One of the more controversial issues in modern medical technology is that of stem cell research. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, stem cells are common to most multi-cell organisms (including, of course, human beings).
Stem cells are unique in that they can renew themselves through the process of mitotic cell division and can differentiate into a diverse range of specialized cell types. The medical use of these cells are what gives them their great potential. Stem cells may be used to treat a variety of diseases, including:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Leukemia and other cancers
- Parkinson’s disease
- Spinal cord injuries
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Muscle damage
- And potentially more
So, why are these cells controversial?
Primarily because of the scientific need to harvest and destroy human embryos – which is too close to abortion for many people. The pro-life movement wants to protect the human embryo. However, there are those who want to use these valuable cells to save and improve the quality of lives.
One recent finding, reported on CNN Money, explores a way to utilize valuable stem cell technology without sacrificing the unborn. This non-invasive, safe and easy method is by collecting and preserving stem cells found in women’s menstrual blood.
The “ick factor” notwithstanding, this technology promises to provide treatment for a wide range of diseases. Read the CNNMoney report for more details!
Taking Control: Future Therapies for a Host of Serious Diseases May Be Found in Women’s Menstrual Blood
July 07, 2008: 01:28 PM EST
OLDSMAR, Fla., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With today’s hectic lifestyle, where most women are juggling careers, family, relationships, and a host of activities, the idea of possibly facing a serious illness in the future is not something that readily comes to mind -- especially when a woman is in the prime of her life. But what most women don’t know, is that the key to treating a number of possibly life-threatening diseases that she, a parent, a sibling or even her children may face in later years, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, may be found within her own body -- in vital stem cells, which can now be harvested from her own menstrual blood.
Now, thanks to the revolutionary research and technology of C’elle, a service dedicated to providing women with a safe and easy method of collecting and preserving stem cells found in her menstrual fluid each month, even the busiest woman can take control of her future, right in the privacy of her own home. With C’elle’s non-invasive collection process, menstrual cells are processed and cryo-preserved (stored at a very low temperature) for potential cellular therapies that may be used in the future. These self-renewing cells one day may even be used for sports medicine or cosmeceutical treatments, such as anti-aging therapies.
“C’elle enables and empowers a woman to take control of her future health, and possibly of those genetically closest to her, in a fast, painless and stress free way,” said Michelle Kay, Marketing and Sales Manager for C’elle. “We live in exciting times, as science and technology are discovering how extremely valuable menstrual blood stem cells really are, and the enormous treatment potential they represent for future therapies. C’elle’s ongoing research is supporting these promising findings.”
For more information about C’elle, please call 1-877-892-3553 or visit www.celle.com.