Posted by: Christine Johnson | April 11, 2007

Tell me again why JDRF won’t fund research like this

Rebecca of Mary Meets Dolly has a story about a study on adult stem cells seeming to cure Juvenile Diabetes (Type I). Rep. Dave Weldon of Florida is the one with the press release. I won’t hold my breath for the mainstream media to grab hold of this and run, though.

Here’s a sampling, but you can read more at Mary Meets Dolly, too.

WASHINGTON, April 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In yet another advance in adult stem cell therapy, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) today released a study in which 14 of 15 Juvenile Diabetes patients demonstrated significant improvement as a result of an adult stem cell treatment. According to U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon, M.D. (R-FL), the study is significant in that it’s the first attempt at using stem cells of any kind to reverse the effects of Type I diabetes in humans.

One thing that is telling here is that the research was done by Americans, but it was done overseas. Rep. Weldon has something to say about that:

“Adult stem cell science in America is being crowded out and in some cases ignored. This bias is now denying American patients access to therapies that are much more promising. We need to focus on human treatments for today, not those with false hope for tomorrow.”



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