Japanese researchers claim heart disease breakthrough

Japanese researchers at Saitama Medical School said that a heart patient treated with his own bone marrow cells had recovered sufficiently to go home. The patient, who was not eligible for a heart transplant, was injected with cells in the hope that the infusions would help strengthen his heart. Those transplants appear to have enabled the man to become the first to stage a full recovery. Doctor Satoshi Gojo, who led the team that treated the man, said, "Although we have not yet reached the stage of treating heart patients with only cell transplants, we can expect to save patients who would not have survived if we combine this method with conventional treatments such as medication and heart pumps."

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