Stem cell treatment now available in Davao City

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013


"STEM cell therapy is now in Davao City," announced by Dr. Luz P. Acosta, founding member of the Philippine Society for Stem Cell Medicine.

The stem cell treatment that is made available in the city is the internationally-recognized procedure approved by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Acosta explained that the process starts with taking a collection of platelet-rich plasma (blood) and autologous adipose tissue (fat) from the patient.

From these, the stem cells are then isolated and activated through the use of machines technologically enhanced to perform such tasks.

She said the stem cells are then ready to be administered to the patient through local injections as needed. The whole process, she added, is done in approximately two to three hours, under local anesthesia. No hospital admission is required.

The body will not incur any adverse reactions, according to the medical expert, since only the patient's own cells are being used in the process, contrary to that of the controversial procedures which use fetal or animal stem cells that each pose ethical and religious issues or genetic and ancestral issues, respectively.

The revolutionary stem cell treatment, according to Acosta, has had documented success in the treatment of diabetes, autism, Alzeihmer's disease, liver cirrhosis, multiple sclerosis, erectile dysfunction, kidney diseases, and lung diseases.

"There is no longer a need for Dabawenyos to go out of the country or fly to Manila to receive treatment for various diseases which had previously rendered patients desperate and hopeless." Acosta said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 27, 2013.

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