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Stem Cell Treatment Shows Promise as Treatment for Rare Heart Condition in Children

Study Finds


A heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, weakens muscles of the ventricles, which causes heart failure and often death in children. Currently, the only cure is a heart transplant, which can take long periods of time to find an acceptable donor and increases the risk of rejection of the donor tissue. A recent study by scientists in Japan finds that a stem cell therapy could help DCM patients survive longer while awaiting a transplant — or potentially eliminate the need for a new heart entirely.

The study of stem cell regeneration has proven ...