Stem Cell Research for Osteoarthritis : is it the light at the end of the tunnel?

Is stem cell research for osteoarthritis the light of an oncoming train?

Is stem cell research for osteoarthritis the light at the end of the tunnel or is it an oncoming train?

This new stem cell research for osteoarthritis looks promising. This study has not even been published yet but a couple of newspapers have got hold of it and, as usual, are hailing it as “outstanding”. I will wait to see the actual paper until I do that as I have no idea on the quality of the actual study.

BioNews has reported that an Australian company, Regeneus, has developed done new stem cell research for osteoarthritis. Their technique “uses stem cells from the patient’s fat tissue which are injected into affected joints.”

It makes sense to use our own stem cells as you know it will be a perfect match, plus you don’t have all the ethical problems that often surrounds stem cell research for osteoarthritis.

Is Stem Cell Research for Osteoarthritis Our Best Hope?

I am with  Judith Brodie, chief executive of the charity Arthritis Care, who cautiously welcomed this new stem cell research for osteoarthritis saying

‘This new stem cell therapy, if the trials continue to show success, could be transformational. While the long-term effects are unknown, and there should be caution due to the early stage of development, Arthritis Care welcomes progress in treating this painful condition’.

However, Brodie pointed out the complexity of arthritic disease and the need for more research, saying: ‘At the moment stem cells are not the ‘magic bullet’ and they don’t solve the underlying problem of osteoarthritis, which still needs to be addressed’.

I find it interesting she doesn’t consider stem cell research for osteoarthritis a magic bullet. I was hoping it was! I do agree we need to know more about WHY we get osteoarthritis and also the MECHANISM that causes the degeneration. Only by knowing these basics will we ever prevent and truly cure osteoarthritis.

For me as a sufferer already this kind of stem research for osteoarthritis is the brightest light at the end of a very dark tunnel. However I don’t yet know if that bright light is an oncoming train!

Do you think stem cell research for osteoarthritis is the most promising new form of treatment? Do you think if the cells come from yourself it is a natural treatment? Leave a comment below and let me know…

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