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Stem cell injection could offer alternative to hip replacement

A pioneering stem cell treatment could avoid thousands of hip replacements – by helping patients ‘regrow’ damaged bone. Five NHS hospitals will trial the jabs, which doctors claim can regenerate damaged tissue after just one injection.  A leading specialist says it has the potential to be ‘life-changing’ for those with bone disease avascular necrosis (AVN). […]

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Spanish hospital uses stem cells to fix heart attack damage

For the first time in medical history, a hospital in Madrid has successfully treated seven patients who recently suffered heart attacks by using stem cells from donors, according to the hospital’s statement. “Seven patients have already been operated on and they have progressed very well despite having suffered serious damage to their heart tissue,” the […]

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An interview with the founder of the Prenatal Classroom

We’ve been working closely with Dr Anastasia Alcock who founded the Prenatal Classroom to provide comprehensive, evidence-based information and support for pregnant women. Here are her views on the challenges facing first-time mums, growing a business and why awareness of cord blood should be higher. 1. Anastasia, what sparked your idea to set up the […]

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Stem Cell Transplants Offer First-Ever MS Treatment That Reverses Disability

Only 2 years after getting a stem cell transplant, half of volunteers showed improvement in their disability scores — a first for any MS therapy. Dr. Richard K. Burt performed the first hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) for a multiple sclerosis (MS) patient in the United States at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Now Burt, Chief […]

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University of Miami explores how stem cells can help burns victims

A pair of University of Miami doctors are conducting the research, funded by the Department of Defence, to develop new therapies using donor stem cells to restore tissue and reduce long-term scarring from burns. The treatment, if successful, could revolutionise burn care by decreasing the need for reconstructive skin graft surgery. “This is exciting stuff […]

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Update on MS patients – 3 years after stem cell transplant

Three years after a small number of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) were treated with high-dose immunosuppressive therapy (HDIT) and then transplanted with their own hematopoietic stem cells, most of the patients sustained remission of active relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) and had improvements in neurological function, according to a study published online by JAMA Neurology. MS […]

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Stem cell therapies for vision recovery

Mount Sinai Researchers Awarded $1 Million Grant to Find New Stem Cell Therapies for Vision Recovery The National Eye Institute (NEI), a division of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai a five-year grant that will support an effort to re-create a patient’s ocular stem […]

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Why volume reduced cord blood is “the industry standard”

As the most highly accredited private cord blood bank in the UK, we’ve long argued why we volume reduce cord blood rather than storing whole blood which is also on offer if you choose to bank umbilical cord blood.  We know that this choice can be confusing for parents – especially when private cord blood banks offering each service […]

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Stem cell banking now on offer to expectant NHS parents

Expectant parents at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth will be able to choose to bank umbilical cord blood stem cells thanks to a groundbreaking new partnership. Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has partnered with Biovault Family to give expectant parents the choice of paying to bank cord blood, which could be used in the future to treat […]

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