Published in Health and Medicine Week, December 1st, 2003
The idea, called cell therapy, is intended to strengthen the heart by reseeding it with cells taken from elsewhere in the patient's body. Just how it works is a mystery, but in theory the new cells transform themselves into muscle or blood vessels or encourage the heart to repair itself.
Several small studies in recent years have yielded promising results, suggesting that patients seem to do better after the treatments. But the latest experiment is the first to put this to a...
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