Ignored Stories - Promising Non-Emryonic Stem Cell News

Welcome to another episode of what I like to call Ignored Stories. Today's story is about one of the sacred cows of liberalism, embryonic stem cell research. As I've documented here and here, the Fish Wrapper continues to tout embryonic stem cell research as the "last, best hope" for people like Michael J. Fox, even though there has yet to be one proven treatment or therapy derived from embryonic stem cells.

In the meantime, there is successful work being done with non-embryonic stem cells, but of course this isn't being reported in the MSM. Why? It shows that the taking of life by harvesting embryos isn't necessary, and since liberals don't value human life, they don't report it.

As reported by NewsBusters:

Columbia University released a presser nearly 10 weeks ago about a "Novel Clinical Trial" involving those damn adult stem cells; you know, the kind we're supposed to pretend are useless as compared to their embryonic predecessors.

The novelty of course comes from the fact that medical researchers are yet again showing promise using non-embryonic forms of adult stem cells. But this trial goes beyond that simple fact; it has the added novelty of using a person's own adult stem cells to treat a form of coronary artery disease that is so severe that traditional treatment is not an option.

The results are very preliminary but even if the trial was in the final phase I wouldn't expect to hear about it in the mainstream media anytime soon. That's because this study breaches all the taboo's of liberal activism by the novelty of its sheer existence. Combine that with the fact that the trial is being funded by a (gasp) major "money grubbing" pharmaceutical researcher and you have all the elements necessary to justify below the fold, section c, inside the back page, small left hand corner, 2-3 lines max treatment (with a little luck).

You can read about the specifics of the trial here. The following is a quick synopsis.

Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is one of the first medical centers in the country participating in a novel clinical trial investigating if a patient's own stem cells can treat a form of severe coronary artery disease.


"This promising stem cell therapy may be an alternative for patients without any other means to treat their chest pain," says Warren Sherman, site principal investigator, interventional cardiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia and associate professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.


The stem cells are thought to work by promoting the growth of new vessels to create pathways to the heart muscle, ensuring adequate nutrition and alleviating the pain associated with the myocardial ischemia.

Researchers are encouraged by reports from the Phase I trial that the therapy appeared to be well-tolerated and no serious adverse events directly related to the stem cell therapy were reported. Through the duration of the 12-month study, there were no deaths or heart attacks. Fifteen of the 18 total Phase I subjects who received the cells reported feeling better with reductions in chest pain and/or improved exercise capacity. Though not sufficiently powered to prove efficacy, these results did lead the way to the initiation of the Phase II ACT34-CMI trial.

The study is sponsored by Cellular Therapies, a business unit of Baxter Healthcare Corp. [all emphasis mine]

This is one of many studies that demonstrates the promise of non-embryonic stem cell research. You would think that we would begin to hear about these kinds of breakthroughs especially now that the 2006 elections are over. Instead the politics of liberal activists in the mainstream media has permeated the industry so deeply that they can't even report on causes they would otherwise champion. The fact of the matter is that this type of news would shed truth on the lie of embryonic stem cell politics and that is something the gate keepers will not tolerate no matter how many lives could be positively affected.

The optimist in me thinks we could make a difference if we started calling embryonic stem cell research by a more appropriate name such as fertilized human baby egg stem cell research. The realist in me knows this would make little difference because the optimist assumes that liberal activists have shame; something the realist in me knows not to be true.

Note: This article has been updated to reflect the fact that the original press release came out nearly 10 weeks ago! This continues the trend of the MSM embargo on such news; a pure travesty of substandard journalism in my estimation.

Now with all of this promise for treating chest pain, you would think that the media would be all over this one, wouldn't you? However, the only coverage was provided by ABC. That's it. No converage from the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NBC, etc. And certainly no coverage in the Daily Dead Fish Wrapper, but that is to be expected, considering the DFW's well documented belief that only embryonic stem cells contain promise.

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