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Britain’s role in the stem cell revolution

We are only just beginning to understand the extraordinary benefits that stem cell technology may bring to medicine and the improvement of human health. But it seems clear that organ transplant will be one field that will be revolutionised by this development – and sooner, we hope, rather than later. True, since the first astonishing breakthrough in […]

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Ottawa researchers use stem cells to treat septic shock

In helping an eastern Ontario man recover from a near-fatal infection, researchers at The Ottawa Hospital say they have conducted the world’s first clinical trial using stem cells to treat septic shock. Charles Berniqué from Hawkesbury developed an infection last June after his esophagus burst, possibly due to a severe case of food poisoning, according to […]

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Global Stem Cells Group Plans Bone Marrow Clinical Trials For Knee Osteoarthritis

Pending Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, Global Stem Cells Group, Inc. has announced plans to conduct a multi-centre, placebo controlled clinical trial to measure the safety and effectiveness of the intra-articular application of freshly isolated bone marrow stem cells for the treatment of osteoarthritis. The clinical trials, which will begin July 1, 2016 and run for one […]

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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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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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Australia first: cord blood research may unlock future treatments for cerebral palsy

Australia’s first clinical trial of stem cell infusion from cord blood as a possible treatment for cerebral palsy (CP) is commencing in Melbourne. The safety trial, led by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, will recruit patients nationally and take place at The Royal Children’s Hospital. Expected to take two years, the study is being funded […]

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Mum with MS hoping Moscow will be ‘light at end of tunnel’

A mum whose life was turned upside down four years ago when she was diagnosed with MS is hoping a new treatment could give her old life back. Zoe Derrick has described the possibility of getting a treatment that works as a “light at the end of the tunnel”, but she needs to raise at […]

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Umbilical blood cells kill cancer quicker than adult stem cells

Immature but deadly. Immune cells in fetal blood are better at destroying leukaemia cells than adult stem cells, tests in mice suggest. The results are a surprise because foetal immune cells haven’t had the lifelong “training” that adult immune cells have had, yet they still seem to recognise and destroy abnormal cells. People with blood […]

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Canada Establishes Facility Focused on Stem Cell Research

Mere days ago in January 13, the Prime Minister announced the establishment of a new committee geared towards stem cell research dubbed as the Center for Advanced Therapeutic Cell Technologies. The government has pledged to put $20 million to set up the new organization which is expected to be headquartered in downtown Toronto. The news […]

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