Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

'Negative opinion' to health ministry on stem-cell therapy


Rome, September 11 - A group of experts
commissioned by the Italian health ministry has submitted a
reportedly negative opinion on the controversial Stamina
stem-cell treatment, ANSA sources said Wednesday.
Italian researchers in July called on the health ministry
to stop supporting the treatment after international science
journal Nature slammed it as ineffective.
The opinion submitted to the health ministry reportedly
echoed those findings.
Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin had said the promoter of
the Stamina therapy needed to show results of its clinical
trials and a detailed protocol.
"Nature's report against the Stamina method is very serious
and, most of all, raises great concern," said Lorenzin, calling
on Davide Vannoni, the president of the Stamina Foundation which
developed the therapy, to hand over a protocol without further
Paolo Bianco, a top international expert at Rome's La
Sapienza University on mesenchymal stem cells, which are used in
the therapy, had earlier called on the government to stop the
treatment which "should be legally sanctioned by the government
and immediately banned from all public hospitals of the national
health service".
The controversial Stamina therapy questioned by Nature uses
the mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow that differentiate
into bone, fat and connective tissue to treat terminally ill
Developed by the Brescia-based Stamina Foundation, the
treatment was repeatedly banned until the Italian health
ministry in March said the therapy could continue in 32 terminal
patients, most of them children.

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