Sunday, January 13, 2008
Cures in China?
BEIJING -- They're paralyzed from diving accidents or car crashes, disabled by Parkinson's or blind. With few options at home in America, they search the Internet for experimental treatments -- and often land on Web sites promoting stem-cell treatments in China. These people mortgage their houses. Their hometowns hold fund raisers. They find tens of thousands of dollars so they can travel in hopes of a miracle. But documentation is mostly lacking, and Western doctors warn that patients are serving as guinea pigs in a country that isn't doing the rigorous lab and human tests needed to prove a treatment is safe and effective.
Alfred Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent"