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Stem cell injection could offer alternative to hip replacement

A pioneering stem cell treatment could avoid thousands of hip replacements – by helping patients ‘regrow’ damaged bone. Five NHS hospitals will trial the jabs, which doctors claim can regenerate damaged tissue after just one injection.  A leading specialist says it has the potential to be ‘life-changing’ for those with bone disease avascular necrosis (AVN). […]

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Surgeons lead way to fix knee damage

PIONEERING surgeons at Basildon Hospital are carrying out groundbreaking operations to repair injured knees. Two patients have now undergone the procedure, which uses stem cell bone marrow to regenerate damaged cartilage – the tough, rubbery substance between the shinbone and thighbone which acts as a shock absorber. The operation, which is most successful on younger […]

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Britain’s role in the stem cell revolution

We are only just beginning to understand the extraordinary benefits that stem cell technology may bring to medicine and the improvement of human health. But it seems clear that organ transplant will be one field that will be revolutionised by this development – and sooner, we hope, rather than later. True, since the first astonishing breakthrough in […]

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Stem cell researcher Phan Toan Thang: Birthing new skin with umbilical cord stem cells

Wounds may cause some to look away, but stem cell researcher Phan Toan Thang sees “magic” in them. “I like wounds. I see the wound healing. It’s something amazing,” he said. The chief scientist’s passion for healing wounds led him to discover a way to create skin cells quickly and in large quantities by using […]

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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 cord—about 100 milliliters on average, or […]

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Brain tumours and stem cell therapy

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer Wear a Hat Day, organised by the charity, Brain Tumour Research is entering its 8th year on a high. In Parliament, MPs including Jeremy Corbyn, Amber Rudd and Iain Duncan Smith have worn charity badges and in a question to […]

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Listen to mother: time to change NHS practice on umbilical cord-cutting

A recent article published in the Guardian raises the issue of early clamping and how the National Childbirth Trust,The Royal College of Midwives and the World Health Organisation as does The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists all think that the cord should be left for 2-5 minutes before clamping (unless the mother is at risk). […]

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Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise for MS Patients

A preliminary Northwestern Medicine study suggests that nonmyeloablative hematopoietic stem cell transplantation may reverse disability and improve quality of life for patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is an immune-mediated disorder of the central nervous system often arising in young adulthood. It damages the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing symptoms […]

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New stem cell delivery method for end stage heart failure

A new clinical trial to test how a high dose of stem cells delivered via a method called “retrograde coronary sinus infusion” affects end stage heart failure patients is showing promising results. The method involves giving the cells backwards (retrograde) through the heart through the main vein (the coronary sinus). “We performed this technique because […]

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