兽医

全国有数以千计患退化性关节炎的狗,接受了干细胞治疗,这种治疗每次收费2500美元至3000美元,没有独立的研究证明干细胞疗法有效,但这些宠物的主人说,他们的宠物在屋内走动更容易,姿势也有改善,整体看来更舒适… 迈阿密居民费希曼夫妇的宠物、五岁的拉布拉多与贵宾犬混种狗露西,因患风湿性关节炎后腿无法行走,只能用前腿在地上爬行,在接受了昂贵的三针静脉注射干细胞后,情况改进,不再因疼痛而嚎叫或呜咽,需要的药物也比以前少。尽管专家说,缺乏证据显示这种治疗有效,但视露西如女儿的费希曼夫妇认为干细胞治疗有效,他们认为露西能活到五岁也是这种疗法的功劳,他们将再花3000美元,为露西打第四针。

为露西做干细胞治疗的是佛罗里达大学兽医克里斯廷‧柯克比,她说,其它五个类似的治疗都有正面的效果,但这些效果都是根据主人的报告,不是科学的验证,该大学计划开始对每个宠物做治疗前疼痛调查,和治疗后的评估及检查,以衡量其改变。一些专家也建议需要做类似的研究,来评估这种疗法的疗效。

加州的Vet-Stem公司在2003年研发干细胞疗法,该公司从全国的狗的脂肪样本中撷取干细胞,这个疗法主要是治疗关节中软骨流失的骨关节炎,干细胞疗法能使动物更换软骨或其它组织。该公司创办人哈曼说,使用成年动物脂肪细胞的干细胞来治疗慢性病是合理的,因为动物身体用脂肪细胞来制造结疤组织和修补损坏,「我们只是使用身体现存的修补机器,把它浓缩,并把它放在受伤的地方及需要治疗的地方,来使其自然痊愈」。

自2003年起,该公司治疗了1500只狗,并计划今年稍后开始治疗猫,全国有超过1500名兽医可执行干细胞疗法。加州尔湾的兽医葛塞尔用干细胞疗法治疗了40只狗,狗主人的报告和对止痛药的要求显示,其中80%都有正面的反应。

两项由康乃尔大学研究人员做的研究发现,患骨关节炎的狗在注射干细胞后,跛行的情况有改善,这些研究都是部分或全部由Vet-Stem公司资助,由该公司研究人员和其它兽医进行的。

【2009/08/11 世界日报】@ http://udn.com/

另外,中国报于2009年亦曾报导一位饱受关节炎困扰20年的女士–萧瑞群(54岁),芙蓉小贩同业商会会长李中永的太太,在爱心肾脏专科医院接受膝盖软骨干细胞治疗,解决了多年的困扰。

Translated by HSCC

連結1:http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/health/2009/august/Dogs-and-Horses-Benefit-From-Stem-Cell-Treatments.html
連結2:http://vetcellasia.com/

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