Monday, January 9, 2012

Examining the dangers of stem cell tourism

This “60 Minutes” segment tells the heart-breaking story of one family’s experience at a Mexican clinic, where they sought treatment for their three-year-old son’s cerebral palsy.

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Related: China halts unapproved stem cell treatments
Associated Press January 10, 2012 02:23 AM (01-10) 02:23 PST BEIJING, China (AP) --
China's Health Ministry has ordered a stop to unapproved stem cell treatments, which have become a growing but loosely regulated industry in the country.
The ministry said Tuesday it stopped accepting applications for procedures until July as it tries to bring the industry under control with a yearlong campaign to halt unauthorized stem cell therapy trials.
Regulations on stem cell treatments are lighter in China compared to other nations. The country is seen as a last hope for people suffering from serious medical problems ranging from cancer to spinal cord injuries.
Patients, including some from overseas, can pay tens of thousands of dollars in a bid to restore back functions or sight.

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