In first-phase clinical trials, eight out of 15 continent men suffering from erectile dysfunction had sex six months after the one-time Men in therapy 03, without recourse to drugs or penile implants. The results were promising enough to convince Danish health authorities to authorise so-called phase III "double-blind" randomised trials in which one group of men is given stem cell therapy and another placebos. Only men recovering from prostate cancer and able to control their bladders will be enrolled in the new experiments, Lund explained by phone.
The cells undergo a brief treatment and emerge as all-purpose stem cells, meaning they can mutate into almost any specialised cell in the body.
The stem cells are then injected with a syringe into Men in therapy 03 penis, where they spontaneously begin to change in to nerve and muscle cellsas well as the endothelial cells that line blood vessels. Men are under general anaesthesia while all of this happens, and are discharged from hospital the same day.
Prostate surgery is responsible for Men in therapy 03 13 percent of erectile dysfunction cases. Up to 80 percent of men experience difficulty having sex immediately after an operation, previous research has shown. Diabetes accounts for 40 percent of erectile dysfunction cases, and vascular disease another 30 percent. The results reported at the European Association of Urology conference could be an effective "therapeutic option for patients suffering erectile dysfunction from other causes," Haahr said.
It is estimated that nearly half of men between the ages of 40 and 70 experience erectile dysfunction to some degree. Failure to perform sexually can also, in some men, result from relationship problems, performance anxiety or repressed homosexuality, Haahr said. Please sign in to add a comment.
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