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  1. #1 Research for common ailments 
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    I'd like to see research for things that people have that are currently not being explored. Such as replacing parts of the body that have become damaged or have simply worn out, maybe through embryonic stem cells. Things like growing new teeth instead dentures or implants, Parts of the eye ( retina, the fluid to reverse eye floaters), Glands, such as the thyroid, research to find out how to deal with fibrin for women struggling with uterine fibroids, Elastin and how to reverse skin damage including sagging skin, enlarged pores, dealing with blood vessels and other sun damage, reversing loss of pigmentation in hair. I know this is a lot but these are the things I'm interested in,but no one is doing anything about. There was supposed to be a devise for re-growing the teeth put out by the University of Alberta, called LIPUS, but I've never been able to verify this.


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    There's a lot of research on stem cells - and avoiding embryonic stem cells into the bargain. It's intended for all those really difficult transplant situations as well as things we've not been able to transplant up till now - especially pancreas for Type 1 diabetes sufferers. Why transplant a whole heart when for the great majority of potential, desperately ill, recipients you really only need to enhance function in about 20% of the muscle to make the person able to live a normal life? Same thing goes for liver and lungs.

    For most of what you're talking about it's really Watch This Space for a decade or so until researchers have been able to both develop technologies and get large scale testing completed on human subjects.


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    I wonder how such a new medical ‘’breakthrough’’ wouldchange mortality rates of humans. Hmmm.

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    I hope the research continues.
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    Mortality rate? Not a big effect by itself on the bare numbers.

    But if you get rid of Type 1 diabetes for a significant number of sufferers, there's huuuge benefits to their individual longevity as well as avoiding all the hospital admissions, the eyesight deteriorating before blindness is complete, the damage to feet and legs and all the surgeries to remove toes/feet and so on. And a huuuuge benefit to the families of diabetics not having to be constantly on the alert for hypo or hyper episodes coming on. Scientists move closer to stem cell cure for type 1 diabetes | Society | theguardian.com

    And the same thing goes for a few other conditions - like cystic fibrosis which can make childhood (and later life) miserable with constant hospital stays. If you could just create enough healthy lung tissue for people to live normal lives that would be marvelous for the whole family.

    And it really won't matter how expensive these therapies are once they're doable safely in humans. The vast numbers of $$$$s expended by health systems on these patients throughout their lives would be saved. For these sorts of conditions, stem cell therapy might have a similar effect on hospital bed days to that of vaccines preventing contagious diseases.
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