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Could stem cells cure Parkinson’s disease?

Around one in 500 people are affected by Parkinson’s disease, which means there are an estimated 127,000 people in the UK with the condition. Most people with Parkinson’s start to develop symptoms when they are over 50, although one in 20 people with the condition first experience symptoms when...

Leukaemia and Cord Blood Transplantation

  Keegan’s story Keegan Doheney was just 2 years old when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. Fortunately, Keegan’s doctors were able to get the leukaemia into remission, but his parents knew that there was always a chance of a relapse. Keegan’s mum, Wendy, found out about cord blood banking...

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Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle Cell Disease Sickle cell disease is the name for a group of conditions that affect red blood cells. The most serious of these conditions is called sickle cell anaemia.Healthy red blood cells are disc shaped, but in sickle cell disease these cells have a crescent or “sickle” shape. Sickle...

Caroline Wyatt: MS ‘brain fog’ lifted after stem cell treatment

BBC journalist Caroline Wyatt has spoken of how the “brain fog began to lift” after she had pioneering treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS).   The former BBC defence correspondent was deemed unsuitable for an NHS trial and paid $60,000 (£48,000) for a stem cell transplant in Mexico in January....

NSW toddler reinfused with umbilical blood

A toddler from Sydney has become the youngest child in the world to receive her own umbilical cord blood in a study to prevent the onset of Type 1 diabetes. A Sydney toddler whose umbilical cord blood was stored to help treat her sister’s Type 1 diabetes has had...

Chicago Doctors use Stem Cells to cure Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease can cause debilitating fatigue, chronic pain, even death. But now what was once a life sentence may be no more. Doctors in Chicago say they are curing sickle cell disease in adults. The inherited illness affects about one in every 500 African Americans. Felita Sims, a...

8-month-old boy has lifesaving heart surgery in Oklahoma

This is a story of two siblings – two beating hearts – that need medical intervention by Oklahoma doctors using lifesaving blood. “He’s just full of joy,” said Christina DeShaw. And, you can see it in her 8-month-old son’s big bright eyes. However, Miles was still in the womb...

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Making medical history with a double umbilical cord blood transplant

It’s the first time it has ever been done in Nebraska. A 13-year-old’s double umbilical cord blood transplant at Nebraska Medicine is making history in our state. When you’re 13 and you have to spend 30 days in the hospital, you pass the time with a Nerf gun. Meet...

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A Loxton mother has registered her sons in a world-first Australian study that is hoping to prevent Type 1 diabetes in children

Chloe Docking developed Type 1 diabetes at the age of just eight and has endured a lifetime of insulin injections. Now aged 30, she wants to protect her young sons – Jaxon, 4, and Izzak, 2 – from the same fate. “Because I have it, there’s a chance they...

What is Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD)?

Graft versus host disease (GVHD) is a complication that can develop after a person has had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. In the disease, the host body comes under attack from the donated cells. Bone marrow and stem cell transplants involve the patient having high doses of...