Added 17 September, 2013
Doctors at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Canada have begun a new experimental treatment using a heart attack victim's own cells in an effort to repair their damaged heart. The method involves drawing blood from the patient from between five and thirty days after they've suffered a major heart attack, and genetically enhancing stem cells from the blood with a gene that promotes improved tissue regeneration and new growth of blood vessels. The treatment study involves 100 patients over the next two years. The results may be game-changing. Stem cell treatment is one of the Next Big Things in medicine; a trend with the potential to have a significant effect on medicine and culture in the years to come.