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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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Stem cell transplants may induce long-term remission of multiple sclerosis

New clinical trial results provide evidence that high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by transplantation of a person’s own blood-forming stem cells can induce sustained remission of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system.   Five years after receiving the treatment, called high-dose immunosuppressive therapy and autologous […]

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First-of-its-kind Study Explores if Stem Cells Might Lessen Inflammation in CF Patients

An Ohio cystic fibrosis (CF) patient was given an infusion of adult stem cells in a pioneering study that researchers hope will lead to therapies that reduce inflammation and infections linked to the disease.   “I am hoping the future generations of CF patients can get better treatments and that eventually a cure will be […]

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Cord blood banking matters to me: Chemmy Alcott

During her adrenaline-fuelled career as a champion Alpine skier, Chemmy Alcott endured a few bumps and knocks. So when her first child, Locki, arrived last month, the former Olympic competitor wanted to be sure he would be ready for anything life throws at him. For she has revealed she has chosen to store blood from […]

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Cord blood stem cells for congenital heart conditions

This is a story of two siblings – two beating hearts – that need medical intervention by Oklahoma doctors using lifesaving blood. “He’s just full of joy,” said Christina DeShaw. And, you can see it in her 8-month-old son’s big bright eyes. However, Miles was still in the womb when his family realized he suffered […]

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Scleroderma and stem cells – Transplantation found to “significantly improve outcomes”

What is Scleroderma? Scleroderma, which means “hard skin” is an uncommon condition that tissue to become hard and thick. Usually affecting the skin on the limbs and body, scleroderma can also cause swelling in joints, muscles and internal organs and is potentially fatal. Doctors believe scleroderma is caused by the immune system attacking the connective tissue under […]

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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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Brain damaged boy shows ‘remarkable’ improvement after experimental stem cell procedure

When he was born at Mount Sinai Hospital, Jack was not breathing. Doctors whisked him away from his mother and started efforts to resuscitate him. They managed to save his life but soon had to deliver some bad news to his parents, Stephen Pankratz and Kim Kucher. Their son had Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), brain […]

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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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