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New Molecule allows for up to 10-fold increase in stem cell transplants

A new molecule, the first of its kind, allows for the multiplication of stem cells in a unit of cord blood. Umbilical cord stem cells are used for transplants aimed at curing a number of blood-related diseases, including leukaemia, myeloma and lymphoma. For many patients this therapy comprises a treatment of last resort. Directed by […]

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Stem-cell therapy shows promise in orthopedic treatment

Three San Antonio doctors are bringing the science of stem-cell therapy treatments to orthopedic injuries, a burgeoning field that caters to patients seeking to have joints or tendons rebuilt without undergoing surgery. The physicians at The Stem Cell Orthopedic Institute of Texas — a recently created division of the long-standing South Texas Spinal Clinic — […]

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Canada Establishes Facility Focused on Stem Cell Research

Mere days ago in January 13, the Prime Minister announced the establishment of a new committee geared towards stem cell research dubbed as the Center for Advanced Therapeutic Cell Technologies. The government has pledged to put $20 million to set up the new organization which is expected to be headquartered in downtown Toronto. The news […]

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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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