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Researchers generate human heart grafts from human pluripotent stem cells

Scientists from the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), in collaboration with the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón in Spain and two other groups in the USA, have made a big leap in heart regeneration advances by achieving heart grafts from human pluripotent stem cells for the first time in less than one month. The […]

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UC Berkeley research spurs hope for those with bone deformities

Creating hope for those with bone deformities, UC Berkeley professor Michael Rape and his laboratory team discovered a link between stem cell and calcium development in bone formation and growth in findings published Thursday in the journal Cell. With help from Nobel Prize-winning UC Berkeley professor Randy Schekman’s lab, Rape found the protein interaction that changes stem cells […]

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Neutropenia

This study could be life-changing for cancer survivors. Cord blood stem cells have now been shown to reduce neutropenia after chemotherapy, lowering the risk of infection in patients receiving chemo. WHAT IS NEUTROPENIA? Sufferers of neutropenia have low levels of neutrophils. These are a type of white blood cell that fights infection by destroying harmful […]

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10 Essentials for Cord Blood Banking

How can we expect parents to trust cord blood banking if banks care for stem cells so poorly that they cannot be used for treatment? Earlier this year, Joanne Kurtzberg, a pioneer of cord blood banking and one of the world’s most respected specialists in umbilical stem cell therapy, made a statement to the directors […]

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Stem cell banking now on offer to expectant NHS parents

Expectant parents at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth will be able to choose to bank umbilical cord blood stem cells thanks to a groundbreaking new partnership. Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has partnered with Biovault Family to give expectant parents the choice of paying to bank cord blood, which could be used in the future to treat […]

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Trial of new stem cell therapy for dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) gives promising results

Promising results from a trial of a new stem-cell based therapy for a rare and debilitating skin condition, recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), have been published. RDEB is a painful skin disease in which very minor skin injury leads to blisters and poorly healing wounds. About 1,000 people in the UK live with RDEB. The […]

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Mum with MS hoping Moscow will be ‘light at end of tunnel’

A mum whose life was turned upside down four years ago when she was diagnosed with MS is hoping a new treatment could give her old life back. Zoe Derrick has described the possibility of getting a treatment that works as a “light at the end of the tunnel”, but she needs to raise at […]

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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 — when he was tired of being […]

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Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Work to Restore Immune System Balance in Early Study  

Although the origin of MS remains elusive, immune system attacks against myelin is a known hallmark of the disease. In MS patients, immune system cells called T-cells penetrate the brain and react against the myelin coating that protects and supports neurons. Essentially, the T-cells’ activity is  unregulated, something usually mediated by T regulatory cells (Tregs), and contributes to their abnormal […]

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