Stem cells for LES augmentation

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   Posted 12/17/2012 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
LINX is approved, EndoStim is in trials. What next? I think some stem cell based approaches show promise.
I certainly hope that we only have to worry about imperfect solutions for just a decade more.

Summarizing what I've found so far on stem cells, googling around.

Endoscopic injection of skeletal muscle-derived cells augments gut smooth muscle sphincter function

A patent on muscle derived cell injections

Urinary incontinence(similar concept) and original (I think 2007) trials

Autologous Cell Therapy for Treatment of Fecal Incontinence

Stem cells for male incontinence post prostate cancer surgery

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   Posted 12/18/2012 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah it is really interesting and promising. Makes me wish science was paramount over superstition these days but unfortunately we are not there yet. So this holy grail of medicine is not being explored as it should be.

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   Posted 12/18/2012 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
It is a shame that funding stopped in 2001 in the Bush era.

But seems like Pres. Obama reopened it in 2009 and I've heard that some good research labs are getting good funding now and there is a strong push towards establishing protocols for promising treatments.
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