lee - This is an excellent article you found. I can't agree more with the statement that some people cannot wait for animal experiments to be completed to have treatment. This is the type of case where if the patient is willing to be the guinea pig, then forget the real guinea pig and get on with it. The liver seems to be responding to stem cell therapy quite well from other sources we have had also.
    First treatment in 2007. Pioneering ever since.

    Barbara

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