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Australia first: cord blood research may unlock future treatments for cerebral palsy

Australia’s first clinical trial of stem cell infusion from cord blood as a possible treatment for cerebral palsy (CP) is commencing in Melbourne. The safety trial, led by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, will recruit patients nationally and take place at The Royal Children’s Hospital. Expected to take two years, the study is being funded […]

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Trends in treating tendonitis and tendon injuries

If you are an athlete, you will probably face tendonitis at some point during your playing days. If you’re a regular human being, you’ll most certainly face it. Common areas that are affected include the wrist, the elbow (tennis or golfer’s elbow), the shoulder (rotator cuff tendonitis), the hip, the knee (patellar tendonitis), the heel […]

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Stem cells for peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

A jab of stem cells could help prevent pain while walking, ulcers and the need for amputation in patients with furred-up arteries in the leg. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) — when the arteries carrying blood from the heart to the legs become narrowed due to a build-up of fatty deposits called plaque — affects 2.7 […]

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Umbilical cord blood improves motor skills in some children with cerebral palsy

The NHS defines cerebral palsy as: “a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and coordination, caused by a problem with the brain that occurs before, during or soon after birth.” Up until now, there has been no cure for cerebral palsy, but an exciting new study by leading stem cell scientists at Duke University, […]

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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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