Beguiling Baghdad: War, Carnage, and... Stem Cell Therapy?
Posted Jul 31 2009 11:54am
Well, here's a reason to go to Baghdad, even if you aren't employed by Halliburton or the United States military. If you could manage to avoid the sectarian violence, suicide bombers, and improvised explosive devices, you might just be able to get stem cell therapy for your Multiple Sclerosis...
According to this article in "Stars and Stripes", a doctor in Baghdad is performing stem cell therapy on Multiple Sclerosis patients, with some success. He's using patients' own stem cells, derived from their bone marrow, and injected back into their spinal columns.
It sounds like the procedure being used is fairly crude, but if even this primitive procedure is resulting in some benefit to the patients receiving it (and that's far from proven), then more sophisticated procedures would certainly seem to hold great promise.
I feel like I should be able to come up with some kind of war-torn witticism here, or it least a good falafel quip, but nothing seems to be coming. I invite witty readers to submit something in the comments section...
Stem cells in Baghdad? What's next, therapeutic cloning in Kabul?