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City hospitals warming up to stem cell therapy

17 March 2011

HYDERABAD: Last week, there were back-to-back announcements in the stem cell therapy space, each more intriguing than the former. On March 8, LifeCell International launched its menstrual blood stem cell banking service in seven cities across the country, including Hyderabad, with the company claiming that menstrual blood is a rich source of stem cells which could be used at a later stage to diagnose or treat a host of medical conditions ranging from arthritis to Alzheimer’s.

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While cosmetic surgeons in the West have tissue banks, wherein stem cells extracted from the fat removed from the body are stored, it is not yet being offered here.

But are these stem cell therapies plain hype by business-minded health care providers? Experts say that in the case of menstrual blood, the quality and the quantity (of stem cells that can be extracted) is a debate but do note that it’s a much easier source of stem cells than the invasive procedure of extracting from the bone marrow which can be painful for the patient. “I am not sure how people would benefit in the long run,” says Dr Shashi Singh, scientist working on adult stem cells, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology. Experts say they would wait and watch further developments in the technology and probably for some successful case studies before recommending these new-age stem cell therapies.

Read more: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-03-17/hyderabad/29138238_1_cell-therapy-lifecell-international-menstrual-blood

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Written by csirindia

March 19, 2011 at 11:37 am

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