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Stem cell research offers new hope for Brain tumor patients - Californians to decide on Stem Cell Initiative in November

Posted on: 10/15/2004

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Stem cell research offers new hope for Brain tumor patients - Californians to decide on Stem Cell Initiative in November

Ben Lomond, CA, Oct 12, 2004: Proposition 71, the Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, is designed to fund stem cell research at California's medical research facilities. Stem cell therapy offers a chance for physicians to repair damage to human tissues including those affecting the brain and nerves. Conventional medicine has been frustrated in it’s efforts to cure disease, instead focusing on patient comfort levels and quality of life while living with disease, often at great expense. Stem cell therapy offers a chance to cure disease. Brain tumor patients have given physicians and researchers particular challenges, with tumor tissue mixing with healthy, crucial brain tissue.. Today, brain tumor patients often get the best results from surgery and the successful removal of tumor tissue. Chemo therapy and radiation are usually applied as a way to eliminate microscopic material. For many brain tumor patients surgery is not an option. Blood brain barriers also are considered in medication protocol.

Proposition 71 states the type of stem cells that may be used in research and does not allow reproductive cloning. Current research has been looking at obtaining clean, undifferentiated human stem cells from eggs fertilized in Petri dishes. They are most usable at less than twelve days old. After twelve days stem cells begin to differentiate into heart, liver, muscle ect. stem cells. Scientists hope to “program” undifferentiated Stem cells into usable strong healthy cells that can be injected or implanted into patients to seek the damaged areas and begin repair. Researchers wish to further develop methods of using adult stem cells in their studies to allow them to be programmed to working for healing and as a weapon against “bad” cells. Stem cell therapy and transplant is already in use and showing excellent results in treating some diseases.

Proposition 71 also assumes that great advances in medicine can be made in California creating new industry and revenue for public and private business, create employment within the state and revenue for the state itself. California has a reputation for succeeding in world affecting new ventures. This new technology is so promising in changing human life that many professionals believe that this is money well spent and a good investment in California’s resources.

Proposition 71 is supported by the American lung association, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, the California Medical Association, the American Diabetes Association, The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, The Prostate Cancer Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc., The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Alzheimer’s Association California Council, The Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California and hundreds of Noble Prize winning scientists and researchers, African American and Latino organizations, Faith Based Organizations, physicians and private individuals .

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