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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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Gene, stem cell therapies may have far-reaching implications for coronary artery grafts

A Creighton University researcher has received a National Institutes of Health grant to study the effects of gene and stem cell therapy in coronary artery bypass grafts, a first-of-its-kind undertaking that could transform the procedure, increase survival rates and dramatically reduce the possibility of re-occlusion of the grafted arteries and veins in the procedure. Devendra […]

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Is a cure for Parkinson’s in sight? First ever human stem cell trials to replace those damaged by the disease

A cure for Parkinson’s disease could be on the horizon after a research team was given permission to start the first ever human stem-cell trials. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that destroys the brain cells producing the chemical messenger dopamine, in the part of the brain that controls movement. Scientists have so far struggled […]

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New way of growing blood vessels could boost regenerative medicine

Growing tissues and organs in the lab for transplantation into patients could become easier after scientists discovered an effective way to produce three-dimensional networks of blood vessels, vital for tissue survival yet a current stumbling block in regenerative medicine. In addition the technique to grow the blood vessels in a 3D scaffold cuts down on […]

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