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First Ever Cord Blood Transplant: 30 Year Celebration

Cord Blood Connect 2018 provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the world’s first cord blood stem cell transplant. Everyone involved, including Matthew Farrow himself who was 5 years old at the time, came together in Miami to share the latest advances in cord blood transplantation. President of the Cord Blood Association, […]

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Update on MS patients – 3 years after stem cell transplant

Three years after a small number of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) were treated with high-dose immunosuppressive therapy (HDIT) and then transplanted with their own hematopoietic stem cells, most of the patients sustained remission of active relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) and had improvements in neurological function, according to a study published online by JAMA Neurology. MS […]

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Recovery of sensory function by stem cell transplants

New research from Uppsala University shows promising progress in the use of stem cells for treatment of spinal cord injury. The results, which are published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports, show that human stem cells that are transplanted to the injured spinal cord contribute to restoration of some sensory functions. To read more click […]

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Scientists grow working heart muscle from stem cells in major medical step forward

Researchers have taken a huge step towards regrowing organs by successfully creating functional heart tissue out of adult stem cells. The breakthrough could mean that repairs to damaged hearts could be performed with a patient’s own cells. That reduces the need to find a matching donor and also reduces chances that the body will reject […]

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Stem cell therapy gives hope to MS patients

A radical and risky stem cell therapy has been shown to halt and even reverse some of the symptoms of those worst affected by multiple sclerosis, a disease that in many people has proved untreatable. Doctors in Canada conducted an experimental stem cell transplant with 24 patients who were expected to be confined to a wheelchair […]

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UK first for woman, 29, who will undergo a pioneering stem cell transplant to save her life after two failed liver donations

A woman who is awaiting her third liver transplant in five years is set to undergo a pioneering stem cell transplant to save her life. Alex Keel, 29, from Cheltenham, suffers from a deadly liver condition which can often be cured through a transplant. But two donor organs have proved unsuccessful and doctors have said […]

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2019 Reasons to Bank on Cord Blood

2019 reasons to bank cord blood? That may sound like a lot, but it’s really very few. Over 40,000 umbilical cord blood stem cell treatments have now been performed worldwide. That means that 40,000 people, the majority of them children, have had their lives saved or enhanced by something that we routinely throw in the bin: […]

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Doctors Lobby for Cord Blood Education to be Legally Required

Cord blood Education has been a legal requirement in some parts of the USA for a decade. As doctors push for increased awareness, we ask: Why is the UK being left behind? Cord Blood Education in the United States Medical experts are lobbying Washington to make sure that pregnant women in other states know that […]

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Stem Cell Transplants Offer First-Ever MS Treatment That Reverses Disability

Only 2 years after getting a stem cell transplant, half of volunteers showed improvement in their disability scores — a first for any MS therapy. Dr. Richard K. Burt performed the first hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) for a multiple sclerosis (MS) patient in the United States at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Now Burt, Chief […]

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