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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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Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Work to Restore Immune System Balance in Early Study  

Although the origin of MS remains elusive, immune system attacks against myelin is a known hallmark of the disease. In MS patients, immune system cells called T-cells penetrate the brain and react against the myelin coating that protects and supports neurons. Essentially, the T-cells’ activity is  unregulated, something usually mediated by T regulatory cells (Tregs), and contributes to their abnormal […]

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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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Cord transplant saves baby boy

A 7-MONTH-OLD boy received an umbilical cord blood transplant for a rare genetic deficiency at a Shanghai hospital yesterday. Doctors said it was the first case in China to be treated this way. They said the boy suffered from leukocyte adhesion deficiency, a rare disorder which leads to low immunity and recurrent infections. He was […]

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Stem cells magnet discovery could help heal bones, say scientists

Tiny bundles of stem cells built in the laboratory using microscopic magnets could pave the way to revolutionary treatments for repairing bone, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. The technique, developed by British scientists, overcomes one of the main obstacles to unlocking the huge medical potential of mesenchymal stem cells. Naturally found in the bone marrow, the […]

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