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Watershed Moment for Autism and Cerebral Palsy Treatment

World Cord Blood Day 2017 could not have begun better, as news emerged that a successful clinical trial using privately stored cord blood stem cells to treat acquired neurological disorders has opened the door for many more children suffering from Autism and Cerebral Palsy. Duke University Medical Center has...

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Umbilical cord blood improves motor skills in some children with cerebral palsy

The NHS defines cerebral palsy as: “a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and coordination, caused by a problem with the brain that occurs before, during or soon after birth.” Up until now, there has been no cure for cerebral palsy, but an exciting new study by leading...

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Cerebral Palsy treated with sibling’s cord blood

Cerebral Palsy is the most common cause of physical disability in children Now it is possible for children with cerebral palsy to be treated not only with their own umbilical cord blood stem cells but also with those from a sibling. It has been a decade since the first...

Multiple sclerosis: Stem cell transplantation may halt disease progression

New research provides further evidence of autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation as an effective treatment for multiple sclerosis, after finding the procedure halted disease progression for 5 years in almost half of patients.   Lead study author Dr. Paolo Muraro, of the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London...

Early Results Show Irregular Heartbeat Improves After Mesenchymal Stem Cells Treatment

A new study published this month in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine indicates that treating heart patients with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) does not increase their risk of irregular heart beat (arrhythmia). In fact, the MSCs had the opposite effect and showed promise of improving the condition.   “This could...

Could Umbilical Cord Blood Banking Save Your Baby’s Life? Inside the Pregnancy Phenomenon

Of all the goods and services available to expectant parents, biological insurance—as blood cord banking is often considered—would seem a no-brainer. Yet it’s an incredibly expensive undertaking whose most intriguing benefits are linked to medical breakthroughs that we are still waiting for. The blood in a placenta and umbilical...

Stem cell transplants may induce long-term remission of multiple sclerosis

New clinical trial results provide evidence that high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by transplantation of a person’s own blood-forming stem cells can induce sustained remission of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system.   Five years after receiving the treatment,...

First-of-its-kind Study Explores if Stem Cells Might Lessen Inflammation in CF Patients

An Ohio cystic fibrosis (CF) patient was given an infusion of adult stem cells in a pioneering study that researchers hope will lead to therapies that reduce inflammation and infections linked to the disease.   “I am hoping the future generations of CF patients can get better treatments and...

Scientists Find Key Clues to Regulate Bone-Building Cells

The prospect of regenerating bone lost to cancer or trauma is a step closer to the clinic as University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have identified two proteins found in bone marrow as key regulators of the master cells responsible for making new bone. In a study published online today (Feb....

HLA–identical sibling HSCT leads to high rate of 5-year survival in sickle cell disease

HLA–identical sibling transplantation showed promising long-term survival for children and adults with sickle cell disease, according to an international retrospective study. “Sickle cell disease and transplant physicians alike debate the burden of morbidity from a chronic disease and mortality from the disease, vs. the curative option with transplantation and...