By Engracia S. Arceo , MPH, RMT
Stem cell research is a medical advancement that works on the idea that some cells in the body have the potential of generating new kinds of cells. It has been a topic of fictional movies and controversial debates worldwide. Although stem cell research has been present for several decades, not many people know the benefits of these tiny cells.
Cure for Rare Diseases
The new generation created a plethora of diseases. The treatment of many of them is still unknown to many scientists. With the promising advances in stem cell research, experts find hope in discovering treatments to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes mellitus and all forms of cancer.
Source of New Organs
Many people around the world are dying because of the scarcity of human organ donors. People who suffer from chronic heart ailments, liver and kidney problems die because they could not find a compatible organ to replace their damaged parts. With the help of stem cell research, researchers can produce new organs out of the tiny stem cells they harvest.
Stem cells provide an endless possibility for more researches and development in the field of medicine. With stem cell research, scientists can study the human body better.
By: Engracia S. Arceo, MPH, RMT
In these modern times, in vitro fertilization is one way to overcome infertility. Infertility produces mental and emotional depression. Because the ultimate goal of couples is to have a child, inability to have may lead to your breakup. But with the advances in medicine, it is now possible to defy nature and conceive a child even with the so called “artificial method”.
Prior to the In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), the couple has to undergo a thorough physical and medical assessment. The doctor checks the sperm quality of the male and tracks the menstrual cycle of the female. When everything is clear, the procedure commences.
IVF starts when the egg cell from the sperm and egg cell are allowed to meet outside the woman’s body. When fertilization is successful, the fertilized egg will be injected back to the female uterus for normal intra-uterine development to occur. From this time onwards, the female will experience the normal course of pregnancy and childbirth.
One IVF may not necessarily lead to successful pregnancy. Some couples experience several failed procedure before they finally have their baby. Some common scenarios include miscarriage and premature birth. While many couples only aim for a single baby, you have the option to ask your IVF provider to implant multiple embryos.