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Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle Cell Disease Sickle cell disease is the name for a group of conditions that affect red blood cells. The most serious of these conditions is called sickle cell anaemia.Healthy red blood cells are disc shaped, but in sickle cell disease these cells have a crescent or “sickle” shape. Sickle...

Bone marrow cells show promise in degenerative, ischemic retinal diseases

Pilot study suggests a role for autologous intravitreal CD34+ cells. The safety and feasibility of intravitreal autologous CD34+ bone marrow cells as a potential therapy for retinal disease were evaluated in a pilot study. Preliminary findings demonstrated the treatment was feasible and researchers intend to pursue a larger, prospective...

Matching donor found for Langley father-of-two with blood cancer

The family of a man from Langley who desperately needed a matching blood cell donor have spoken out about their joy of a donor being found. Raj Bhuller, from Langley, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, a form of blood cancer, on Christmas Eve and has remained at Wexham...

Trial of new stem cell therapy for dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) gives promising results

Promising results from a trial of a new stem-cell based therapy for a rare and debilitating skin condition, recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), have been published. RDEB is a painful skin disease in which very minor skin injury leads to blisters and poorly healing wounds. About 1,000 people in...

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Stem Cell therapy with drugs rekindles new hope to Diabetes 2 treatment

Canada-based University of British Columbia scientists have shown for the first time that Type 2 diabetes can be tackled with a combination of specially-cultured stems cells and conventional diabetes drugs. The scientists have used stem cells to reverse the type 1 diabetes in mice and hope to apply similar...

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Custom blood cells engineered by researchers

Researchers have successfully corrected a genetic error in stem cells from patients with sickle cell disease, and then used those cells to grow mature red blood cells, they report. The study represents an important step toward more effectively treating certain patients with sickle cell disease who need frequent blood...

War on leukaemia: How battle for cell production could be decisive

A key step in understanding the nature of the fight for superiority between mutated genes and normal genes could lead to new therapies to combat leukaemia, say researchers at Birmingham and Newcastle University. The study investigated Acute Myeloid Leukaemia to understand why leukemic cells are not able to develop...