• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil Uses Stem Cells to Treat Chagas’ Patients

In Brazil, stem cells are being used to treat Chagas’ disease in its chronic stage. Scientists discovered that stem cells extracted from the patient’s own bone marrow act to regenerate damaged heart tissue.

Ricardo Ribeiro, a cardiologist at Santa Izabel Hospital, in Salvador, capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia, affirms that the research involving stem cells is helping patients in the terminal stages of the disease.

“Thirty patients received bone marrow stem cell transplants and experienced significant improvement in their lives.”

According to the cardiologist, 70% of Chagas’ disease patients coexist with the protozoan, Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes the disease.

“Only 30% of the victims develop the disease in a chronic form. The research is aimed at reaching these cases,” Ribeiro affirms.

He says that the treatment used in Bahia will be transferred to other Brazilian capitals, such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, and Porto Alegre.

The cardiologist also explains that stem cell transplants are of no help in treating people who suffer from the disease in its acute form.

Translation: David Silberstein

Agência Brasil


  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


You May Also Like

Brazil Has a US$ 4 Billion Travel Deficit So Far This Year

Brazilians haven't been discouraged from taking trips abroad due to the rising dollar in ...

Genoíno’s Path from Guerrilla to Socialist Lite in Brazil’s Congress

José Genoíno’s life covers the trajectory of the Brazilian left over the last half ...

Use of Credit Card in Brazil Jumps 25% to US$ 50 Billion

Brazilians are using credit cards more often. Purchases made using plastic money in Brazil ...

Brazil’s Experts Discuss Eco Preservation

The “cerrado,” the savannah that is considered the world’s richest in biodiversity, is the ...

Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela Discuss Integrating Their Armies

Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela resolved to step up efforts to integrate their supply chains ...

Personal Loans at 59% Interest Rate: The Lowest Brazil Has Seen in 12 Years

Even though they remain high, as the head of the Economic Department of Brazil’s Central ...

Brazil Industry Grows 3.3% Led by Autos, Metallurgy and Food

The sectors of automotive vehicles, basic metallurgy, and food and beverages have led Brazilian ...

In 15 Days, Brazil Exports US$ 4.4 Bi With 1.7 Bi Surplus

Brazil exported the equivalent to US$ 1.943 billion on the third week of January ...

Brazil Refuses to Pay More for Paraguayan Energy Arguing Pacts Should Be Kept

Brazil has offered investments in Paraguay in exchange for not claiming a fair price ...