Stem Cell Treatments

Short Science, March 31, 2013

Neutrinos go 'missing' on their journey from the Sun to earth.

Scientists have criticised an Italian government decree allowing a group of terminally ill patients to continue using an unproven stem cell treatment, saying such therapies may cause harm and risk exploiting desperate people. 

Sunday, 31 March, 2013, 1:06am

Grow your own

A stem cell researcher in Seoul. Photo: Reuters

Imagine this: a car crash victim who suffers serious trauma to the brain avoids neurological damage after the doctors regenerate his lost brain matter using stem cells in the lab.

19 Feb 2013 - 10:19am

A potential cure on a plate

Patients' skin cells were used to create the "disease in a dish" model.

Researchers are a step closer to developing therapies for the deadly condition, known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C).

29 Jan 2013 - 11:35am

Stem cell treatment left woman with bone growing around one eye

Stem cell treatment left woman with bone growing around one eye

It sounds like a nightmare. A California woman complains to her doctor about pain in one of her eyes. She leaves his office six-and-a-half hours later after surgery to remove small chunks of bone growing in her eyelid.

25 Jan 2013 - 12:07pm

Donor stem cells as safe as patient's own for heart repair

Stem cells from the marrow of healthy donors was found to help repair recipient's damaged heart tissue.

Researchers are reporting that stem cells donated by strangers proved as safe and effective as patients' own cells for helping restore heart tissue, a key advance in repairing hearts damaged by heart attacks.

7 Nov 2012 - 4:10am

Mainland tightens rules on stem cell therapy

A member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences who helped draft the mainland's first regulations on clinical trials of stem cell treatments says the authorities are considering centralising such treatment and research in 50 hospitals and institutes.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Medicine's wild east

The Singaporean doctor has ALS, the incurable degenerative disease of the nervous system. He tried the drug with the best chance of slowing the weakening of his muscles, the compromising of his respiratory system, the steady onset of death. But he is allergic. He figured he had only one hope left.

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

China closes stem-cell gap with the West

China's aggressive drive to close the gap with the West in stem-cell research is paying off after five years of heavy investment in a branch of science free of the tight regulatory constraints and intense debate over moral issues that hamper experimental work elsewhere.

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

Question of the week: Do you support stem cell research?

Taral Gurung, 15, YMCA of HK Christian College

A stem cell is a cell whose main function is to repair lost or damaged cells in all parts of the body.

17 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Change of heart

Richard Stuart lifts up his cream polo shirt and points to a small scar just below his left breast. 'That's it,' he said. 'They injected me 30 times, right here, straight into my heart.'

12 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Joint effort urged on stem cells

Public hospitals have been urged to work with private companies to provide subsidised storage for umbilical blood - a source of stem cells that are being used to treat a growing number of illnesses.

Australian cell and molecular biology expert Robert Williamson said a public-private partnership would enable the government to set standards.

31 Mar 2005 - 12:00am