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Double stem-cell transplant improves outcomes for children with neuroblastoma

In this 2016 press release, the American Society of Clinical Oncology shared the findings of a study of 652 children with high-risk neuroblastoma who were treated with double and single autologous haematopoetic stem cell (HSC)  transplants (stem cells from their own bone marrow). The most significant was that at 3 years, 61.4% of patients who […]

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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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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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First corneal stem cell transplant conducted in Ireland

On Tuesday 7th June 2016, the first Limbal Stem Cell transplant in Ireland was performed by Mr. William Power, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) in Dublin.   While this technique has been available in a number of other countries, until now this was not a treatment option available in Ireland. […]

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Stroke Survivors Walk Again After Stem Cells Infusion

Stroke survivors who believed they would be paralysed or need a wheelchair for the rest of their lives are walking and moving again following a ground-breaking stem cell treatment. 18 patients who agreed to allow doctors to drill a hole in their skull and inject stem cells into the damaged part of their brain have […]

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Umbilical stem cell transplant for adult leukaemia

A MOTHER battling leukaemia is to undergo a stem cell transplant despite a worldwide search failing to find a perfect bone marrow match. Vanessa Myers, from Leeds, desperately needs the transplant to save her life and though doctors have been checking globally, no compatible donor has been found. The mum-of-one is now to have the […]

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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-cell transplants can boost immune system of blood cancer patients

As he vomited into the toilet after one of his bi-weekly chemotherapy sessions, Keith Oliver’s mom turned to him and asked him if he was still thankful. He glanced up at her. Are you serious? he thought. After being diagnosed with blood cancer, it was moments like this — when he was tired of being […]

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Researchers generate human heart grafts from human pluripotent stem cells

Scientists from the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), in collaboration with the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón in Spain and two other groups in the USA, have made a big leap in heart regeneration advances by achieving heart grafts from human pluripotent stem cells for the first time in less than one month. The […]

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