Stem-cell injections put spring in arthritic dog's steps

Maggie Mae is running a lot more these days and even gets on the couch without help. Full Story
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Pa W

Wakefield, RI

#1 Jun 15, 2008
Sounds like a novel idea......Have they had any success with this procedure with humans..........
Angel

Kissimmee, FL

#2 Jun 15, 2008
Pa W wrote:
Sounds like a novel idea......Have they had any success with this procedure with humans..........
it would, but the crazy christian rights movements are saying this is too close to an abortion, or something like that. so they complained and moaned and now it probably wont get money or much support. sad
Big A

Hialeah, FL

#3 Jun 15, 2008
Imagine the possibilities for humans!
MadMorgan

Starke, FL

#4 Jun 15, 2008
I'm leery of anything where they say "we're not sure what it's doing, but it's doing something"
Too often catch words are throw out as a solution, when all that really happening is people are being fleeced.
Stem cells may end up being the end all cure for everything, but simply extracting them and reinjecting? doubtful
WTH

Oviedo, FL

#5 Jun 15, 2008
Angel wrote:
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it would, but the crazy christian rights movements are saying this is too close to an abortion, or something like that. so they complained and moaned and now it probably wont get money or much support. sad
First of all - us "crazy Christian"s are against EMBRYONIC STEM CELL research. Not fat cell research. Get your facts straight please, before you go off on one of your little left-wing - it doesn't matter what we do, or who we do it to if it makes us feel good and the gov't pays for it - little rants.

That said. The FDA is very stringent on *ALL* kinds of medical research. You can't just start injecting substances into an animal no more than you can into a human being.

Personally, I wouldn't spend $2500 on my dog. But whatever floats your boat.
AAP

Palm Bay, FL

#6 Jun 15, 2008
Where do I volunteer to myself injected?
James

Sanford, FL

#7 Jun 15, 2008
MadMorgan wrote:
I'm leery of anything where they say "we're not sure what it's doing, but it's doing something"
Too often catch words are throw out as a solution, when all that really happening is people are being fleeced.
Stem cells may end up being the end all cure for everything, but simply extracting them and reinjecting? doubtful
I think its a bit more complicated than that but perhaps you're brain isn't.
Sid

Sanford, FL

#8 Jun 15, 2008
WTH wrote:
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First of all - us "crazy Christian"s are against EMBRYONIC STEM CELL research. Not fat cell research. Get your facts straight please, before you go off on one of your little left-wing - it doesn't matter what we do, or who we do it to if it makes us feel good and the gov't pays for it - little rants.
That said. The FDA is very stringent on *ALL* kinds of medical research. You can't just start injecting substances into an animal no more than you can into a human being.
Personally, I wouldn't spend $2500 on my dog. But whatever floats your boat.
We would and will spend the money for our dog if it turns out to be a viable option. Why have a dog in the family if you don't want to take care of them?
downtowner

Austin, TX

#9 Jun 15, 2008
acupuncture, stem cell injections all for $2500!! I think this is a litle much. people are so crazy about their pets these days. what happened to the days when an old tennis ball and a milkbone were enough???
Sid

Sanford, FL

#10 Jun 15, 2008
downtowner wrote:
acupuncture, stem cell injections all for $2500!! I think this is a litle much. people are so crazy about their pets these days. what happened to the days when an old tennis ball and a milkbone were enough???
Maybe, medical science has advanced enough to help our pets with the problems that ail them. I'm sorry for any pets you have. As they get older, they get arthritis and other painful ailments yet you would just give them a tennis ball and milkbone.
Maybe you just can't afford the treatment and if so, why criticize those who can?
It's really none of your business.
MaitlandDave

Orlando, FL

#11 Jun 15, 2008
I had a bone marrow transplant which is a form of stem cell treatment. It works and I'm alive today because of it!
Sid

Sanford, FL

#12 Jun 15, 2008
MaitlandDave wrote:
I had a bone marrow transplant which is a form of stem cell treatment. It works and I'm alive today because of it!
Glad to hear it! We have a friend who has chronic leukemia and is looking at his options. I don't know if that's one or not.
I wish you well.
Carbon

Winter Park, FL

#13 Jun 15, 2008
I wouldn't mind throwing a frisbee for that dog.
Rush

Orlando, FL

#14 Jun 15, 2008
Stem cell research should be fully supported by the federal govt. Anyone who is against it is a sheep of the Republican party and unable to think for themselves.

As for the dog, people need to use some perspective.$2500 could save one dog, or you could use it to help 25 dogs. If you truly loved animals then I think you would want to help as many as possible.
Sid

Sanford, FL

#15 Jun 15, 2008
Rush wrote:
Stem cell research should be fully supported by the federal govt. Anyone who is against it is a sheep of the Republican party and unable to think for themselves.
As for the dog, people need to use some perspective.$2500 could save one dog, or you could use it to help 25 dogs. If you truly loved animals then I think you would want to help as many as possible.
We can spend 2500 on our dog and spend even more helping other dogs. I don't think you should judge anyone on what they spend for their own pets. You have no idea who is out there doing what.
Maybe you should focus on volunteering to help animals or put your efforts into closing down pet stores instead of criticizing those of us who can afford to do the procedure and help with animal charities.
florida native

Orlando, FL

#16 Jun 15, 2008
my daughter is part of a medical research team at Wake Forest University that is making great strides in stem cell research, actually it is funded by the federal government. although the research is limited to animals at the present, they are making headway into growing healthy organs from cells which will someday benefit humans
DCM

Orlando, FL

#17 Jun 15, 2008
Rush wrote:
Stem cell research should be fully supported by the federal govt. Anyone who is against it is a sheep of the Republican party and unable to think for themselves.
Seems to me that those "unable to think for themselves" are those who can't distinguish between *embryonic* stem cell research and other kinds. The former is the controversial one. As it happens, embryonic stem cell research also has had no proven benefits, while other kinds (c.f., this article) have.
Magic Phan

United States

#19 Jun 15, 2008
DCM is right, but let's take it a step further.

Embryonic stem cell research requires a dead baby, and that is why it is controversial.

The other problem with it is that nobody has ever provided any data that suggests embryonic stem cells will provide meaningful medical benefits. This is why no commercial research entity is putting any money into it: they don't see a profit on the other end. In other words, no results, no investment. That's why activists insist that the federal government use tax money to fund it all. Civilians aren't interested in investing in a losing product.

Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have shown great promise in many areas, are the subject of this story, and don't require the afore-mentioned dead baby.

The problem with the Sentinel and other liberal papers like it is that they put out these stories without any effort to differentiate between the two or educate their readers about the difference.

So democrats like "rush" (above) think they're all the same and drink up the party line that Republicans are mean.

We have to educate ourselves on this stuff. The Sentinel has an agenda, so they won't be of any real help.

Embryonic stem cell research is a democrat talking point, and they mean to sell it to us. The Sentinel is here to help in any way they can.

Even to the detriment of adult stem cell research, which suffers equally because people unwittingly associate it with embryonic research and it hurts their funding efforts.
flcracker

Ocala, FL

#20 Jun 15, 2008
Magic Phan wrote:
DCM is right, but let's take it a step further.
Embryonic stem cell research requires a dead baby, and that is why it is controversial.
The other problem with it is that nobody has ever provided any data that suggests embryonic stem cells will provide meaningful medical benefits. This is why no commercial research entity is putting any money into it: they don't see a profit on the other end. In other words, no results, no investment. That's why activists insist that the federal government use tax money to fund it all. Civilians aren't interested in investing in a losing product.
Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have shown great promise in many areas, are the subject of this story, and don't require the afore-mentioned dead baby.
The problem with the Sentinel and other liberal papers like it is that they put out these stories without any effort to differentiate between the two or educate their readers about the difference.
So democrats like "rush" (above) think they're all the same and drink up the party line that Republicans are mean.
We have to educate ourselves on this stuff. The Sentinel has an agenda, so they won't be of any real help.
Embryonic stem cell research is a democrat talking point, and they mean to sell it to us. The Sentinel is here to help in any way they can.
Even to the detriment of adult stem cell research, which suffers equally because people unwittingly associate it with embryonic research and it hurts their funding efforts.
Thank goodness for someone with some knowledge and knows how to put it in simple terms for these simple people, namely republican bashers...
Thanks a million!
observer

United States

#21 Jun 15, 2008
Think about this: The world human population has doubled in the last 50 years. It is currently about seven billion persons. It should double again in another 50 years to 14 billion persons. In this same time it is estimated that average human life span will increase to 150 years as a result of medical advances. So YOUR CHILDREN will have to deal with life in a world of 14 billion people (or more) living to 150 years (maybe the last 25 or so they will be bed-ridden). Think about this.

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