What Are Stem Cells?
Stem Cells are the master cells which act as basic building blocks of our body. Just like a seed of a plant that gives rise to branches, leaves and fruits, these stem cells have the potential to develop into specialised cells such as blood cells, muscle cells, brain cells, etc., of our body.
How Do Stem Cells Work?
When parts of our body or its functions are damaged or affected by aging, injury or illness, these stem cells have the ability to both replace affected cells and/or repair the affected parts and restore the normal functions of our body.
Where Are Stem Cells Used?
Stem cells are currently used in modern day medicine and can help in the treatment of many medical conditions through replacement and repair . For over 50 years, Over 13 lakh transplants have been done using stem cells, across the globe , with currently over 50,000 done in a year .
What Is The Role Of Stem Cells In Today’s Healthcare?
Today, stem cells have the ability to treat over 80 blood related medical conditions such as Thalassemia, Lymphoma, Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Neuroblastoma, etc.,
Over 500 clinical trials for conditions such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Diabetes are currently underway increasing the scope of future treatments.
What Is The Probability Of Being Diagnosed Of A Condition Treatable By Stem Cells?
Every individual has a 5% probability of being diagnosed with a condition treatable by stem cells. Hence for a family of 8 members that includes the child, siblings, parents and grandparents,there is a high probability of 40% for the family members to be diagnosed with a condition that requires stem cells for its treatment.
1 in 217 will undergo a stem cell transplant by the age of 70 years
The Application Of Stem Cells In Medicine
Possibilities Growing Day By Day
At Present, Stem Cells are used in treating over 80 medical conditions