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Blood cancer made visible by London installation

Make Blood Cancer Visible is an installation by Paul Cocksedge that gathers 104 three-dimensional letterform sculptures forming a typographic forest of names. The installation represents the 104 individuals that are diagnosed with blood cancer every day,1 raising awareness and shining a light on their experiences by exposing their individual stories....

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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...

Stem cell transformation provides insight into osteoporosis

Watching how stem cells transform can provide clues for fighting osteoporosis in older women, according to a study released by the University of Missouri. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by a substantial weakening of the bone. Bones in this condition have larger holes and spaces than usual. The disease...

Mother uncovers lasting impact of baby son’s organ donation

WASHINGTON (AP) — An ultrasound showed one of Sarah Gray’s unborn twins was missing part of his brain, a fatal birth defect. His brother was born healthy but Thomas lived just six days. Latching onto hope for something positive to come from heartache, Gray donated some of Thomas’ tissue...

Stem cells grow heart tissue in breakthrough research

In a research laboratory at Brisbane’s Prince Charles Hospital on Tuesday morning journalists were able to see beating human heart tissue cells that had been grown from stem cells. In the future, patients suffering heart attacks, strokes, or other types of heart disease will receive new heart cells grown from stem...

Fat stem cells can lower risk of diabetes in healthy obese individuals

Obesity is responsible for the deaths of over three million people a year worldwide due to its associated diseases such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, a subset of obese individuals seems to be protected from such diseases. Understanding the underlying protective mechanisms in the lower risk individuals...

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....

Cord Blood Transplants Beneficial When Matched Donors Cannot Be Found

The majority of patients in need of allogeneic hematopoietic cell-transplants do not have HLA-matched donors available. Researchers recently performed a retrospective study including 582 patients with acute myeloid or lymphoid leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome in need of hematopoietic cell-transplants. HLA-matched unrelated donors were found for 344 patients; 98 patients...

Scientists drill holes in a patient’s skull and inject stem cells into his brain to treat Parkinson’s disease – but will have to wait for a year to see if it works

World first trial could transform the treatment of Parkinson’s disease Stem cells were injected into the patient’s brainin the five hour operation A Victorian man, 64, was the first patient to undergo the procedure The delicate operation performed at Royal Melbourne Hospital Around 10 million people worldwide have the debilitating disease...