Stem Cell Therapy for Heart Ailments in Children

Children born with heart diseases do not survive for long even after the surgery. They succumb to heart failures in most of the cases. Researchers from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have discovered that stem cells taken from the heart of these affected patients can be used to reconstruct the damaged heart.

The results of this study are published in the February 2011 of the American Heart Association journal, the Circulation.

The researchers found that stem cells could be extracted from the hearts of new born babies to children of the age of 13 years. The technique can help in completely doing away with the requirement of heart transplant.

The application of the stem cells to treat heart ailments was restricted only to the adult patients. The study is the first of its kind where the therapy has been extended to children as well. The trials on children will commence this fall and the approval of this therapy from the FDA is still awaited.

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