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HLA–identical sibling HSCT leads to high rate of 5-year survival in sickle cell disease

HLA–identical sibling transplantation showed promising long-term survival for children and adults with sickle cell disease, according to an international retrospective study. “Sickle cell disease and transplant physicians alike debate the burden of morbidity from a chronic disease and mortality from the disease, vs. the curative option with transplantation and...

Toddler suffering from rare blood disorder gets boost as 50,000 stem cell donors sign up to save her

The family of a young girl who has a rare blood disorder say they are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support after more than 50,000 strangers signed up as stem cell donors. Three-year-old Ava Stark has a blood disorder called inherited bone marrow failure and needs a stem cell...

Lifeline for chronic sickle cell patients

Bahrain: Two chronic sickle cell disease patients in Bahrain could get a lifeline with their cases being assessed by a visiting expert for advanced treatment, it has emerged. More than 20 sickle cell patients benefited from the services of Dr Ayad Ahmed Hussein, a haematology and clinical immunology consultant...

Calgary’s ACH using stem cell procedure to cure sickle cell anemia

Researchers at the Alberta Children’s Hospital say they are making excellent progress with a revolutionary procedure that is curing children of sickle cell anemia. Officials say seven girls and two boys have been cured of the genetic blood disorder through the technique. The method involves first destroying the existing...

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Custom blood cells engineered by researchers

Researchers have successfully corrected a genetic error in stem cells from patients with sickle cell disease, and then used those cells to grow mature red blood cells, they report. The study represents an important step toward more effectively treating certain patients with sickle cell disease who need frequent blood...

Umbilical cord blood used to treat Sickle Cell Disease in the UK

A boy who received an umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant to treat his Sickle Cell disease is now cured. Kosi Okoli received in late 2010, cord blood stem cells in the hope of curing his disease for which he was receiving several blood transfusions a month for. For...

Umbilical cord blood used to treat Sickle Cell Disease in the UK

A boy who received an umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant to treat his Sickle Cell disease is now cured. Kosi Okoli received in late 2010, cord blood stem cells in the hope of curing his disease for which he was receiving several blood transfusions a month for. For...

Expectant grandparents - how to help safeguard your grandchild’s future health

Expectant grandparents – how to help safeguard your grandchild’s future health

Since we were born, technology has developed in an unbelievable way! Who would have thought twenty years ago that today a newborn baby’s umbilical cord blood might be saved as a sort of cellular insurance policy? When we were born the umbilical cord was just thrown away as useless....