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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...

Toddler suffering from rare blood disorder gets boost as 50,000 stem cell donors sign up to save her

The family of a young girl who has a rare blood disorder say they are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support after more than 50,000 strangers signed up as stem cell donors. Three-year-old Ava Stark has a blood disorder called inherited bone marrow failure and needs a stem cell...

Can stem cell therapy really treat multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferer Eric Thompson was able to rise from his wheelchair and walk just days after treatment with haematopoietic stem cells, according to a recent Daily Mail article. Unable to receive this aggressive treatment through the NHS, Thompson and his family raised £40,000 to undergo the treatment in Mexico....

Researchers develop new strategy to limit side effects of stem cell transplants

Scientists in Germany have developed a new approach that may prevent leukemia and lymphoma patients from developing graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) after therapeutic bone marrow transplants. The researchers describe the successful application of their strategy in mice in “Exogenous TNFR2 activation protects from acute GvHD via host T reg cell...

Stem-cell transplants can boost immune system of blood cancer patients

As he vomited into the toilet after one of his bi-weekly chemotherapy sessions, Keith Oliver’s mom turned to him and asked him if he was still thankful. He glanced up at her. Are you serious? he thought. After being diagnosed with blood cancer, it was moments like this —...

Scots woman flies 10,000 miles to Australia to give sister stem cell donation

A MUM has told how she took part in a nerve-racking race to the other side of the world – to give her sister the gift of life. Lorraine Hussain flew 10,000 miles from Scotland to Australia after learning she was the only viable stem cell match for Michelle...

RE-ENGINEERING STEM CELLS TO ERADICATE HIV IN LIFELONG SUFFERER

Aaron Kim has battled HIV since the moment he entered the world. Born three months premature in 1983, the second of twins, Aaron needed a blood transfusion to boost his red blood cell count. The nation’s blood supply wasn’t screened for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) then because little was...

Stem cell donor meets Cardiff cancer patient he saved

A man from Cardiff has met the German stranger who saved his life by donating stem cells. Lawrence Trace, 59, was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2005 and his only hope was a bone marrow transplant. There was only one suitable match on the worldwide register – 21-year-old Max...

Umbilical blood cells kill cancer quicker than adult cells

Immature but deadly. Immune cells in fetal blood are better at destroying leukaemia cells than adult cells, tests in mice suggest. The results are a surprise because fetal immune cells haven’t had the lifelong “training” that adult immune cells have had, yet they still seem to recognise and destroy...

Spain Will Try Eliminate HIV with Umbilical Cord Blood

Madrid, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Spanish medical institutions announced the beginning of a pioneering clinical test to eradicate the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) with a genetic mutation of blood from the umbilical cord, known as CCR5 Delta 32. According to the specialized publication Doctors and Patients, it is a...