Advances in stem cells that could heal a broken heart: Breakthrough injections can help cure the condition that affects a MILLION patients, scientists say
- University College London researchers have made a breakthrough in stem cell technology
- According to scientists, the new injection could one day help heal faulty hearts
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According to scientists, a breakthrough stem cell injection could one day help heal faulty hearts.
Previous attempts to regenerate hearts in this way have failed because the cells have difficulty adapting to their new environment.
Now researchers at University College London have discovered how to keep stem cells alive longer in the heart by first growing them on miniature spheres.
Because of the size of the microspheres, they can be injected into the heart muscle. The researchers say their method, which was tested on rats, could help cure heart failure.
Researchers at University College London (above) have found how to keep stem cells alive longer in the heart by first growing them on miniature spheres
The scientists hope to be able to test the treatment in humans within a decade.
Dr. Daniel Stuckey of University College London said, “Our technology offers a new way to ensure that the cells injected into the heart are working as they should.”
Professor Metin Avkiran of the British Heart Foundation said, “This is a promising new delivery system that could give heart cells derived from stem cells the best chance of repairing damaged hearts.”
Stem cells are those that can turn into all sorts of other cell types and are used in bone marrow transplants and other therapies.
The groundbreaking stem cell injection could one day help cure heart failure, according to scientists
Dr. Stuckey’s colleague Annalisa Bettini said, “Not only are we developing cardiac injections, but also these traceable microspheres that act as heart patches that can easily be injected into the specific area of the heart damage.
“Going forward, these cardiologists could offer a range of solutions to provide the best possible care for their patients.”