Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Experimental use of stem-cell therapy approved for Italy


Rome, May 15 - Legislation permitting the
experimental use of stem cells in medical therapies was approved
Wednesday by Italian politicians on the social affairs
An amendment to existing law received unanimous approval
for the testing of stem-cell therapy under controlled conditions
approved by the Ministry of Health.
As well, three million euro from the national health fund
will be allocated for the testing, which is to begin July 1 and
extend for 18 months.
The committee has officially approved what is already the
practice in at least one Italian hospital, despite court rulings
against the procedure.
A toddler at the Brescia hospital in northern Italy has
been undergoing stem-cell treatment which the government
grudgingly approved of in March.
At the time, the health minister said it would be risky to
the child's health to stop treatments that were underway.
Treatments for local toddler Celeste Carrer involve
stem-call transplants from her mother's bone marrow, and began
18 months ago to halt the spinal muscular atrophy causes the
toddler's muscles to waste away.
Celeste was reportedly able to move her neck, arms, and
legs following an early treatment.
Stem-cell treatment, which is legal in Italy in
life-threatening instances, is contentious because it sometimes
involves the destruction of a human embryo.
Italy banned the use of embryos in stem cell research in
2004, but in 2007 Italian researchers obtained adult stem cells
which they said were as effective as those obtained from

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