These stories are ubiquitous but I report them here from time to time because it is worth keeping in mind that adult stem cell research is moving forward at a very nice pace in human patients. First, Australian researchers are reporting in early studies that adult stem cells can indeed help treat heart disease, with improvements in the 20-60% range. These findings reflect other reports. And children with a form of brain cancer have enjoyed much better results than normal treatments when their own bone marrow stem cells are added to the regimen.
The number of patients is small, and much more needs to be learned, but there is no doubt that this is all very good news.