Chinese Stem Cell Therapies

Posted on February 8, 2007  Comments (2)

Stem-Cell Refugees

Good or bad, China’s clinical work is already cutting-edge. More than 100 Chinese hospitals are currently performing stem cell procedures, according to Jon Hakim, a Minnesota native who has been appointed director of the foreign patient services department at Beike, helping Nanshan Hospital recruit patients. Since opening up to foreigners about a year ago, Beike has treated 170 of them from 29 countries. Like Melton, most of them find out about Beike from the Internet, and many write their own blogs in China and after they return home. In addition to spinal cord injuries, doctors treat multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and ataxia, a genetic disease that leads to deterioration of muscle function. While undergoing stem cell treatment, patients may also receive physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, drugs, and electrical stimulation. The average price tag: $17,000, plus airfare.

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2 Responses to “Chinese Stem Cell Therapies”

  1. CuriousCat: Stanford Gets $75 Million for Stem Cell Center
    October 8th, 2008 @ 6:02 pm

    “The center is also getting a $43.6 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The institute, the state’s $3 billion stem cell funding unit…”

  2. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Making Embryonic Stem Cells
    December 24th, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

    […] scientist who entered the US as a foreign student from China. Which is somewhat ironic given the movement of USA based stem cell researches to China. Great article showing the process of scientific […]

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