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Choosing the right stem cell bank for your family is rarely a quick decision. But when you review the facts, you may find it much easier than you expected.
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Top 10 Things You Should Know
When Considering Cord Blood Banking

1.      The collection of cord blood can only take place at the time of delivery, and advanced arrangements must be made.

Cord blood is collected from the umbilical cord immediately after a baby’s birth, but generally before the placenta has been delivered. The moment of delivery is the only opportunity to harvest a newborn’s stem cells.

2.      There is no risk and no pain for the mother or the baby.

The cord blood is taken from the cord once it has been clamped and cut.  Collection is safe for both vaginal and cesarean deliveries.
 
3.      The body often accepts cord blood stem cells better than those from bone marrow.

Cord blood stem cells have a high rate of engraftment, are more tolerant of HLA mismatches, result in a reduced rate of graft-versus-host disease, and are rarely contaminated with latent viruses.

4.      Banked cord blood is readily accessible, and there when you need it.

Matched stem cells, which are necessary for transplant, are difficult to obtain due to strict matching requirements. If your child’s cord blood is banked, no time is wasted in the search and matching process required when a transplant is needed.
 
5.      Cells taken from your newborn are collected just once, and last for his or her lifetime.

For example, in the event your child contracts a disease, which must be treated with chemotherapy or radiation, there is a probability of a negative impact on the immune system. While an autologous (self) transplant may not be appropriate for every disease, there could be a benefit in using the preserved stem cells to bolster and repopulate your child’s blood and immune system as a result of complications from other treatments.

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What is a Stem Cell?

A stem cell is a remarkable cell, as it has the amazing ability to change into a variety of different cell types in the body such as heart muscle cells, brain cells, and skin cells. Stem cells, which are often referred to as one of the body's "master cells," can grow into any one of the body's more than 200 cell types. Stem cells assist the body in maintaining, renewing and repairing tissue and cells damaged by disease, injury and everyday life. If you think about it, stem cells act as the internal repair system for the body. Keep reading

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Stem Cell Transplant May Be Near for Shawnee Girl
1/20/2009
Tallie Anderson, 11, of Shawnee Oklahoma has spend much of the past two years of her life at the OU Medical Center since being diagnosed with aplastic anemia almost two years ago. In need of a bone marrow transplant, Tallie had not been able to find a match with a bone marrow donor quickly, which is a problem for many people of American Indian descent, like her. From this obstacle Tallie and the Oklahoma Blood Institute launched a public awareness campaign to make people aware of the need for American Indian marrow donors. Hundreds of Oklahomans responded to assist. However, Tallie’s match finally came in November but in the form of a donated umbilical cord. The 11 year old is now awaiting a stem cell transplant from the stem cell rich cord blood.
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Stem Cell Hope for Blind Toddler
1/29/2009
The family of a toddler who was born blind are hoping a course of cutting-edge stem cell therapy in China could let some light into his life. Sixteen-month-old Joshua Clark, from Caernarfon, Gwynedd, was born with optic nerve hypoplasia and his parents were told no treatment was available. Joanna and Anthony Clark found the Chinese stem cell therapy option after doing research via the internet. The family will fly to China at the end of April and will spend five weeks accompanied by various relatives at different times while Joshua undergoes treatment with umbilical cord stem cells.
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Stem Cells Give Leukemia Patient a Second Chance
1/14/2009
Melbourn resident Grahm Barnell took the chance of his life and travelled to Seattle to become the eighth person in the world to undergo a pioneering stem cell transplant technique that uses stem cells grown in a laboratory from a donated umbilical cord to regenerate bone marrow. After a two-year odyssey through the darkest ravages of the rare and deadly form of myeloid leukemia, Mr Barnell is apparently cured, thanks to a revolutionary stem cell procedure only now emerging in the US
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Young Leukemia Patient Cancer-Free After Receiving Stem Cells From ...
1/12/2009
A two-year-old child from Florida is free of signs of juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, a rare form of pediatric leukemia, after receiving a stem cell trasplant from umbilical cord blood. Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia generally affects children under the age of five and comprises less than 1 percent of infant leukemias. Adolfo Gonzalez was diagnosed with JMML when he was 13 months old. "Adolfo Gonzalez would most likely not be alive today if it weren't for the cord blood transplant," Dr. Gary Kleiner, a pediatric immunologist at the University of Miami School of Medicine, said in a statement. "The mother who donated her cord blood to the public cord blood bank at New York's National Cord Blood Program basically saved his life."
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ALS Patient Travels to Mexico for Stem Cell Treatment
12/27/2008
So far, Lou Gehrig’s disease has not stopped Kerry Alvarado from trying to enjoy life. However, the 52-year-old ALS patient has decided to take one more step in her quest to beat the disease she has been forced to live with. Kerry has been travelling to Mexico to undergo stem cell treatment. Doctors and stem cell researchers are hoping they can successfully transform umbilical cord blood stem cells into healthy spinal cord cells and neural cells that will replace damaged cells throughout Kerry’s body. The stem cell transplant in Mexico will ultimately allow Kerry and her family to enjoy the rest of her life.
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Child’s Stem Cell Recovery Deemed “A Miracle”

December 26, 2008
For the first years of his life, Adolfo Gonzalez suffered greatly as a result of a rare form of childhood cancer. After receiving two trial stem cell treatment procedures, there are no more leukemia cells in Adolfo’s body, and he can finally live a normal life. The stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood successfully grew in Adolfo’s own bone marrow and replaced all cancerous white blood cells. Doctors are calling the boy’s recovery “a miracle”, all thanks to umbilical cord blood stem cells.
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Legally Blind Child Undergoes Stem Cell Transplant in China
12/26/2008
Xavier Carballo, a five-year-old boy diagnosed with optic nerve hypoplasia at the age of two, can finally read printed books. For the first part of his life, Xavier was legally blind. After receiving a series of stem cell transplants in China, he can now see. Xavier has undergone six successful umbilical cord blood transfusions, his parents say they noticed improvements following the very first stem cell treatment session. Xavier’s doctors in China recently commented that the umbilical cord blood transplants have led to “definite and measurable improvements”, and the boy’s health will continue to improve for months following the treatments.
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Mother and Daughter Travel to Thailand for Stem Cell Transplantation
12/26/2008
For the majority of her young life, Bailey Walker has suffered from optic nerve hypoplasia, a disorder that has left her legally blind. To treat this congenital condition, Bailey’s parents have decided to take her to Thailand to undergo a stem cell treatment that will hopefully allow her to see. Next May, Bailey will receive a month-long series of umbilical cord blood transplants that will replace damaged cells in her spinal cord. Bailey’s parents show no hesitation or qualms about making the trip to Thailand, as the promise of this procedure gives them hope for a normal life for their beautiful daughter.
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Stem Cell Transplant in China Gives Hope to 21-Month Old
12/22/2008
After undergoing an umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant in China, 21-month old Luke Pickett is happily back with his family in the United States. The stem cells were injected into Luke’s spinal cord in an effort to combat spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Thanks to the donated umbilical cord blood, Luke’s family has noticed dramatic changes in his gross motor skills since his return from China. Doctors and researchers hope that stem cell transplants can be used to treat cerebral palsy in the United States in the near future.
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Four-year Old Receives Life Saving Stem Cell Treatment
12/14/2008
Brandon Meike, a four-year old boy suffering from spinal muscular atrophy, can now stand with his feet flat on the floor thanks to a recent stem cell treatment. Brandon and his family travelled all the way to China to receive a series of four stem cell injections and extensive physical therapy, the combination of which has opened doors for stem cell research and treatments in the United States. Brandon’s stem cell injections were taken from umbilical cord blood, and as a result, the four-year old is experiencing incredible and lasting improvements.
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First Transplant of A Whole Organ Grown from Patient's Own Cells
12/10/2008
Daily Mail - UK Last week she was revealed to the world as the first person to receive a whole transplant organ grown from her own stem cells. ...
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3-Year Old Seeks Stem Cell Transplantation to Cure Rare Skin Disorder
12/7/2008
For Payton Thorton, childhood has been a very different experience from what most children live through at that age. Payton was born with recessive dystrophic EB, a disease that affects 2 of every one million births, and as a result, Payton lacks a critical protein that would enable his skin to effectively stick together. In 2007, Payton underwent a stem cell transplantation that consisted of inserting bone marrow and umbilical cord blood collected from his brother. After this treatment, Payton’s body began producing the missing protein.
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New Zealand Twin Receives Revolutionary Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation
12/3/2008
Maia Friedlander, a four-year old born in Auckland, New Zealand, was the first New Zealander to receive an umbilical cord blood experimental treatment in the United States that would combat brain damage she has as a result of being born prematurely. Upon Maia’s birth, her parents chose to bank her cord blood. This cord blood was later used at Duke University in Maia’s stem cell transplantation. As a result of the umbilical cord blood stem cell procedure, Maia’s concentration and coordination have greatly improved, giving her a real chance to enjoy her childhood.
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Top 5 Things to Look for in a Cord Blood Bank

 
1.      Longevity & Financial Stability – Look for a publicly traded company that is stable and has been in business for a while. You’ll want to make sure to choose a company that will still be there when you need it.

2.      Track Record of Successful Transplants – You can verify a company’s reputability by confirming that successful transplants have been made in the company’s history.

3.      Expense – While it’s hard to place a value on your newborn’s stem cells, expenditures are something we all must consider in this economy. Look for a firm that offers financing and all-inclusive rates.

4.      Accreditation – Cord blood banking is regulated by the FDA. Choose a company that is FDA registered, licensed where required, and accredited by an outside organization.

5.      Industry Leadership – If a firm has a high number of existing clients, a proven track record, and a strong reputation in the industry, you can bet they’re the right choice.

Selecting a bank to store your family’s cord blood is an important decision. Do your research, and find a cord blood bank you can trust with your newborn’s stem cells.

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Enhanced cord blood stem cell transplants safe in long-term studies

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An innovative experimental treatment for boosting the effectiveness of stem-cell transplants with umbilical cord blood has a favorable safety profile in long-term animal studies, report scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Children's Hospital Boston (CHB).

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Cryo-Cell Featured in Forbes

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A four-year-old girl has become the first patient in Spain to recover from brain cancer after being treated with stem cells from her own umbilical cord blood.

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Duke gets $10.2 M grant for stem cell research center

4/8/2011

DURHAM, NC – Duke University has received a $10.2 million grant from the Robertson Foundation to create a Translational Cell Therapy Center.

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Cord Blood Breakthroughs

4/8/2011

DURHAM, N.C. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- It's already helping cancer patients and those suffering from blood disorders. Now, doctors are using umbilical cord blood to tackle a whole new set of incurable conditions. From brain damage to diabetes, cord blood is giving kids a better life.

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Fred Hutchison breakthrough uses umbilical cord blood

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Cryo-Cell Announces the publication of a collective paper outlining the potential benefits of transplanting stem cells derived from umbilical cord and menstrual blood cells.

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Hans Keirstead, a researcher at University of California, Irvine, is set to begin a small human trial of his embryonic stem cell treatment on patients with spinal cord injuries. The treatment is designed for patients within 14 days of suffering spinal cord injuries. In rat trials, paralyzed rats were injected with a stem cell formula. The paralyzed rats were able to walk six weeks later.

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PALO ALTO, Calif., April 21, 2010 – StemCells, Inc. (NASDAQ: STEM) announced today that it has submitted a protocol to the FDA for initiation of a second clinical trial of its proprietary HuCNS-SC® human neural stem cells in neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL), which is also often referred to as Batten disease.

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Global Hospitals expects to start treating patients with type 1 diabetes by June 2010

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Scientists confirm that studies add to the potential uses for cord blood stem cells

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Bill Would Educate Parents on Umbilical Cord Blood

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“Informed Choice” legislation would require doctors to give expectant parents information about collecting and banking cord blood stem cells

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Cardiologist is using stem cell therapy sees “extraordinary” results

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Family Research Council shares stories of successful stem cell transplant patients

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Phase II clinical study involving stem cell treatment for cardiovascular disease is underway

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Renowned Scientists in Collaboration to Research and Develop Induced Pluripotent Stem (IPS) Cells for Cardiac Therapies

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National Heart Lung and Blood Institute funds multi-year, multimillion dollar project to focus on stem and progenitor cell tools and treatments

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California Stem Cell Agency Awards $230 Million Research Grants

10/29/2009

Funding will support stem cell research into treating cancer, diabetes and a host of other devastating diseases that scientists hope will be ready to test in human subjects in the next four years.

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UCLA Stem Cell Scientists Receive $49.2 Million to Develop New Therapies for Disease

10/28/2009

California Institute for Regenerative Medicine awards grants to fast-track development of stem cell-based treatments for diseases including sickle cell disease, HIV/AIDS and brain, ovarian and colorectal cancers.

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Professional Soccer Player’s Wife in Remission after Cord Blood Stem Cell Treatment for Leukemia

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Updated NCCN Guidelines for Treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia Include Cord Blood Stem Cells

10/19/2009

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) announced updates to the Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology(TM) for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) to include cord blood as an official stem cell treatment option.

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Cryo-Cell Continues Global Expansion with C'elle Technology License Agreement in Brazil

10/16/2009

Cryo-Cell International expands relationship with Cryopraxis Cryobiology, Ltd.

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John Daly After Stem Cell Treatment - “Miraculous Recovery”

10/14/2009

The PGA of Australia reports in a statement that, “thanks to a miraculous recovery, American crowd favorite and dual Major winner John Daly will return to Australia in December to play the 2009 Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship…”

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Cryo-Cell and S-Evans Biosciences Expand Strategic Partnership and Research Collaboration Initiatives for Menstrual Blood Stem Cell Technology

10/5/2009

Agreement Includes Preclinical Research Study for Type 1 Diabetes

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Umbilical Cord Blood Reprogrammed to Function Like Embryonic Stem Cells

10/1/2009

Stem cells from cord blood also more readily and quickly reprogrammed than other adult cells

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Children’s Hospital of Colorado Participating in Trial Using Therapy Derived from Cord Blood Stem Cells To Treat Leukemia and Lymphoma

9/16/2009

Children’s Hospital of Colorado enrolling patients for a cord blood stem cell transplant study

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Cord Blood Stem Cells Used to Treat Paralysis

9/14/2009

A Texas-based organization reports that it will raise $3 million to help fund the first non-controversial stem cell trials for people with Spinal Cord Injury.

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Study Shows that Stem Cells From Menstrual Blood Proliferate Rapidly, Have Significant Potential to Develop into Multiple Cell Types

9/10/2009

Data from an in vitro study presented at the Fourth China Medical Biotech Forum, in Dalian, China indicate that stem cells found in menstrual blood (known as MenSCs) proliferate rapidly and have significant potential to develop into multiple cell types.

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Two Leading Bioscience Companies Team Up to Accelerate Research and Development of Potential Uses for Stem Cells from Menstrual Blood

9/10/2009

Research and development initiatives relating to the use of stem cells from menstrual blood continue to gain momentum, as evidenced by a recent international partnership. U.S.-based stem cell company Cryo-Cell International recently announced an exclusive license agreement with S-Evans Biosciences, Inc. (SEB), a privately-held stem cell and genomics technology company located near Shanghai, China.

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California's Stem Cell Agency Awards $5.42 Million to UCLA Researchers

9/10/2009

The California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has awarded a total of $5.42 million in stem cell grants to four scientists at UCLA's Broad Stem Cell Research Center.

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Renowned Wound Specialist and Leading Stem Cell Company Partner to Research

9/9/2009

Cryo-Cell International, Inc., a world leader in stem cell innovation, has entered a research and development collaboration agreement with nationally-recognized wound specialist, Dr. Robert J. Snyder and the Snyder Wound Research Institute LLC in Tamarac, FL.

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New Research and Development Collaboration Will Explore Potential Use of Stem Cells from Menstrual Blood to Treat Endometriosis and Female Urinary Incontinence

9/9/2009

Florida-based Cryo-Cell International, a leader in stem cell cryopreservation, has partnered with Cryopraxis, a Brazil-based company known for its expertise in regenerative technology. The partnership will allow Cryopraxis to conduct clinical studies using Cryo-Cell`s proprietary C`elleSM menstrual stem cell technology (MenSCs) to identify potential future diagnostic and therapeutic uses for endometriosis and stress urinary incontinence in women.

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Harvard University Launches First Undergrad Degree Concentrating on Stem Cells

9/3/2009

Harvard University’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (SCRB) has introduced a new field of study as a concentration to its undergraduate students, called human development and regenerative biology (HDRB).

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Ohio Senate to Vote on Cord Blood Awareness Legislation

9/1/2009

Proposed legislation promoting awareness for benefits of cord blood storage has bipartisan support

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The Stem Cell Sector's Profit Leader

8/27/2009

In this recent article, Cryo-Cell's CEO shares some interesting insights and unpretended wisdom about the business and all of the exciting developments at the company she leads.

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Doctors Take Up Collection to Pay for Patient’s Umbilical Cord Blood Banking

8/25/2009

Cincinnati doctors pay to bank stem cells from baby's cord blood.

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Stem Cells Used to Grow Tooth in the Mouth of a Mouse

8/10/2009

The Wall Street Journal’s Jeremy Singer-Vine reports that researchers at the Tokyo University of Science have used stem cells to grow a replacement tooth for a mouse. A report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that this is the first time that scientists have developed a fully functioning three-dimensional organ replacement using stem cells. The scientists created a set of cells that contained genetic instructions to build a tooth, and then implanted it into the mouse’s tooth socket. The tooth grew in the same manner that a natural one would. After 11 weeks, it had a similar shape, hardness and response to pain or stress as a natural tooth, and worked equally well for chewing. The researchers suggested that using similar techniques in humans could restore function to patients with organ failure.

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Adult Stem Cells Help Ease Arthritis

8/7/2009

Dr. Max Gomez of WCBS TV reports on a clinic near Denver, Colorado that is using adult stem cells to treat osteo-arthritis of the knee, hip, ankle, and even back pain. Dr. Christopher Centeno and two of his patients discuss the process and their experience.

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Fallopian Tubes a Source of Stem Cells

8/7/2009

BBC News reports that researchers in Sao Paulo, Brazil have discovered that fallopian tubes are an abundant source of mesenchymal stem cells. Because fallopian tubes normally are discarded during surgeries such as hysterectomies, they may be good source for non-controversial donor cells for regenerative medicine. In addition, the researchers anticipate that the cells could be useful for understanding and treating fertility problems. The researchers’ findings were published in the Journal of Transitional Medicine.

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Scientists Use Adult Stem Cells to Create Healthy Mice

8/7/2009

Alan Mozes of BusinessWeek’s HealthDay reports on a milestone in stem cell research. Chinese scientists have grown healthy, fertile mice by using pluripotent stem cells (iPS) derived not from controversial embryonic stem cells, but instead from those of adult mice.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham Creates Stem Cell Institute

8/7/2009

Birmingham Business Journal - Jimmy DeButts reports in article entitled “UAB to Bring Jobs, Research through Stem Cell Institute.” The University of Alabama at Birmingham is building on the success of its existing biotech research facilities to create a Stem Cell Institute.

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Umbilical Cords a Rich Source of Stem Cells

8/4/2009

Tom Blackwell of the National Post reports that Toronto-based researchers have found that usually discarded umbilical cords are a plentiful source of mesenchymal stem cells. A group of researchers at Princess Margaret Hospital and the University of Toronto in Ontario say they’ve discovered that umbilical cords are a “virtually inexhaustible” and non-controversial source of promising stem cells.

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Researchers Believe Adult Stem Cells May be Useful for Wounds

8/4/2009

Paula Moyer reports for Dermatology Times that researchers believe adult stem cells may have a greater role in wound healing in the future. William J. Landis, Ph.D., at the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy says that he and his co-workers have been conducting tissue-engineering research with bovine models to learn if stem cells can heal wounds in bones, cartilage and tendons. "Dermatologists should know that investigators are exploring the possibility of promoting wound healing with stem cell treatments,” he said. "Serious cutaneous and connective tissue pathologies should be treatable with stem cells. This is an area of medicine that has broad potential, and I would encourage dermatologists to be involved in the research investigating stem cell use for wound healing in as wide a spectrum of applications as possible," Dr. Landis said. Dr. Landis reports that stem cells may be readily available from a variety of sources, including cord blood and bone

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University of Florida Scientists Program Adult Stem Cells to Become Vision Cells

7/30/2009

The University of Florida’s John Pastor reports that researchers at the university have programmed bone marrow stem cells to repair damaged retinas in mice. This suggests that there is potential to treat common causes of vision loss in humans, such as macular degeneration, which affects nearly 2 million people in the United States, and some forms of blindness related to diabetes. Researchers removed blood stem cells from the bone marrow of mice, modified the cells in cultures, and injected them back into the animals’ circulatory systems. From there, the stem cells were able to hone in on the eye injury and become retinal cells. At 28 days after receiving the modified stem cells, mice that had previously demonstrated no retinal function were no different than normal mice in electrical measures of their response to light. The University of Florida’s College of Medicine reports that the success in repairing a damaged layer of retinal cells in mice implies that blood stem cells take

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CWRU Receives 5 Million Dollars from Ohio Third Frontier Commission

7/28/2009

Medical News Today reports that the Center for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine has received $5 million in funding from Ohio’s Third Frontier Commission under the Research Commercialization Program. The Ohio Third Frontier is a bipartisan organization whose aim is to promote the state’s technological strengths and help with commercialization of technologies. The funding will help support new and innovative stem cell technologies including two commercial, four emerging and three pilot projects. This funding will be matched by each of the projects to create a $10 million grant benefiting stem cell and regenerative medicine in Ohio. The Center for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine (CSCRM) is comprised of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland Clinic (CC), University Hospitals (UH), and Athersys, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company. "This funding provides CSCRM the support it needs to continue to aggressively move new technologies from academic

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UConn Professor’s Stem Cell Research May Lead to Improved Heart Attack Recovery

7/28/2009

Promising research which may potentially improve a person’s recovery after suffering a heart attack.

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Johns Hopkins Students Embed Stem Cells In Sutures To Enhance Healing

7/28/2009

ScienceDaily reports that biomedical engineering students at Johns Hopkins University have demonstrated a way to embed a patient's own adult stem cells in the surgical thread that doctors use to repair serious orthopedic injuries such as ruptured tendons. The goal, the students said, is to enhance healing and reduce the likelihood of re-injury without changing the surgical procedure itself. At the site of the injury, the stem cells are expected to reduce inflammation and release growth factor proteins that speed up healing, enhancing the prospects for a full recovery and reducing the likelihood of re-injury. In collaboration with orthopedic physicians, the team's preliminary experiments in an animal model have yielded promising results. Provided the trials continue to be successful, it is estimated that possible human trials could take place within about five years. “We believe the stem cells will significantly speed up and improve the healing process,” said Ma

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Louisville Man is World’s First Cardiac Stem Cell Recipient

7/24/2009

Laura Ungar of the Louisville Courier-Journal reports on one of the world’s first recipients of an infusion of cardiac stem cells as a part of a Phase 1 clinical trial being conducted by a team of University of Louisville physicians at Jewish Hospital.

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Study at University of Wisconsin Uses a Stem Cell Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

7/24/2009

Study aims to learn whether treating newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetics with adult stem cells can either slow or stop the progression of their disease, thereby reducing or even eliminating insulin dependence.

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Stem Cell Treatments Effective for Secondary Leukemia in Breast Cancer Survivors

7/16/2009

Researchers from the City of Hope National Medical Center have reported on a study that suggests that there continues to be improvement in the results of stem cell treatments for patients with secondary leukemia and myelodysplasia.

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Novel Stem Cell Trial Targets Heart Disease

7/10/2009

The Reporter’s Kathy Whitney reports that Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute recently enrolled its first patient in a Phase II clinical trial using stem cell treatments aimed to reverse damage to the patient's cardiac muscle caused by heart disease.

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Stem Cell Industry Expert Praises, Encourages Continued Progress on Legislation to Promote Benefits of Cord Blood

7/6/2009

CEO praises legislative progress to date and encouraging continued momentum for existing bills through the second half of the year.

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U.S. Doctors Treat Heart Attack With Man's Own Stem Cells

6/30/2009

Forbes.com reports that American physicians have performed the first procedure in which a patient received injections of his own heart stem cells to repair cardiac muscle damaged by heart attack.

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Eastern Virginia Medical School Studies Stem Cell Treatments for Diabetes

6/12/2009

Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) is conducting this double blind study on the effectiveness of a new therapy using adult stem cells to treat type 1 diabetes.

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How Does One Mend A Broken Heart?

6/5/2009

Current research indicates that it may be possible to “fix a broken heart.” Adult stem cells may be used to help replace damaged heart muscles, heart tissue, valves and establish new blood vessels to supply them.

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Stem Cell Treatment for Stroke Survivors

6/5/2009

There are many treatments and therapies for stroke victims. Today, the most widely used are various medications, often combined with physical and/or speech therapy. In addition to medication and physical therapy, there is promising research on the benefits of stem cell treatments for stroke victims.

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Ohio House of Representatives Passes Umbilical Cord Blood Bill

6/3/2009

Dayton Ohio Daily News reports that the state’s house unanimously voted in favor of the Cord Blood Education Bill. Under this bill, pregnant women in the state of Ohio would be told about the benefits of storing their newborn’s umbilical cord blood.

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Stem Cells Transplanted from Marrow into Heart May Improve Heart's Performance

5/29/2009

Over the past four years, the Reina Sofía hospital in Córdoba, Spain has been conducting clinical trials using stem cells to treat patients who have suffered one or more heart attacks. One trial in particular, completed in 2007, concluded that one type of stem cell therapy showed great promise. The test consisted of 30 patients who had suffered severe myocardial infarction, or an obstruction of a main coronary artery. One third of the patients received standard treatment; the second group was treated with a medication called G-CSF, which makes cells move from the marrow to the blood, thereby reaching the heart. The third group received stem cells from their bone marrow, which were implanted directly into the coronary artery via catheter.

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Mary Tyler Moore discusses her support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

5/28/2009

Courtney Ann Jackson of Talk Radio News Service reports on actress Mary Tyler Moore’s announcement of an upcoming Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation event.

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Stem Cell Research Seeks to Wean Non-related Transplant Recipients from Anti-rejection Drugs

5/28/2009

Phase I trial investigating the potential use of stem cells to help reduce or eliminate kidney transplant patients’ reliance on anti-rejection medications

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Texans Rally Support for Adult Stem Cell Research

5/27/2009

The Texas legislature is working on a bill that could make it a leader in stem cell research for adults, rather than research that involves killing human embryos. Texas already has 30 facilities that are researching adult stem cells or are using adult stem cells to treat patients. According to Dr. Joe Pojman of the Texas Alliance for Life, the bill will create a Texas Adult Stem Cell Research Consortium which will enhance and promote adult stem cell treatments and cures that are already effective in Texas.

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Family Seeking Stem Cell Treatment for Girl

5/26/2009

8-year-old Sierra Journey Factor is getting national media attention as her family attempts to raise funds to send her to China for a life-extending stem cell treatment in August. Sierra has Type II spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that affects the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Also, she has restrictive lung disease, a biproduct of SMA, and polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder characterized by multiple cysts in both kidneys. Since Sierra's initial acceptance into the stem cell program at the treatment center in China, the family has been trying to raise the estimated $50,000 they will need to cover the stem cell injections, travel costs and associated expenses for the 30-day stay. The stem-cell injections Sierra will receive are from umbilical cord blood, which is typically discarded as medical waste. Sierra’s mother said they have about half of the needed funds necessary for the procedure and related expenses.

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Family Back in Central Texas After Chinese Stem-Cell Treatment

5/25/2009

In hopes to allow their young daughter to see, Jason and Rosetta Fedelem of Central Texas decided to take their daughter Sierra to China in order to receive experimental stem cell treatment. Due to complications at birth resulting in a lack of oxygen to Sierra’s brain and lungs, doctors said she will never walk, talk, see or eat on her own. The couple selected a firm in China who use stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood for the treatment. While in China, Sierra received stem cell injections once a week. Given through an IV, the injections pumped 10 to 15 million stem cells into her in about 30 minutes. So far the improvements 20-month-old Sierra Fedelem has experienced from the stem cell treatments have been small. She can now sit unsupported for short periods of time and is able to stand with assistance for a couple of minutes rather than a few seconds like before. According to the physicians it will take about four months to fully work.

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PT Aids Children After Bone Marrow Transplantation

5/22/2009

Bone marrow transplantation is a procedure that replaces cancerous or diseased tissue inside a patient’s bones with healthier marrow. A form of stem cell transplantation, BMT transfers stem cells harvested from a donor’s blood stream, bone marrow, or umbilical cord blood into the recipient through an intravenous line. BMT can help children battling leukemia, lymphoma, plasma cell disorders, severe anemia, sickle cell disease, and other blood and marrow disorders. It also can aid patients with cancer whose marrow has been damaged by high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Children undergoing this type of stem cell therapy are hospitalized for approximately one month and, during that time, can benefit from physical therapy to restore their strength and mobility.

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New Stem Cell Treatments Holds Hope for Heart Attack Victims

5/21/2009

The cardio-thoracic department of Chennai-based Sri Ramachandra University and Dr. Naresh Trehan's center in New Delhi have joined forces to conduct stem cell research for heart attack victims undergoing a by-pass surgery. The stem cell therapy will involve the patients receiving stem cell shots during the operation. This stem cell research will start after the department of biotechnology gives its nod for the pilot project. Scientists hope this stem cell treatment will enrich the heart cells and repair damages caused due to cardiac arrest. Dr. Amit N Patel, Director of Cardiac Stem Cell Therapies at the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine, says injection of stem cells improve the function of muscles and blood vessels allowing patients to lead a near-normal life.

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Stem Cell Research Shows Promise

5/20/2009

Doctors say new stem cell research could fight a form of heart disease. Doctors in the Netherlands injected bone marrow and stem cells into the heart of 50 patients, all suffering from a chronic heart condition. Some got a placebo instead of the stem cells. Three months after the procedure, those who got the real stem cell treatment had improvements in blood flow and heart function, exercise capacity and overall quality of life.

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Menstrual Blood Stem Cells May Significantly Increase Yield of Cord Blood Stem Cells

5/5/2009

Cryo-Cell International, Inc. announced results of a new study showing that adding menstrual blood stem cells (MenSCs) to stem cells from umbilical cord blood expands the number of progenitor cells (cells that grow into mature blood cells). This expansion technique could broaden the therapeutic use of the cells and provide a more readily available supply of stem cells for transplantation.

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Young Holly's Brave Stem-Cell Quest

5/5/2009

Each morning 11-year old Holly Arvidson wakes, she hopes it will be the day she will be given sight. Holly and her family have returned from China where the 11-year-old from Denman underwent the first round of a controversial stem cell treatment which will hopefully result in her being able to see. Holly, who was born blind, is believed to be the 20th child to travel to china from Australia for stem cell treatment which has not been approved in the country. The treatment, which involves a number of stem cell injections over a four-week period, is achieving results and has an 80 per cent success rate, Mrs. Arvidson said. The Arvidsons hope that over the next six months Holly's vision will progressively start to improve and she will gain some light perception. "The second treatment should bring sight and a third even better sight. We plan to return to China next year," Mrs. Arvidson said.

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Stearns County Commissioner Betting on Stem Cell Therapy

5/4/2009

Don Otte is betting on stem cell therapy to completely annihilate the cancer he has been battling for the past 16 years. Otte, the county commissioner for Stearns County Minnesota, was diagnosed in 1992 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. At the time doctors told him he would be dead in five years. Through self-education and actively seeking out new and sometimes unorthodox treatment methods, Otte has managed to stick around much longer than expected. Over the past decade Otte has undergone numerous radiation and chemotherapy treatments as well as some unconventional treatments like shark cartilage pills and having the fillings removed from his teeth, believing that the mercury was suppressing his immune system. During this time the cancer went into remission. But it soon showed up elsewhere in his body, including fast-growing cells in his knee and his chest cavity. During a four-year period, Otte tried three different experimental drugs, including one that caused severe muscle cramping. When

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Study: Tumor-Killing Cells from Stem Cells More Potent

5/4/2009

New research at the University of Minnesota shows natural killer cells taken from human embryonic stem cells are more effective at killing tumors than cells taken from other sources. A research team led by Dan Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D. demonstrated natural killer cells from human embryonic stem cells are better at killing human leukemia in mice, preventing the cancer from metastasizing in any of the animal’s organs. The study has also shown stem cell-derived tumor-killing cells are highly effective in killing breast cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and brain tumor cells.

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Cord Blood: Saving For the Future

5/1/2009

For an expectant mother, there are a million details to worry about and a lot of important decisions to be made. One of those decisions to be made is whether to bank your baby's umbilical cord blood. Cord blood is valuable because it's full of stem cells scientists and doctors can use in research and regenerative medicine. Right now cord blood stem cells are being used to treat more than 70 life-threatening diseases including a wide range of cancers, blood disorders, immune system deficiencies and genetic diseases.

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Two Valley Families Plan Journey of Hope

4/25/2009

Two central San Joaquin Valley families are set to travel more than 6,000 miles to China for an experimental stem-cell treatment for their children. Aleesha and Michael Klomp of Hanford said they're willing to take a chance so their son Gryphon Klomp, 2, might walk and grasp a spoon some day soon. Fresno mother Jennifer Schmidt has the same faith about the benefits of umbilical cord stem-cell therapy for 2-year-old daughter Brooke Schmidt-Jordan. Both toddlers have cerebral palsy. Stem cell research in the United States has been delayed due to concerns about the use of stem cells taken from embryos. However the process to be used by these two families will involve the use of stem cells from donated umbilical cord blood. This form of stem cell therapy is not as available in the United State as it is overseas. "Why would I wait five years to help him?" asked Michael Klomp, a construction worker.

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Stem cells May Offer Hope in Treating Heart Disease

4/24/2009

New research being conducted at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine has provided evidence that a patient's own stem cells may hold the key to effectively managing his or her heart disease.

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Stem Cell Eye 'Patch' to Save Sight Gets Cash Boost

4/24/2009

Trials to use a small patch of stem cells to protects the eye from age-related blindness could begin in patients within two years in the UK. The pioneering treatment could be one of the first successful applications originating from embryonic stem cells (ESC), the cells in embryos that can grow into all tissues of the body. In a major boost for the stem cell treatment today, the pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced that it would be funding clinical development of the treatment and helping to win permission from regulatory authorities to proceed with trials. Pfizer is collaborating with Pete Coffey, head of the team at University College London that pioneered the stem cell therapy. Coffey and his team have found a way to change the ESCs into retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells, which are vital for sight but deteriorate with age, leading to blindness.

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New Study Uses Cord Blood to Treat Children with Type 1 Diabetes

4/23/2009

NBC Los Angeles features a new study in which recently diagnosed diabetic children are being treated with stem cells from umbilical cord blood.

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Stem Cell Research A Miracle for Aussie Toddler with Cerebral Palsy

4/18/2009

Since Corey de Gregorio was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at eight months old, his parents have been on a crusade to find cure. Now, after undergoing an experimental stem cell therapy in China, the three year old boy from Gordonvale, Australia has improved tremendously. "Like any parent, you want to do the best you possibly can with your child and at the end of the day you want to know that you’ve done and that you’ve tried everything," the mother-of-three said. "Even if that means going offshore and trying something experimental.” Corey had six cord blood stem cell treatments in Qingdao last year. After more than six months after his treatments, Corey’s father said the family was amazed at the improvements in his torso and his left arm. "The usability of his left hand has improved immensely since we've been to China," Mr de Gregorio said. "He can hold a cup and drink from it with his two hands and because prior to that it was extremely difficult." Since then the de Gregorio’s have s

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Stem Cells 'Can Treat Diabetes'

4/15/2009

Experimental stem cell treatment has enabled patients with type 1 diabetes to go for as long as four years without insulin injections.

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Horse Stem Cell Technique to be Tested in People

4/15/2009

A stem-cell repair technique that has already been used to fix hundreds of injured race horses is to be tested for the first time in people with damaged Achilles tendons in England. Patients who are part of the study will receive injections containing millions of their own stem cells, which have been extracted and multiplied up in a laboratory, and can regenerate new tissue to repair damaged regions. More than 1,500 race horses have been treated using the same stem cell process and follow-up data suggests a 50 percent reduction in re-injury over a three year period, compared with conventional treatment.

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Stem Cells Repair Damaged Corneas in Mice

4/9/2009

A study just released shows stem cells injected into the eyes of mice with defective corneas returned the corneas to a more normal appearance. Researchers hope the stem cell procedure might one day be an alternative to corneal transplants in humans. About 40,000 such transplants are done each year in the United States. Several years ago, using human cadavers, James Funderburgh, an associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh and his colleagues collected stem cells from the stroma, a matrix of collagen fibers that gives the cornea its strength. After growing stem cell cultures in the lab, the researchers injected the stem cells into the eyes of mice bred to have defective corneas that mimic scar tissue in humans. After three months, the stem cells had regenerated the collagen fibers, making the damaged corneas in the mice look normal, the researchers reported. After one year, the mice corneas still appeared normal.

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IVF Baby Born From 21-Year-Old Frozen Sperm, Ties World Record

4/9/2009

Charlotte new dad, 38, froze sperm at 16 before chemotherapy that cured his leukemia. At the age of 13, Chris Biblis, now 38, was treated for leukemia from age 13 to 18. In 1987, at 16, his family encouraged him to freeze his sperm, even though no treatment for male infertility was available at the time. Over 21 years later the fertility specialists of Reproductive Endocrinology Associates of Charlotte (REACH) herald the successful birth of a baby girl March 4 who was conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) at their laboratory with sperm frozen for over two decades. This ties the world record for the longest-frozen sperm used to create a baby with IVF and is a great example of how banking irreplaceable human cells (such as stem cells from cord blood and other sources) can be one of the best decisions an individual can make.

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Stem Cell Collection should be Routine

4/6/2009

Scientist and mom Catriona McCauley is a firm advocate of the need to collect stem cells from umbilical cord blood and fought a campaign to make it happen in an Irish maternity hospital. "I did my research and very quickly became convinced it was the best thing to do. There is so much potential in the treatment it was a no-brainer.” "For me it was like taking out an insurance policy," she added. After living in America for 10 years Catriona 10 years and gave birth to her first child, Conor, in the US McCauley had the stem cells collected after the birth. Gathering cord stem cells for storage was offered as a matter of course in America.” But the situation wasn't as straight forward on her return to Ireland when she was pregnant with her second child. "When I was pregnant with Sarah I went to my local hospital and asked that my cord blood be stored and they told me it was not done routinely.” She didn't take the decision lying down and decided to fight for the right to get the cord blo

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Human Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy May Revolutionize Treatment of Oral Disease

4/5/2009

Human embryonic stem cells (hESC) provide a potentially unlimited source of oral mucosal tissues that may revolutionize the treatment of oral diseases. When fully exploited in the future, this source of stem cells will be able to produce functional tissues to treat a broad variety of oral diseases. During the 87th General Session of the International Association for Dental Research, investigators from Tufts University in Boston reported on their research to optimize the potential of hESC cells to generate complex, functional multilayer tissues, such as the oral mucosa and skin, and to understand how tissue fabrication is controlled and directed.

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Adult Stem Cell Therapy Improves Severe Limb Ischemia

3/31/2009

Lower limb ischemia is a condition where plaque build-up causes decreased circulation in the lower legs. Symptoms of the condition include intense pain and swelling. Researchers believe that the use of adult stem cell therapy in ischemia patients allows for the development of new mature and stable capillaries in patients affected by the severe condition. Gabriel Lasala, M.D. of TCA Cellular Therapy, presented preliminary results of an adult stem cell treatment for severe limb ischemia Sunday at the American College of Cardiology's first annual i2 Summit. "All patients experienced improvement in their walking tests, ankle brachial pressure index, oxygen pressure, angiography and quality of life," Lasala said. "These findings, coupled with increase of blood flow in collateral vessels suggest that the therapy is both safe and effective."

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Bill Submitted to Treat Amounts Paid for Umbilical Cord Blood Banking Services as Medical Care Expenses

3/27/2009

On March 25th, 2009 a bill was submitted for consideration into the House to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat amounts paid for umbilical cord blood banking services as medical care expenses. Should this bill (H.R. 1718) pass, families would be able to use tax advantaged dollars to pay for the preservation of stem cell rich umbilical cord blood with accredited cord blood banking providers. This bill could open the door for families to absorb the cost of stem cell banking, pre-tax, through such programs as flexible spending accounts (FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) or the medical expenses tax deduction.

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Researchers Uncover Mechanism that Regulates Movement of Blood-Forming Stem Cells in the Body

3/25/2009

Stem cell researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) have identified a signaling pathway that helps regulate the movement of blood-forming stem cells in the body. The finding provides important new insight into how stem cells move around the body which may lead to improvements in the efficiency of bone marrow transplants.

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Obama Signs Executive order in Support of Stem Cell Research

3/19/2009

On March 9, 2009 President Obama signed an executive order expected to set in motion increased stem cell research that supporters believe could uncover cures for serious ailments like diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s and paralysis. Obama's action reverses former President George W. Bush's policy on stem cell research by undoing an August 9, 2001 Executive Order that prohibited the use of federal funds for research on embryonic stem cells lines created after that date. (The 2001 Executive Order did not affect federal research on the 21 stem cell lines that were created prior to that date.) The 2001 directive was the result of a moral debate as to whether embryonic stem cell research should continue because such research requires the destruction of human embryos.

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President Obama Discusses His Decision to End Ban on Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research

3/10/2009

On March 9, 2009 President Obama signed an executive order expected to set in motion increased stem cell research that supporters believe could uncover cures for serious ailments like diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s and paralysis. In a speech delivered immediately before signing the order, Obama said, “I believe we have been given the capacity and will to pursue this research, the humanity and conscience to do so responsibly.” Noting that scientists believe that stem cells “may have the potential to help us understand and possibly cure some of our most devastating diseases and conditions,”

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Implications of President Obama’s Stem Cell Directive on Future Research

3/9/2009

Although the ink has barely dried on President Obama’s March 9th Executive Order reversing the ban on federal funds to support stem cell research, many are wondering what the directive may mean for future research. Here is a summary:

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Celebs Putting Their Stem Cell Trust in Obama

2/6/2009

It's no surprise that stem cell research, with its promise to alleviate so many kinds of suffering and correct injuries once thought to be untreatable, has gripped Hollywood’s conscience. Activists in the entertainment industry, particularly Jerry and Janet Zucker as well as Lucy Fisher and her husband, Douglas Wick, have been quietly celebrating the shift in regard to stem cell research in the White House. President Obama is expected to take action to reverse President Bush's executive order banning federal funding for embryonic stem cell projects. With the president and influential lawmakers now on board, Hollywood is poised to make a major push on the stem cell front. They're just waiting in the wings for Obama to announce his plans.

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Cord-blood Transplants in Wisconsin Hospitals are Now Available to ill Adults

2/5/2009

Transplants of stem cells from donors are used to treat leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening conditions. Patients receive radiation and chemotherapy to kill their diseased blood cells, a process that severely weakens their immune systems. The transplanted cells replace the diseased cells and other immune-system cells with healthy cells from a donor. Cord-blood transplants began in the 1990s, using donated umbilical cords. The cords usually contain fewer stem cells than marrow or blood, but they carry an advantage: Their immune systems are naive, so they're less likely to cause rejection. Studies have shown that cord-blood transplants, using two cords, were often as effective as bone marrow transplants. UW Hospital has joined other medical centers to further study cord blood transplants in a clinical trial.

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Stem Cell Recipe Gets Even Simpler

2/5/2009

An ear­li­er rec­i­pe sci­en­tists de­vised for mak­ing adult stem cells act like more pow­er­ful em­bry­on­ic-like stem cells may have got­ten sim­pler. New reports in­di­cate one chem­i­cal can con­vert stem cells from adult mice in­to the de­sired type. Stem cells are im­ma­ture cells that have not yet de­vel­oped in­to spe­cif­ic types to form or­gans. A large body of med­i­cal re­search is aimed at us­ing stem cells to grow new human or­gans and heal human tis­sue. There have been dif­fi­cul­ties in ob­tain­ing or pro­duc­ing stem cells with­out get­ting them from live em­bryos, which are usu­ally de­stroyed in the pro­cess, rais­ing eth­i­cal concerns. The new study, published in the Feb. 6 is­sue of the re­search jour­nal Cell, in­volves con­verting stem cells us­ing a sub­stance called a tran­scrip­tion fac­tor, a mo­le­cule pro­duced by genes which con­trols the ac­ti­vity of oth­er genes.

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What’s Next for Stem Cells

2/5/2009

With Bush out of office, stem cell research seems to have made its way back into the spotlight, once more promising medical miracles. In 2001, President George W. Bush put a serious slow down in the research of these wonder cells that have the ability to turn into any kind of cell in human body. Potential cures for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, MS, Parkinson’s, and more, all seemed to be further out of sight. Fortunately, scientists in other countries jumped in and American researchers found new ways forward. Last month, the FDA approved the first trials of embryonic stem cell therapy for human patients — paralyzed patients with spinal cord injuries.

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Beloved Teacher Gets Transplant Green Light

2/4/2009

Over a year ago, Monique Larson was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia and was told she would need a bone marrow transplant to overcome the cancer. Despite the widespread response from hundreds screened as potential blood-marrow donors for Monique’s Native American/Northern European blood type, a matching donor remains unfound. In January, Monique and her husband Brad traveled to The University of Minnesota to discuss an umbilical cord blood transplant. The umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant has several advantages over a bone-marrow transplant, including reduced incidence or severity of graft-versus-host, the cord blood and tissue match doesn’t have to be perfect and the cord blood is more readily available. “The doctor said if I were his sister, this is what he’d tell me to do,” Monique said.

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Putting a Face on the Stem Cell Argument

2/3/2009

With recently awarded FDA approval, a California biotech firm sits poised to begin the world's first human trial that will involve injecting embryonic stem cells into the spinal cords of people who are paralyzed. The subject has spurred heated debate for the past ten years. Advocates believe it will throw open the door to medicine's future. Opponents say it destroys life. At the heart of the debate, but sitting on the sidelines, is 17 year old Jacob Coffron. Jacob is confined to a wheelchair and breathes with the help of a ventilator. At age 15, Jacob fell while climbing over a fence, and hasn’t breathed on his own since. Jacob’s grandmother Jane Caffron is steadfast in her belief that stem cell research is the key to his future.

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$2.2 million grant approved for program to train stem cell scientists

2/2/2009

The governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) approved a $2.2 million grant to the University of California, Santa Cruz, last week to fund a training program in stem cell research. Including this grant, the CIRM funding awarded to UCSC now totals $19.4 million from nine grants, all managed by the campus's Center for Bimolecular Science and Engineering (CBSE). The grants in CIRM's Research Training Program II will provide a total of $40.6 million to fund graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and clinical fellows working in stem cell research labs throughout the state. At UCSC, the funding will support four graduate students and six postdoctoral researchers for three years. "These trainees are our future stem cell scientists," said Alan Trounson, president of CIRM. "With these awards we are establishing a strong next generation of researchers and physician scientists to continue developing new stem cell-based therapies."

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Stem Cell Hope for Blind Toddler

1/29/2009

The family of a toddler who was born blind is hoping a course of cutting-edge stem cell therapy in China could let some light into his life. Sixteen-month-old Joshua Clark, from Caernarfon, Gwynedd, was born with optic nerve hypoplasia and his parents were told no treatment was available. Joanna and Anthony Clark found the Chinese stem cell therapy option after doing research via the internet. The family will fly to China at the end of April and will spend five weeks accompanied by various relatives while Joshua undergoes treatment with umbilical cord stem cells.

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Stem Cell Research Breakthrough in Connecticut

1/28/2009

There's a major breakthrough in stem cell research at the University of Connecticut, placing the state at the forefront of medical research. Dr. Ge Lin came to Connecticut from China a year ago because the state of Connecticut was one of a handful of states that had decided to invest millions of dollars to do its own stem cell research. Once the state approved the testing, it took just two weeks for Dr. Ge to help the state to become among the first in the nation to create two, new, human embryonic stem cell lines.

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'My Cancer Was Cured - Thanks To a Tiny Baby'

1/27/2009

After being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, Judy Knight, 53, a practice nurse from Northamptonshire, was unable to find a match for a critically needed bone marrow transplant. Judy spent weeks in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy to control the cancer. However, to cure the cancer, Judy needed a bone marrow transplant to allow her body to start producing healthy blood. No family members proved to be a match and after months of chemotherapy, there seemed to be no hope. Judy’s doctor decided to seek matches from umbilical cord blood. Stem cell transplants from umbilical cords have shown to be an increasingly successful alternative to bone marrow transplants for leukemia patients.

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Stem Cell Trial Offers Hope to Patients With Spinal Injuries

1/26/2009

Paraplegic patients who are unable to walk as a result of spinal injuries are to take part in a clinical trial to test the use of embryonic stem cells as a treatment. The test will involve ten patients with severe spinal injuries who will receive a single injection of therapeutic stem cells in their spinal cords. The US Food and Drug Administration has given approval for the pilot study and it is hoped the embryonic stem cell-derived progenitor cells, which have already been shown to repair nerves in animals with spinal damage, will show the same results in humans.

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FDA Approves Study Using Human Stem Cells

1/24/2009

A California biotechnology company plans to launch the first government-approved clinical trial testing human embryonic stem cells on people by next summer after receiving federal approval yesterday. The new study will mark the first authorized use of those derived from embryos. The Food and Drug Administration approved a request from Geron of Menlo Park to test the stem cells on eight to ten patients with severe spinal cord injuries.

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Beaumont First To Study Stem Cells To Treat Incontinence

1/22/2009

Beaumont Hospital urologists are first in the United States to research stress urinary incontinence treatment using a person's own stem cells. The cells are used to strengthen weak muscles that control urination. Stress urinary incontinence--the cause of wetness with coughing or physical activity, affects about 13 million Americans, most of them women, but also men who have had surgery for prostate cancer. The stem cells from 48 female research participants age 18 or older will be collected at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, and duplicated. The cells will then be injected into the muscles that control urination to strengthen them and prevent leakage. "If successful, muscle-derived stem cell therapy could offer new hope to people looking to live a life free of urinary leakage," says Urology department Chairman Kenneth Peters, M.D., who is leading the research at Beaumont.

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Stem Cell Transplant May Be Near for Shawnee Girl

1/20/2009

Tallie Anderson, 11, of Shawnee Oklahoma has spend much of the past two years of her life at the OU Medical Center since being diagnosed with aplastic anemia almost two years ago. In need of a bone marrow transplant, Tallie had not been able to find a match with a bone marrow donor quickly, which is a problem for many people of American Indian descent, like her. From this obstacle, Tallie and the Oklahoma Blood Institute launched a public awareness campaign to make people aware of the need for American Indian marrow donors. Hundreds of Oklahomans responded to assist. Tallie’s match finally came in November, but in the form of a donated umbilical cord. The 11 year old is now awaiting a stem cell transplant from the stem cell rich cord blood.

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Stanford's Newest Stem Cell Expert Strikes All The Right Notes

1/15/2009

Marius Wernig arrived at Stanford recently with a worldwide reputation for creating induced pluripotent stem cells from adult skin cells. What is less known is his success in composing classical music and opera, with pieces having premiered in Bonn, Cologne and Vienna. Wernig, who had previously been at MIT's Whitehead Institute, will be a key member of Stanford's Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Institute. His appointment is the latest in assembling a "dream team" for stem cell research at the institute, covering all of the most promising areas of stem cell research.

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Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells Have Myogenic Potential

1/14/2009

The replacement of the defective muscle through stem cells transplantation is a possible future treatment for patients suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The dystrophin gene, located at Xp21, codifies dystrophin, which is part of a protein complex responsible for the membrane stability of muscle cells. Its absence on muscle causes the severe Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). A recent analysis showed the potential of CD34+ stem cells from umbilical cord blood to differentiate in muscle cells and express dystrophin. Protein expression was analyzed by Immunofluorescence, Western Blotting (WB) and Reverse Transcriptase - Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). CD34+ stem cells and myoblasts from a DMD affected patient started to fuse with muscle cells immediately after co-cultures establishment.

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Stem Cells Give Leukemia Patient a Second Chance

1/14/2009

Melbourn resident Grahm Barnell took the chance of his life and travelled to Seattle to become the eighth person in the world to undergo a pioneering stem cell transplant technique that uses stem cells grown in a laboratory from a donated umbilical cord to regenerate bone marrow. After a two-year odyssey through the darkest ravages of the rare and deadly form of myeloid leukemia, Mr Barnell is apparently cured, thanks to a revolutionary stem cell procedure only now emerging in the US

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Embracing Source of Futuristic Regenerative Medicine Through Menstrual Blood

1/13/2009

Women create life; but now they will contribute medically to save lives through the Endometrial Regenerative Cells (ERC) or stem cells harvested from discarded menstrual fluid - known to be the most disgusting phase of woman's life. Menstrual blood, as researchers say, is found to be the most potent source of stem cells so far. The uterine endometrium lining, a rich source of stem cells, is shed in menstrual process every month. In the rebuilding process that ranges over seven days, billions of cells develop creating an almost 5 millimeter-thick lining. These self-renewing cells, also called Endometrial Regenerative Cells, can be developed into other tissues under controlled laboratory conditions. These cells possess multipotent markers similar to stem cells from other sources.

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Young Leukemia Patient Cancer-Free After Receiving Stem Cells From ...

1/12/2009

A two-year-old child from Florida is free of signs of juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, a rare form of pediatric leukemia, after receiving a stem cell trasplant from umbilical cord blood. Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia generally affects children under the age of five and comprises less than 1 percent of infant leukemias. Adolfo Gonzalez was diagnosed with JMML when he was 13 months old. "Adolfo Gonzalez would most likely not be alive today if it weren't for the cord blood transplant," Dr. Gary Kleiner, a pediatric immunologist at the University of Miami School of Medicine, said in a statement. "The mother who donated her cord blood to the public cord blood bank at New York's National Cord Blood Program basically saved his life."

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December Named Texas Cord Blood Month

12/30/2008

Of the 4 million births each year in the United States, 90% of the stem cells in umbilical cord blood are discarded and go unused. Umbilical cord blood donations have the ability to save thousands of lives by treating common diseases such as: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and leukemia. Recently, Texas governor Rick Perry named December “Texas Cord Blood Month” to increase awareness of the benefits of stem cells and stem cell research and to stimulate umbilical cord blood donations across the state and the country.

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Stem Cells Replace Defective Brain Cells

12/30/2008

Researchers in Jerusalem have successfully utilized stem cells to replace defective brain cells in animals to reverse brain birth defects. This discovery suggests the power of stem cells to treat various learning disabilities that ultimately lead to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Dr. Yanai and his colleagues intend to present findings from their study that detail the ability of embryonic neural stem cells to migrate to the brain and differentiate to replace defective brain cells in mice.

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Stem Cells Derived from Rats is Crucial Step Forward in Research

12/28/2008

In the past, stem cell researchers have understood the importance of utilizing rats in their studies of stem cell therapy, but thus far been unable to successfully derive stem cells from these mammals. Scientists and researchers at the University of Southern California have finally been able to derive and preserve the basic embryonic stem cells of rats. This is significant as rats show more psychological similarities to humans than mice. With this new stem cell research, scientists across the country have taken a profound step forward in the search to discover and test cures for destructive human diseases.

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Legally Blind Child Undergoes Stem Cell Transplant in China

12/26/2008

Xavier Carballo, a five-year-old boy diagnosed with optic nerve hypoplasia at the age of two, can finally read printed books. For the first part of his life, Xavier was legally blind. After receiving a series of stem cell transplants in China, he can now see. Xavier has undergone six successful umbilical cord blood transfusions, his parents say they noticed improvements following the very first stem cell treatment session. Xavier’s doctors in China recently commented that the umbilical cord blood transplants have led to “definite and measurable improvements”, and the boy’s health will continue to improve for months following the treatments.

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Mother and Daughter Travel to Thailand for Stem Cell Transplantation

12/26/2008

For the majority of her young life, Bailey Walker has suffered from optic nerve hypoplasia, a disorder that has left her legally blind. To treat this congenital condition, Bailey’s parents have decided to take her to Thailand to undergo a stem cell treatment that will hopefully allow her to see. Next May, Bailey will receive a month-long series of umbilical cord blood transplants that will replace damaged cells in her spinal cord. Bailey’s parents show no hesitation or qualms about making the trip to Thailand, as the promise of this procedure gives them hope for a normal life for their beautiful daughter.

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Child’s Stem Cell Recovery Deemed “A Miracle”

12/26/2008

For the first years of his life, Adolfo Gonzalez suffered greatly as a result of a rare form of childhood cancer. After receiving two trial stem cell treatment procedures, there are no more leukemia cells in Adolfo’s body, and he can finally live a normal life. Stem cells harvested from umbilical cord blood successfully grew in Adolfo’s own bone marrow and replaced all cancerous white blood cells. Doctors are calling the boy’s recovery “a miracle”, all thanks to umbilical cord blood stem cells.

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Stem Cell Transplants Offer Best Cure for Childhood Cancer

12/22/2008

According to the American Cancer Society, stem cell transplants provide the best chance for children suffering from Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) to overcome the disease. After undergoing chemotherapy to destroy cancerous cells, researchers highly recommend stem cell transplants for children from donated umbilical cord blood. The cord blood stem cells are used to replenish children’s white blood cell count in order to most effectively combat the cancer.

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Stem Cells Used to Reverse Brain Birth Defects

12/22/2008

Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem recently presented findings from a study conducted in mice that suggest the potential for stem cells to repair brain damage. In the United States, learning disabilities and other neural birth defects are common and hard to combat. Embryonic neural stem cells have the ability to differentiate to become particular cells that can reverse the damage. The results from stem cell transplantation in animal models show almost a 100% recovery rate from learning disabilities in the offspring of pregnant mice.

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Stem Cell Transplant in China Gives Hope to 21-Month Old

12/22/2008

After undergoing an umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant in China, 21-month old Luke Pickett is happily back with his family in the United States. The stem cells were injected into Luke’s spinal cord in an effort to combat spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Thanks to the donated umbilical cord blood, Luke’s family has noticed dramatic changes in his gross motor skills since his return from China. Doctors and researchers hope that stem cell transplants can be used to treat cerebral palsy in the United States in the near future.

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Stem Cell Treatment Named Scientific Breakthrough of the Year

12/19/2008

A stem cell technique not requiring the use of embryonic stem cells has been named scientific breakthrough of the year by the journal of Science. Scientists state that the use of induced pluripotent stem cells in various treatment methods has “opened a new field of biology almost overnight”, with research teams from across the globe making major strides in this area of stem cell research throughout the year.

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Research Works to Protect Stem Cells in Fight against Cancer

12/18/2008

Recently, scientists have discovered that the blocking of a certain chemical released by cancerous cells protects stem cells that differentiate into red and white blood cells from being destroyed. Stem cells have the ability to grow into healthy cells, modern stem cell research has proven these cells to be instrumental in the exploration of alternative treatment methods for cancer patients. The protection of these healthy stem cells is a critical development in stem cell research and in the fight for a cure for one of the world’s most devastating diseases.

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Obama’s Presidency Expected to Further Stem Cell Research

12/18/2008

President-elect Barack Obama promises change to many aspects of the American political system, and this promise extends to stem cell research. Following his inauguration, doctors, scientists, and researchers are expecting to witness a boom in the amount of stem cell research developments, bringing the United States to the forefront of this rapidly evolving field. Medical and educational professionals are hopeful of the imminent use of stem cells to cure debilitating diseases and also to test potential harmful side effects of commonly used drugs.

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Self-renewal of Adult Stem Cells to Repair Damaged Tissue

12/18/2008

Scientists at Stanford University have brought recent stem cell research into the spotlight by highlighting the power of single adult stem cells to self-renew and repair tissue damage in mice. By treating muscle damage in animals, researchers have outlined the potential for skeletal adult stem cells to treat muscular dystrophy and age-related losses in muscle functionality.

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Umbilical Cord Blood Transplant is Viable Alternative for Lack of Donors

12/16/2008

For years, one of the major obstacles facing patients in need of bone marrow and other transplants has been finding a proper donor. Now, doctors and scientists have gathered research that strongly recommends umbilical cord blood transplants as an alternative treatment method for those in need of immediate relief. Scientists have discovered fewer transplant-related deaths among individuals who underwent a cord blood stem cell transplant than among those who received unrelated bone marrow donations.

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Stem Cells Taken From Esophagus Used in New Treatment Procedure

12/15/2008

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine have discovered the ability of esophagus stem cells to transform into transplantable tissues in mice. This stem cell research suggests a treatment method for the millions of individuals who suffer from diseases of the esophagus worldwide. As such diseases are common in the United States, the ability of adult stem cells to self-renew suggests promising alternative treatment methods that can improve the health of many affected individuals far into the future.

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Collaborative Stem Cell Therapy Aids Bone Tissue Development

12/15/2008

As stem cell research progresses, scientists are discovering the increasing need to collaborate among different fields of study to determine the most successful stem cell treatment methods. This is precisely what a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine did by combining two distinct stem cell lines to grow bone and other tissues. This collaborative and revolutionary study is a giant step forward in stem cell research that suggests the numerous possibilities of adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells to treat harmful diseases.

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Four-year Old Receives Life Saving Stem Cell Treatment

12/14/2008

Brandon Meike, a four-year old boy suffering from spinal muscular atrophy, can now stand with his feet flat on the floor thanks to a recent stem cell treatment. Brandon and his family travelled all the way to China to receive a series of four stem cell injections and extensive physical therapy, the combination of which has opened doors for stem cell research and treatments in the United States. Brandon’s stem cell injections were taken from umbilical cord blood, and as a result, the four-year old is experiencing incredible and lasting improvements.

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Stem Cell Transplants Give Hope to Childhood Cancer Victims

12/14/2008

In the Fond du Lac area of Wisconsin, three children are set to receive stem cell transplants after being diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer at approximately the same time. The procedure will entail removing stem cells from their bodies and these stem cells will be re-inserted to replenish bone marrow once chemotherapy has removed the cancerous tumors. This stem cell therapy gives all three families hope for brighter futures for their children who all suffer from a rare disease.

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Innovative Study Finds Power of Adult Stem Cell Renewal in Mice

12/14/2008

Recently, the American Society for Cell Biology presented findings from a study that confirms the power of a single stem cell to self-renew and restore muscle functionality in mice. Researchers utilized stem cells to treat hind limb muscle tissue damage, and as a result, mice experienced increased muscle cell growth and tissue repair. Importantly, these adult stem cells eventually achieved homeostasis and stopped replicating at a certain level—an attribute of stem cells not present in harmful tumors.

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Adult Stem Cells to Aid Stroke Victims

12/12/2008

Athersys, Inc., a Cleveland-based biopharmaceutical company, recently received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to conduct a study that uses adult stem cells to treat stroke victims. The stem cell therapy can be conducted up to a week after the occurrence of a stroke, and during this time, the stem cells can effectively protect injured brain nerves and treat inflammation. Researchers are investigating the promising possibility of adult stem cells to generate substantial and sustainable neurological improvements for ischemic stroke victims.

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Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells Successful in Alternative Treatment Methods

12/11/2008

For those who cannot find compatible bone marrow or blood donors, stem cell transplants involving umbilical cord blood stem cells provide successful, safe, and convenient alternative treatment methods. As it is often difficult to find donors, patients are turning more and more to stem cell research to discover ways in which adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells can be used to treat both rare and common human diseases.

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First Transplant of A Whole Organ Grown from Patient's Own Cells

12/10/2008

Daily Mail - UK Last week she was revealed to the world as the first person to receive a whole transplant organ grown from her own stem cells. ...

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Scientists Achieve Repair Of Injured Heart Muscle In Lab Tests Of ...

12/10/2008

Stem Cell Research Center is researching and developing numerous therapeutic uses for the population of muscle stem cells

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Adult Stem Cells to Treat Osteoarthritis

12/9/2008

According to experts, stem cell research is investigating the ability of stem cell therapies using adult stem cells to cure osteoarthritis. This procedure suggests alternative treatment methods for common joint diseases that are currently only treatable with joint replacement procedures. By injecting stem cells into affected joints, scientists hope to reduce the severity of joint diseases among patients and develop a routine treatment method for osteoarthritis.

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Stem Cell Therapy Proves Constructive At Any Age

12/9/2008

According to scientists and researchers at the University of Minnesota, the ability for individuals to undergo various stem cell treatment methods should not be dependent upon a patient’s age. That is, older individuals are just as likely to benefit from stem cell therapy as those who are younger. The University of Minnesota researchers gathered, scrutinized, and compared data from 1,000 past stem cell treatments of individuals of all ages to come to these encouraging and promising conclusions.

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Stem Cells Show Resistance to HIV and Can Cure Lymphoma

12/8/2008

Patients suffering from AIDS-related lymphoma are witnessing the birth of new treatment methods for their illness, and one of these procedures successfully utilizes HIV-resistant stem cells. Doctors have identified stem cell transplantation as a viable treatment method for relapsed or high-risk AIDS-related lymphoma, suggesting a more effective cure for patients currently suffering from this disease.

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Safety of Umbilical Cord Blood Transplants Confirmed in Recent Study

12/8/2008

Umbilical cord blood storage and umbilical cord blood transplantation are two areas of study that have gained popularity and attention in recent years. According to the American Society of Hematology, umbilical cord blood storage is a very safe procedure that offers scientists the added ability to expand the number of stem cells in a lab from those extracted, and as a result, patients can receive larger doses of stem cells in blood transplantations. These larger doses of stem cells are developed safely in laboratories to provide patients with shorter recovery times and minimize infections and transplant failures.

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Problem of Hearing Loss Tackled with Stem Cell Research

12/8/2008

Currently, ten percent of the world’s population is affected by deafness, which is a condition that researchers are learning could be treatable using stem cell therapy. According to scientists, transplanting stem cells from the brain into the ear could reverse the process of hearing loss for many affected individuals. These stem cells share similar properties to those hair cells found in the inner ear and have the ability to reproduce and replace the damaged cells that are causing hearing loss.

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Benefits of Stem Cell Research Thoroughly Explored in San Francisco

12/7/2008

On December 7, 2008, research experts gathered in San Francisco, CA to explore the effects of stem cell source and patient age on the effectiveness of stem cell transplants. According to Dr. Armand Keating, "For years, stem cell transplants have been a standard treatment option for many blood cancers and other hematologic conditions." At the press conference, researchers also presented preliminary results from a study focused on increasing the presence of cord blood stem cells in umbilical cord blood that can be used in future transplantations.

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Recent Study Shows Power of Stem Cells in Whole Organ Transplant

12/6/2008

Surgeons in Spain have recently executed the first effective whole-organ transplantation that involved using a windpipe made with the patient’s own stem cells. The success of this procedure proves to doctors and researchers that adult stem cells, along with umbilical cord blood stem cells, have the ability to influence current medical procedures in profound ways, providing more cures and treatment methods that doctors ever thought possible.

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Why stem cell companies in Wisconsin and beyond will finally catch ...

12/5/2008

WTN News - Madison, WI USA CDI raised the money from Wisconsin investors who believe the company will be able to use the state's cutting-edge stem cell technologies to build a global ...

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Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells Work to Repair Damaged Heart Valves in Children

12/5/2008

According to recent scientific research, stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood have shown the potential to be used in transplants that aim to repair heart disease in children. The American Heart Association recently presented data that articulates the power of umbilical cord blood stem cells to cure infantile congenital heart defects, which are the most common types of major birth defects today.

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Cell-regeneration project at Wake Forest may help to repair human...

12/5/2008

Greensboro News Record - Greensboro, NC USA President-elect Barack Obama's Senate website includes his statement supporting federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research.

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Fracture Recovery: A Stem Cell Case Study

12/5/2008

Although it cannot yet be scientifically proven that stem cell therapy substantially improved Bailey's chances for recovery, achieving these results without ...

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My Once in a Lifetime Investment Tip

12/5/2008

Grand Street News - New York, NY USA The more cells you store, the greater potential benefit you’re giving your family for future therapeutic use. Cord blood stem cell transplants have been ...

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Research facility's head, team focusing on stem cells

12/5/2008

For the last decade, Prockop's interest has been in adult stem cell research.

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New Zealand Twin Receives Revolutionary Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation

12/3/2008

Maia Friedlander, a four-year old born in Auckland, New Zealand, was the first New Zealander to receive an umbilical cord blood experimental treatment in the United States that would combat brain damage she has as a result of being born prematurely. Upon Maia’s birth, her parents chose to bank her cord blood. This cord blood was later used at Duke University in Maia’s stem cell transplantation. As a result of the umbilical cord blood stem cell procedure, Maia’s concentration and coordination have greatly improved, giving her a real chance to enjoy her childhood.

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Breakthroughs cited in stem-cell debate

11/27/2008

Irish Times - Dublin,Ireland Speaking in the debate on the Stem-Cell Research (Protection of Human Embryos) Bill, introduced by Ronan Mullen (Ind), the Minister said the preparation for ...

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Health Valves Fashioned From Stem Cells in Umbilical Cord Blood

11/24/2008

They could grow with kids who are born with heart valve defects, researchers say. By Amanda Gardner, HeathDay Reporter.

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Utah Researchers Take Giant Step Forward in Stem Cell Research

11/21/2008

For years, scientists have contemplated the ability of stem cells and umbilical cord blood to cure heart disease in both adults and children. Now, researchers at the University of Utah will be among the first in the country to test these theories by injecting patients’ own stem cells into their hearts to treat heart failure. Similar procedures in other nations have shown that patients tend to experience a 20 to 100 percent improvement in heart functionality, a statistic that reveals the powerful healing capabilities of stem cells.

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Stem Cell Research: Transforming Medicine

11/21/2008

Panel Highlights Medical Promise of Stem Cells

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Latest Stem Cell Research to Treat Common Knee Injuries

11/17/2008

In recent years, stem cells have been proven to treat some of the deadliest diseases afflicting people all over the world. However, the latest stem cell research also suggests the ability of scientists and doctors to use stem cells for more common ailments, such as knee injuries. Bristol University researchers are anxious to test a new use of adult stem cells to repair tears in the knee’s meniscal cartilage, a procedure already being used in horses to treat racing injuries.

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Stem Cell Program Celebrates 25 Years of Successful Treatments

11/17/2008

Alan Overbaugh travelled over 1,000 miles to participate in the Nebraska Medical Center’s stem cell transplant program. Because of improved stem cell research methods, the medical center has performed approximately 4,000 stem cell procedures over the past 25 years and continues to develop stem cell treatments and save more lives every year.

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Adult Stem Cell Treatments Can Take the Place of Liver Transplants

11/17/2008

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine have discovered a way to identify adult liver stem cells that can be used to regenerate liver tissue in future cell-replacement treatments and procedures. These rare stem cells can be identified, collected, and used to cure the 17,000 individuals in America who are currently on the waiting list for liver transplants. The ability of the stem cells to repair injured liver tissue and line the bile duct provide alternative treatment methods for thousands of patients across the country.

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Stem Cells Give Hope to 7-Year Old

11/17/2008

Hannah Grant, a Fort Myers, FL resident, was critically injured in a car accident last year and currently lives in a vegetative state. Now, it appears that her parents’ recent decision to travel to Mexico to undergo a stem cell procedure for their daughter may save her life. Members of Hannah’s community worked together to raise money for the stem cell treatment made possible by an umbilical cord blood donor.

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One Brother’s Stem Cells Suggest Treatment Abilities of Umbilical Cord Blood

11/16/2008

Michael Emms, convinced of a future in a wheelchair after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease, can now envision a more normal future with the help of umbilical cord blood donated from his younger brother. The umbilical cord blood stem cells from Rhys Emms were used in a stem cell treatment to prevent the deterioration of Michael’s muscles. The injection of stem cells into Michael’s spine has afforded him improvements in his own mobility and gives him hope for a brighter and healthier future.

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Cryo-Cell Works to Simultaneously Protect Families and Education

11/13/2008

Cryo-Cell International, an industry leader in stem cell innovation and stem cell storage, has renewed its agreement with Upromise, the largest source of private college funding contributions in the country. Under this agreement, parents who invest in cord blood banking and storage for their families using a Upromise credit card will receive college savings. This opportunity provides Cryo-Cell with the ability to offer families future healthcare and protection while at the same time furthering their educational needs and ambitions.

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Dental Pulp Stem Cells from Monkeys to Generate Neural Cells

11/12/2008

Researchers have discovered the ability of dental stem cells from monkeys to stimulate growth of neural cells. These dental pulp stem cells have already been used in previous regenerations of dental and craniofacial cells, but the latest research into the study of these adult stem cells reveals their potential to become other types of cells to cure a variety of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and an array of liver disorders.

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Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells to Treat Heart Disease

11/11/2008

According to the American Heart Association, umbilical cord stem cells may provide hope for children currently experiencing heart defects. At the Scientific Sessions 2008 conference, scientists presented findings from a recent study that aimed to hone in on the ability of a child’s umbilical cord stem cells to build new heart valves, therefore eliminating the current reliance on animal tissue, artificial materials, and human organ donations to treat heart disease.

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Hope in 2009 for Stem Cell Research

11/10/2008

With the election of a new president on the horizon, stem cell researchers and scientists are hoping to further expand and gain additional federal support for their stem cell studies. The institution of Barack Obama’s pro-stem cell research proposals promises a brighter future for both scientists and patients nationwide who long for alternative treatment methods to cure ailments such as: cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s.

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Stem Cell Conference Analyzes Cures for Children

11/10/2008

In a joint effort earlier this month, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center collaborated to sponsor a conference titled “Innovations in Pediatric Medicine” that addressed the current and potential benefits of stem cell research. Lecturers focused on the latest breakthroughs in stem cell technology, biomedical research, and how these two can be combined to cure children of dangerous diseases.

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Cord Blood Infusion Gives Hope to 11-Year Old with Diabetes

11/9/2008

Barrett Ross, an 11-year old suffering from type I diabetes, refuses to allow the seemingly endless stream of finger pricks, blood tests, and insulin shots to prevent him from participating in his favorite activities. After he was first diagnosed, Barrett’s parents enrolled him in a clinical trial that tested the ability of cord blood stem cells to regulate the body’s production of insulin and eventually cure diabetes. After the cord blood infusion, Barrett’s body produces more insulin and he can enjoy his childhood to the fullest.

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Stem Cell Research Proves Useful for Pharmaceutical Industry

11/9/2008

Researchers are investigating the ability of stem cells to be used for a variety of purposes apart from transplants; in particular, one scientist is currently analyzing the usefulness of cord blood stem cells for the pharmaceutical industry in conducting drug testing. Colin McGuckin of Newcastle University presented recent findings at the Taiwan International Somatic Stem Cell Symposium in Taipei that stressed the non-invasive, ethically acceptable process of cord blood collection.

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Doctor Makes Strides in Diabetes Research

11/6/2008

Dr. Schatz, a pioneer in the field of stem cell research, is conducting in-depth studies of stem cells and their ability to treat type I diabetes. Every year, thousands of individuals are diagnosed with this disease, and Dr. Schatz’s proposed treatment methods utilizing cord blood stem cells provide alternative cures that minimize the amount of insulin units injected into patients with type I diabetes on a daily basis. His findings and studies suggest that stem cell technology has made significant breakthroughs in recent years that will only develop in the near future.

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New Stem Cell Treatment Method Provides Safe Alternative

11/6/2008

The Scripps Research Institute has identified a method of stem cell cultivation using drug-like chemicals as opposed to viruses and genes. With these chemicals, scientists and researchers can reprogram human cells to become cells that are similar to embryonic stem cells; these stem cells can then develop into any cell type in the body, curing a vast number of illnesses, symptoms, and diseases. This research eliminates the use of viruses and genes in a similar process, which can potentially cause cancer.

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New Stem Cell Method Better Protects Patients

11/5/2008

The Scripps Research Institute has developed a new method of stem cell therapy that relies on the insertion of certain drugs into human tissue cells that will transform them into pluripotent, embryonic stem cells. The resulting stem cells will then be able to develop into any and all types of cells in the body without the help of viruses, which are used in similar stem cell procedures today that can produce tumors and put patients at risk for serious complications.

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Grekos’ Breakthroughs Save Lives of Patients Around the World

11/5/2008

Dr. Zannos Grekos is scheduled to present his work on stem cell research at the 2008 Dubai Congress on Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine. This conference will bring recent developments in stem cell therapy to the international scene and articulate Grekos’ work with adult stem cells to cure patients across the globe. Dr. Grekos will present results of end-of-treatment patient studies that show dramatic improvements in cardiac and circulatory functions as a result of adult stem cell therapies.

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Cord Blood Stem Cells Suggest Cure for Diabetes

11/5/2008

Researchers at the University of Florida are pioneering the study of a new use for umbilical cord blood to treat children with Type I Diabetes. By manipulating cord blood stem cells, scientists discovered the ability of the resulting cells to produce additional insulin. As a result of the study, children with Type I Diabetes who received cord blood stem cell transfusions required less insulin and were better able to regulate blood sugar levels than those who did not receive the transfusions.

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Federal Approval Granted to Stem Cell Research Method

11/5/2008

The FDA’s approval of a trial of Mesenchymal Precursor Cells in the US for patients with hematological malignancies undergoing bone marrow transplants advances the prospects of stem therapy to treat common diseases. Scientists suggest that a transplantation hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells from the bone marrow of a healthy donor can save the lives of patients with damaged and destroyed bone marrow resulting from cancer treatments.

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Stem Cell Researchers Develop Creative, New Approach

11/5/2008

Innovative research on embryonic stem cells at UCLA and Kyoto University represents a major step forward in stem cell research, for scientists have discovered the ability to insert genes into normal cells that return them to their pluripotent state. This essentially reverses the practice of manipulating embryonic cells in order to create stem cells. Should doctors and researchers expound upon this research, the resulting pluripotent stem cells will prove essential in repairing and replacing damaged human organs.

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Stem Cell Researchers Moving Closer to a Cure for Parkinson’s

11/3/2008

In Scotland, scientists have been working on turning embryonic stem cells into a specific cell type not found in individuals suffering from Parkinson’s disease. More specifically, researchers strive to coax early-stage embryonic stem cells to form particular neural cells that can eventually be transplanted into Parkinson’s patients. While further studies are needed to confirm these processes, doctors are incredibly optimistic about the potential of stem cells to find a cure for a disease that affects over 120,000 in the United Kingdom.

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Hospital Now Accepts Umbilical Cord Blood Donations

11/3/2008

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Washington is now accepting umbilical cord blood donations in its maternity unit to support the research conducted each day into uses of stem cells in protecting families from various diseases. The donated umbilical cord blood cells will be distributed to patients in the Pacific Northwest region of the nation suffering from damaged and/or destroyed cells, organs, and bone tissue.

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Stem Cells May Eliminate Need for Heart Donors

11/3/2008

Recent research suggests the possibility of scientists to successfully grow replacement organs in labs, potentially removing the need for patients to receive heart tissue donations. Studies conducted also reveal how the combination of stem cell, biomedical, and materials techniques can provide useful and innovative improvements to current stem cell practices and treatment methods.

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Stem Cell Treatment Gives Family Hope of Curing 2-Year Old Son

10/27/2008

In New Zealand, Caleb Turner is one of 7,000 individuals suffering from cerebral palsy. Only two years old, Caleb experiences at least 50 visible strokes every day, and his parents have turned to stem cell therapy in the United States and Mexico to find a cure for their son. Doctors will utilize donated umbilical cord blood in the transplantation that is expected to give Caleb back his childhood.

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Technological Innovations Further Stem Cell Capabilities

10/27/2008

Recent improvements in stem cell technology and research methods continue to make stem cell treatments safer and more accessible than in past years. Now, stem cell transplantations are conducted to restore critical cells in the body that are destroyed by cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and high doses of radiation. Technological innovation has also allowed researchers to collect more stem cell samples from a wide variety of donors, increasing the likelihood that patients will find a match for transplantation.

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Stem Cell Treatment Patient “Has a life now”

10/25/2008

Two years ago, Penny Thomas became the first American to be successfully treated for Parkinson’s disease by undergoing a stem cell transplant in Beijing. The procedure consisted of a transplantation of 3 million stem cells into Thomas’s brain. Now, she says the procedure has given her a life back and has allowed her to enjoy the natural beauty of her home state of Hawaii.

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Australian Horse Resumes Training After Stem Cell Transplant

10/25/2008

El Segundo, a race horse in Australia, has successfully begun retraining following a successful stem cell transplant. Roughly one year ago, the national hero suffered a torn tendon that was repaired by stem cells extracted from his sternum. After adequate training, the horse is expected to return to the racing scene and defend his title at the Cox Plate.

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New Stem Cell Research Facility to be Largest Ever Constructed

10/25/2008

Stanford University announced plans to build the nation’s largest stem cell research facility that will bring together 600 scientists currently working to uncover groundbreaking stem cell therapies. The facility will focus on creating an atmosphere of collaboration, with refined and innovative technology that will allow researchers to communicate and work together to discover new applications of stem cell research.

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Stem Cell Experiment Offers Alternative to Heart Transplants

10/25/2008

Ron Spaulding, a victim of a near-fatal heart attack, decided to take action to cure his weakening heart by participating in a stem cell experiment that has the potential to repair damaged and immature cells. Since undergoing the treatment, Spaulding said that he has experienced steadier breathing and improved health. Doctors profess that treatments such as these could one day eliminate the need for heart transplants.

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Indian Specialists Suggest Stem Cell Therapy to Cure Spinal Cord Damage

10/23/2008

In India, researchers and scientists at the Fortis-Escorts Heart and Super Specialty Hospital are suggesting stem cell therapies that have never before been performed in the area. Doctors believe that the regenerative capabilities of transplanted stem cells have the ability to cure spinal cord injuries and damage that afflict a large number of individuals.

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Growing Prostates from Adult Stem Cells -- But Who Would Want One?

10/22/2008

Researchers report today that they have grown prostate glands—important for reproduction in male mammals—in mice using a single stem cell transplanted from the prostates of donor mice. The findings may pave the way to new therapies for prostate cancer, which strikes one in six men in the U.S. Given the ability of stem cells to divide indefinitely, investigators have debated their possible role in the development of the disease. Defining which cells in the prostate are actually stem cells, however, has been difficult.

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Scientists to use stem cells to help save hearts

10/21/2008

Lithuanian scientists are investigation the possibility of using stem cells to help revive a heart that has been damaged by a heart attack. The Lithuanian-language daily Lietuvos Rytas reported that the first stem cells have already been tested on a rabbit named "Roger" at the Lithuanian Veterinary Academy. The scientists are rearing stem cells in laboratories in Vilnius and Kaunas for transplantation in ailing human hearts. "In near future, we will use the patient's stem cells for restoration of the cardiac muscle. After transplantation into a damaged section of heart, it will naturalize, multiply and compensate for the weakened cardiac function," said doctor Arvydas Skeberdis, head of the Cell Culture Laboratory of the Cardiology Institute.

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Stem Cell Science Experts Release Letter Urging US Commitment to ...

10/21/2008

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) joined with other leading scientists to issue an open letter to reiterate the urgent need for U.S. support for all types of stem cell research. The Society is the world's preeminent professional organization of stem cell researchers. The letter is in response to critics who, the authors’ state, are using recent advances in adult stem cell research to advocate for restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. These scientists warn that efforts to favor one arm of stem cell research at the expense of another are based on unsound interpretations of scientific discoveries.

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Stem Cell Researcher Speaks of Discoveries

10/21/2008

Stem cell researcher Dr. Shinya Yamanaka spoke at the Gladstone Institute in San Francisco on October 2, to present a new method for reprogramming skin cells from mice into embryonic-like cells that can differentiate into other types of cells. “If this approach works in human cells, it opens the door to finally generating patient-specific stem cells for therapeutic applications and discovery of disease mechanisms,” said Dr. Deepak Srivastava, director of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease. “This represents a key hurdle in the stem cell field, and Shinya’s discovery may obviate many of the ethical concerns surrounding human embryonic stem cell research.”

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Innovation and Strong Therapeutic Potential Seen in Adult Stem Cells

10/21/2008

An increased number of diseases that are either incurable or difficult to treat allure clinicians to approach stem cell therapy. Highly prized, due to their therapeutic potential, stem cell therapies are believed to treat a wide variety of diseases. Stem cell research has progressed at a fast pace; however; both adult and embryonic stem cells have their own unique challenges that must be overcome before therapies make it to the market. Adult stem cell therapies were traditionally thought to have poor therapeutic potential because they could only be produced in limited quantities or as needed. Now adult stem cells have the potential to become standardized, pre-made therapies that can be mass produced.

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Parents raising cash to take baby for stem cell treatment in China

10/20/2008

Born with optic nerve hypoplasia, Kenidee Benton only knows her parents by the pitch of their voices and the unique contours of their faces. Optic nerve hypoplasia is a congenital condition that causes the underdevelopment of optic nerves. After her diagnosis, Kenidee's American doctors gave her young parents little reason to hope. That was before the Bentons learned about an experimental treatment thousands of miles across the world - one that other parents of children with optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH) says works. At the Beike Biotechnology Clinic in Hangzhou, China, parents have told Kenidee's grandparents that their children have been injected with multiple courses of umbilical stem cells in their spines and, as a result, regained some of their vision. Now Kenidee’s parents are trying to raise $75,000 to take her to China for umbilical cord stem cell treatments in an effort to restore some of her vision.

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Fat-Producing Stem Cells May Harbor Obesity Cure

10/19/2008

Experiments on mice have led to the identification of stem cells that can produce fat, say researchers. Experts at The Rockefeller University in New York say that though they have yet to determine that the cells can renew themselves, transplants of the progenitor cells isolated from the fat tissue of normal mice can restore normal fat tissue in animals that are otherwise lacking it. “In obesity, there is an increase in fat cell number. The question is: what are the events that lead to that increase? You need to know how fat cell number is normally regulated to know what goes wrong in obesity. Identifying fat cell precursors is a first step toward understanding this process,” said Matthew Rodeheffer of The Rockefeller University.

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Embryonic Stem Cells Developed from Human Testes

10/16/2008

Recently, scientists in Europe developed a method for creating embryonic-like stem cells from sperm-producing testicular cells to provide an alternative approach to harvesting stem cells. Embryonic stem cells can be utilized to cure common human diseases and the ability to reprogram testicular cells is indicative of the promising potential of ongoing stem cell research to lead to revolutionary treatment options.

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Stem Cell Treatment Restores Sight to Eight Year Old Girl

10/13/2008

Prior to her seven stem cell infusions, Savannah Underwood was told that she would never again be able to see. To cure her blindness, Savannah’s parents took a chance on stem cell transplantation and traveled to China to undergo medical procedures. After her fourth infusion, Savannah already showed remarkable signs of improvement, defying the expectations of both doctors and her family.

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How Cornea Uses Stem Cells to Repair Itself

10/13/2008

A group of researchers in Lausanne, Switzerland have published a study that shows how the cornea uses stem cells to repair itself. Using mouse models, they demonstrate that daily wear and tear on the cornea is repaired from stem cells residing in the corneal epithelium, and that more serious repair jobs require the involvement of other stem cells that migrate from the limbus, a region between the cornea and the conjunctiva—the white part of the eye. The integrity of the cornea, the transparent outer layer of the eye, is critical for vision. Treatment options for millions of people around the world who suffer from partial or complete blindness due to loss of transparency in their corneas normally involve corneal transplants, but more recently, stem cell therapy is becoming an option. During the study, researchers demonstrated that the epithelium of the cornea also contains stem cells, and that these cells have the capacity to generate two different epithelial tissues: corneal (covering

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Stem Cells Could Help Jazmin to Blossom

10/13/2008

A Mom and Dad are pinning their hopes on pioneering stem cell treatment abroad to help their severely disabled daughter. Jazmin Adamson, six, was born with cerebral palsy and cannot speak or sit up on her own. After researching every possible treatment, the Abramsons found stem cell therapy to be a viable option. However, the stem cell treatment is not available in the UK. The Abramsons must travel to Cologne Germany so Jazmin can undergo a stem cell transplant using her own stem cells. Doctors will harvest stem cells from Jazmin's hip which will help repair the damage caused to the muscles which prevents her from controlling her limbs.

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Competitive Spirit Drives DiBernardi's Will to Survive

10/13/2008

Lew DiBernardi had been one of the top soccer players in Western Pennsylvania. Always fit both mentally and physically for any opponent, Dibardi now faces his toughest challenge yet, mantel cell lymphoma, which is cancer of the immune system. Over the past year and a half he has undergone both surgery to remove tumors and a stem cell transplant. Dibemardi’s sister ended being the perfect match for the stem cells, but for the large number of patients who don’t have compatible donors in their families the options for finding a stem cell match may come from finding a donor through the National Marrow Donor Program or from umbilical cord blood drawn from newborn infants and stored for future use.

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Blind Baby Travelling Overseas for Stem Cell Therapy

10/13/2008

10-month-old, Jakob Bielskis, who was born without site, is traveling China from Canada with his parents who hope stem cell therapy will give him some sight. The use of stem cells for this type of treatment is still in early stages of development. Jakob has optic nerve hypoplasia, which means the nerves from his eyes to his brain failed to develop properly in utero. There are no drugs, treatments or surgeries offered in Canada for his condition. Stem cells have the ability to become any type of cell to form skin, bones, organs or other body parts. The therapy is controversial in North America because the best source of stem cells is thought to be from human embryos. However, the doctors in China who perform this procedure derive the stem cells from umbilical cord blood.

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Stem Cells to be Tested for Kidney Repair

10/13/2008

Salt Lake researchers are launching a groundbreaking clinical trial to see if adult stem cell transplants will reverse or prevent kidney failure. If it works, it will be the kind of self-healing everybody has been waiting for. Stem cell transplants have proven successful in animal experiments in Germany and Salt Lake, but now the time has come to start clinical trials in humans. Two patients here have already had the stem cell transplants. Open heart surgery places a lot of stress on the kidneys, patients who have other complications often go into kidney failure. That's why this group has been selected for the clinical trial. A special kind of adult stem cell taken from the bone marrow of living donors will be injected into the blood stream shortly after their heart surgeries. Christof Westenfelder, M.D., the Chief Medical Officer at Allocure, said "These cells, after they read what's going on in the injured organ, then instruct the surviving cells in the injured organ to defend themse

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Banking Stem Cells Promote Safety for Future Generations

10/13/2008

Despite some uncertainty surrounding stem cell research, increasing amounts of people are viewing stem cell banking as an extra step that they can take to protect their children from fatal diseases. More and more parents are beginning to see stem cell storage as much more than a medical process—it is an emotional one that gives families added protection and insurance should their loved ones face any medical emergencies.

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Civic-Run Hospital in India Offers Stem Cell Therapy

10/13/2008

The civic-run Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital inaugurated the state’s first Stem Cell Genetic Research Centre on Tuesday. “Of the eight patients to whom we have provided the stem cell treatment, six have shown positive results,” said Dr Prerna Badhe, stem cell consultant at the hospital. Sunderlal was one of those patients. Eight years after a spinal cord injury, Sunderlal was paralyzed completely. He found hope in the stem cell therapy and regained sensation in his lower limbs after the treatment. Like Sunderlal, there are 200 other patients waiting to undergo therapy at the hospital. The center is now equipped with both machinery and technical expertise to treat patients with spinal cord injury, brain injury, and many other neurological disorders. Stem cell therapy is a promising treatment to cure diabetes (especially type I) by rejuvenating pancreatic insulin. Stem cell therapy also shows promise to cure cardiac problems, Parkinson’s disease, eye injury, macular degenerat

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Stem Cell Research Reaches Out to Human Patients

10/13/2008

While China has invested in stem cell research and clinical trials involving humans, the United States continues to conduct its testing of stem cell treatments only with animals. In an effort to speed up the research process, residents of the United States are beginning to travel overseas to participate in clinical trials. As this is occurring, medical professionals suggest that America is almost at the tipping point of including humans in the testing of treatments for stem cells and spinal cord injuries.

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Reduced-Intensity Allogenic Stem Cell Treatments Effective for Treating Low-Grade Lymphoma

10/13/2008

Recent stem cell research indicates that reduced-intensity allogenic stem cell treatments can be effective in treating low-grade and follicular lymphoma. Unlike allogenic stem cell treatments of regular intensity, the low-intensity method reduces the treatment-related mortality rate, providing a greater survival rate for individuals with low-grade lymphoma.

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Stem Cells Show Potential for Vascular Regeneration

10/13/2008

Recent research conducted in mice indicates that vascular stem cell transplants can lead to improved functionality of the ischemic brain after suffering a stroke. The research suggests the potential for human stem cells to improve functionality and minimize damage in the brain after life-threatening cerebral artery occlusions.

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High School Teenager Fights His Way to a Normal Life

10/13/2008

Trey DesJardin is a high school senior from Indiana who has battled far greater obstacles than most people have to deal with in a lifetime. During his sophomore year, Trey was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and was worried he would have to stop playing football forever, one of his many passions. Refusing to stop fighting, Trey underwent a stem cell transplant that has left Trey and his family optimistic for an active and promising future.

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Researchers Investigate Ability of Stem Cells to Cure Deafness

10/13/2008

Ongoing stem cell research reveals the potential for these cells to cure fatal diseases such as: leukemia, Parkinson’s, and lymphoma, but they also demonstrate the ability to treat other life-altering conditions such as deafness. The latest research by Deafness Research UK involves transforming stem cells into normal “hair” cells, which are absent in individuals with severe hearing loss.

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Stem Cell Reprogramming Takes Another Step Forward

10/12/2008

Dr. Yamanaka of Kyoto University continues to advance the field of stem cell research and has recently developed a method of reprogramming adult stem cells to embryonic stem cells that does not involve the injection of a virus. The elimination of a cancer-causing oncogene, or virus in this process reduces the risk to of activating or deactivating critical host genes and improves the safety of the transformation process.

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Cord Blood Banking Saves Families

10/9/2008

For years, stem cell research and the benefits of cord blood banking have attracted the attention of parents looking to protect themselves and their children from over 70 diseases. The non-invasive techniques utilized in preserving umbilical cord blood can help treat common diseases such as: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and spinal cord injuries.

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Scientists Create Stem Cell Breakthrough

10/9/2008

Scientists have helped to develop molecular tools that can transform stem cells into other forms of tissue. The groundbreaking research will be used in drug development programs and could also help reduce the number of animals used in research. Stem cells are a special type of cell that has the ability to renew other cells in the body. Stem cell scientists are discovering ways to re-program these stem cells to become different tissue types of the body. The collaborative team of scientists from Durham University's Stockton campus and the North East England Stem Cell Institute (NESCI) has developed two synthetic molecules to coax stem cells to transform into other forms of tissue.

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Stem Cell Research Suggests Cure for Diabetes

10/9/2008

Stem cell researchers at the University of Edinburgh have suggested that stem cells can be transformed into liver and pancreatic cells to provide a potential cure for a disease that affects a large proportion of the world’s population. The use of stem cells to treat Diabetes will reduce patients’ dependence on insulin injections and these cells can be purified to eliminate the creation of tumors that currently result from many stem cell transplants.

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Stem Cell Breakthrough in Spinal Cord Injury Repair

10/9/2008

Researchers from Rochester, N.Y., and Colorado have revealed that manipulating stem cells prior to transplantation may lead to improved spinal cord repair methods. When nerve fibers are injured in the spinal cord, the severed ends of the nerve fibers fail to regenerate and reconnect with the nervous system circuitry beyond the site of the injury. During early development, the astrocytes cells of the brain and spine are highly supportive of nerve fiber growth, and scientists believe that if properly directed, these cells could play a key role in regenerating damaged nerves in the spinal cord. Rather than transplanting naive stem cells, the team has adopted an approach of pre-differentiating stem cells into better-defined populations of these brain cells. These stem cells are then selected for their ability to promote recovery.

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How blood from babies' umbilical cords can save the life of other ...

10/9/2008

After being diagnosed with leukemia three years ago, Lita Jempson underwent five courses of chemotherapy. It was harsh, but the disease went into remission. Then last year, at the age of 39, the cancer returned. Doctors had hoped for a bone marrow donor, but none could be found. Five months ago, Lita was offered a cutting-edge treatment using a special type of blood - taken from a newborn's umbilical cord. Over the past decade, cord blood therapy has started to transform the treatment of blood disorders such as leukemia.

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Stem Cell Find May Replace Bionic Ear

10/9/2008

Bryony Coleman, at the Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne Australia, is conducting world-first research into the potential of using stem cells to regenerate the nerves that connect the ear to the brain. If successful, the stem cell technique could be used to improve the quality of hearing in people with cochlear implants — and one day it may even help restore hearing to those who are totally deaf.

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Stem Cells: Small wonders

10/9/2008

Chloe Levine was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age one. At that time, her right side was nearly paralyzed. A year later, she can say her nickname and is walking normally and jumping on beds. An experimental stem-cell procedure, using her own stem cells, helped improve the toddler’s mobility. The experimental stem cell procedure again expanded the remarkable range of bodily failures that stem cells can repair. At birth, the Levine’s decided to bank Chloe’s umbilical cord blood as an added safety measure. "Two things I've always worried about for my family are car accidents and cancer," Levine said. "You can get car insurance and health insurance for those, but cord blood is another kind of insurance because the stem cells can help in car accidents, cancer and a lot of other problems."

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Stem Cell Research Becomes Major Issue in Political Race

10/9/2008

Both Senators Barack Obama and John McCain have expressed their own views on the future of stem cell research and voters continue to evaluate those beliefs before heading to the polls in November. Umbilical cord blood stem cells have shown the potential to cure a variety of diseases, and further research will only expand the possibilities of saving lives and protecting the health of families around the nation.

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Stem Cells Help Transition Into Old Age

10/8/2008

As individuals grow older, many experience a deterioration of their gut cells, which leads to the failure of the body to replenish the gut wall and can ultimately cause intestinal cancer. Stem cell research has led scientists to explore the process involved in regulating, monitoring, and stimulating the transformation of adult stem cells into mature gut cells to reduce the occurrence of intestinal cancer in older people.

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Stem Cells Help Patients Overcome Cerebral Palsy

10/7/2008

Approximately 75,000 people in America suffer from Cerebral Palsy, with more and more cases being diagnosed every day. Recent stem cell research provides hope for these patients. 2-year old Chloe Levine has experienced first-hand the ability of stem cells to provide cures for the most common and destructive disease affecting both adults and children.

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Bernese Mountain dog treated with stem cells in Santa Cruz back to leaping from pickup truck

9/21/2008

Stem cell therapy is gaining popularity in veterinary medicine. Crystal Myers, the owner of Cooper, a Bernese Mountain dog, was given the options of replacement surgery or amputation for her 2-year-old pet who suffered from an arthritic joint. She decided she wouldn't settle without finding a third opinion. After weeks of research, she discovered a veterinary clinic that was willing to give stem cell treatment a shot. Cooper underwent the regenerative surgery in early August and within days he was putting most of his weight back on his arthritic joint. Cooper, who was the first dog to be treated with stem cells at the Santa Cruz Westside Animal Hospital, went from having an arthritic joint to being able to leap in and out of a Ford F-150 pickup with the tailgate still up.

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Now, Women Can Bank on 'Monthly Miracle' for Future Stem Cell Treatment

8/16/2008

Women in the city of Chennai will soon have the option of banking their menstrual blood so that it can be used for treatment of serious disorders through stem cell therapy. LifeCell International, in technology partnership with Cryo-Cell International, will set up the facility, which will be the first to store menstrual blood in the country. Menstrual blood contains millions of stem cells that have many properties and characteristics similar to those of stem cells found in bone marrow and embryos. These stem cells exhibit capabilities for self-renewal and multi-potency," says LifeCell International Executive Director, Mayur Abhaya. The biggest advantage of menstrual blood, according to LifeCell Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Ajit Kumar, is that it can be easily harvested in a painless, non-invasive manner. "And it also extends the scope of stem cell therapy to a larger section of the people. Cord blood is an option open to only those who are pregnant or those planning babies," says Dr.

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Will Intra-osseous Injection of Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells Reduce Graft Failures?

8/15/2008

Researchers from Italy have reported that the injection of umbilical cord blood stem cells directly into the pelvic bones of patients with leukemia appears promising. Transplantation of bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cells, and umbilical cord blood stem cells is accomplished by intravenous infusion. The original studies of human bone marrow transplantation were carried out by direct infusion into bone marrow spaces. However, this approach was abandoned as there was no advantage in speed or rate of engraftment over intravenous infusion. Since the early days of transplantation, there have been sporadic attempts to evaluate intra-osseous infusion of stem cells, but no advantage over intravenous infusion was ever found. The reason for this is thought to be that direct infusion of stem cells into the marrow cavity is in fact identical to intra-arterial or intra-venous infusion, and most stem cells enter the general circulation before homing into marrow spaces throughout the body.

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Stem Cell Treatment Aids Walker

8/15/2008

Just over a month ago attorney Teresa Walker Mason, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Walker and Joyce N. Walker, began her medical quest to Qingdao, China, to receive stem cell treatments not available in the United States. The debilitating and deadly hereditary condition she was diagnosed with a year ago, at age 39, is Olivopontocerebellar atrophy, a specific form of the neurological condition Ataxia. There is no precise treatment for her condition; therefore, Mason sought treatment at a Chinese hospital that uses stem cells obtained from umbilical cords from live births. Mason said while she has experienced immediate results from the treatments, her doctors in China indicate that it will take two to six months for the stems cells to effectively synchronize with her existing cells. She said there are noticeable improvements, although she still feels herself trembling a little when she is tired, and her gait is not completely smooth.

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Stem Cell Awareness and the Important of Umbilical Cord Blood Banking

8/14/2008

Dr. Joshua Hare, who leads the University of Miami's new Stem Cell Institute, believes medicine is close to a goal long thought to be impossible, healing the human heart. The solution? Stem cells. "These could be as big as antibiotics were in the last century," said Hare. "Stem cells have the potential to have that kind of impact. Diseases like heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, liver failure — we will be able to transition them into things you live with." Stem cells, only one-thousandth the size of a grain of sand, are the master cells of the body, the source from which all other cells are created.

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Stem Cells in Baby's Own Amniotic Fluid Used to Help Form New Organ Tissues

8/14/2008

A team of researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina has extracted stem cells from amniotic fluid that have been found able to grow new organ tissue. This could be used, the scientists say, to treat newborns with serious health problems diagnosed in utero. The technique of creating tissue from amniotic fluid and placental stem cells, said Dr. Anthony Atala, could potentially work to cure "any abnormality that would not be lethal before a baby is born." Similar to embryonic stem cells (ESC), AFS cells, like those derived from umbilical cord blood, are "pluripotent," meaning they can potentially be manipulated to become many different types of mature tissues while avoiding not only the killing of embryonic human beings to obtain them, but also the problem of tumor formation immune system rejection. Dr. Atala has also said they are slightly easier to deal with and manipulate in animal trials, than ESC.

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New Discovery Marks a Step Forward in Stem Cell Research

8/10/2008

A team of scientists from Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the University of Washington, have produced a library of stem cells based on ordinary skin and bone marrow cells from patients. They say they plan to share the discovery with other stem cell researchers. A new laboratory has been created to serve as a repository for the stem cells, and to distribute them to other scientists researching the diseases.

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Intrabone Administration Of Unrelated Cord Blood Cells Is Successful In Enabling More Patients With Acute Leukemia To Undergo Stem Cell Transplantation

8/10/2008

Advancements in intrabone injections of stem cells from umbilical cord blood show signs of reduced grafting issues and graft-versus-host disease. Cord blood transplantation is an effective treatment for haematological malignancies, but only a small number of adult patients can undergo this procedure due to the high proportion of graft failures that occur and the high incidence of graft-versus-host disease that follows. According to findings, this technique of intrabone injection of umbilical cord blood cells is potentially useful in a large number of adult patients with acute leukemia.

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Umbilical Cord Blood from a French Newborn a Savior for Teen

8/9/2008

Stem cell therapy with stored umbilical cord blood could have saved the life of a once desperately sick Australian teenager. After failing to find a bone marrow match, a one in 70 million shot, doctors decided there was no option but to use stem cells from the cord blood of a baby recently listed on an international register. This ended months of uncertainty for the Woodvale teen, who has had a rare blood disorder, which recently turned into a time-bomb with a risk of becoming deadly leukemia.

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Bright Future for Leukemia Girl After Stem Cell Treatment

8/9/2008

Every time three-year-old Bethanie Thomson looks at her little brother, she will be staring at the boy who saved her life. The young leukemia sufferer is recovering after receiving a life-saving stem cell transplant from her baby brother – without which she would have faced certain death. Bethanie was diagnosed with leukemia when she was just six months old. After fighting off the disease long enough to learn to walk and to start enjoying a normal childhood, she relapsed at age two – just before her little brother Joshua was born. Using blood rich in stem cells from Joshua’s umbilical cord, doctors were able to perform the life saving stem cell transplant. Now Bethanie is on the road to recovery.

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Adult Stem Cells Greatly Accelerate Bone Regeneration in Australian Trial

8/8/2008

Stem cells have helped to accelerate the healing of severe leg fractures in Australian trials. The research involved five men and four women who had suffered the worst type of compound bone fractures in serious road accidents, some of whom still could not walk up to 41 months after their accidents. In the procedure, bone marrow stem cells are harvested from the patient's pelvis in a non-invasive day procedure using a needle. The stem cells are cultivated in a laboratory until they have divided to create 15 billion stem cells over six weeks. Surgeons then applied the stem cells directly to the fractures. One patient in the trial, 36 year-old Anthony Giancola, was walking the following day.

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NY Stem Cell Foundation Plays Critical Role In Major New ALS Research

8/3/2008

In a breakthrough discovery, Dr. Kevin Eggan, Chief Scientific Officer of The New York Stem Cell Foundation and Principal Faculty Member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, has produced human stem cell lines from the cells of patients afflicted with a version of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The work, published in the on-line edition of the journal Science, is a major step toward scientists' belief that stem cell research will eventually make it possible to treat patients suffering from chronic diseases with stem cell-based treatments created from their own cells.

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Researchers Able to Reprogram Stem Cells to Treat Lou Gehrig’s disease

8/3/2008

Scientists at Harvard University and Columbia University found a new technique for reprogramming stem cells which permitted them to grow neurons from cell samples that had been donated by individuals suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, also called ALS. The finding, which is definitely an important step forward in stem cell research, may trigger to an understanding of how the Lou Gehrig’s disease develops.

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Stem Cell Treatment Breakthrough for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)

8/2/2008

A new technique for reprogramming cells has allowed scientists to grow neurons from cell samples donated by people suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) that genetically match the bad cells in the spinal cords of ALS patients. This breakthrough may lead to an understanding of how the disease develops and further advancement in stem cell therapy. Stem cells have the capability of developing into various cell types in the body and can act as a repair system within the body. The stem cells can continue to divide and replace other cells in the body as long as the body lives. Stem cells divide and each new cell can remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a specialized function.

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Umbilical Cords a Source of Stem Cells

7/31/2008

Umbilical cords are usually discarded after birth, but stem cells can be extracted from their blood and kept in cold storage to later be used to help regenerate tissue such as bone marrow, making the stem cells important for treating illnesses. Because the stem cells are from the recipient, there is no wait for a donor and theoretically no rejection risk.

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Teen to receive Stem Cell Transplant Treatment

7/31/2008

Cedric Hopkins, a nineteen-year old from Fredericksburg, Virginia, recently received word from his doctors that he can have a transplant using the umbilical cord blood stem cells of a newborn baby instead of bone marrow stem cells. Hopkins, diagnosed with stage four non-Hodgkins lymphoma in August 2007, was slated to receive a bone marrow transplant twice earlier this year, but doctors were unable to find a match. However, Hopkins recently received word from his doctors that he can have a transplant using the umbilical cord blood stem cells of a newborn baby instead.

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Cord Blood Stem Cells Help Treat Toddler with Cerebral Palsy

7/28/2008

Two months after the Pinetop, Arizona toddler, Chloe Levine, was infused with stem cells from her own umbilical-cord blood, Levine has made a 50 percent recovery and is walking, running and able to use her right hand. Umbilical-cord blood was used to treat 2-year-old Chloe Levine, who was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that prevented her from using the right side of her body.

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Parents Banking on Younger Sibling’s Cord Blood Stem Cells to Treat Older Son

7/26/2008

Monique and Sean O’Neill, parents of five year old Liam O’Neill, who was diagnosed at birth with cystic fibrosis, made the decision to bank Liam’s younger brother Lenny’s umbilical cord blood in hopes the recent developments in the stem cell therapy could help in treating Liam’s disease. Now the New Zealand youngster will take part in a stem cell research project aimed at finding a therapy to treat his disease.

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Researchers Achieve Breakthrough In Growing Human Blood Vessels In Mice

7/18/2008

Research is paving the way for stem cell therapy as a way to repair blood-deprived regions of organs that have been damaged by heart attacks and other conditions. Researchers withdrew stem cells from the blood or bone marrow of adults or the umbilical cord blood of newborns. The cells were combined with two different types of progenitor cells in a culture dish of nutrients and growth factors. The cells were then implanted into mice with weakened immune systems.

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Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells May Be Used to Treat Hepatitis

7/11/2008

Research performed by scientists in Grenada and Leon suggests that stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood have the potential to cure various hepatic diseases such as hepatitis. These studies introduce critical treatment methods for such illnesses other than liver transplants, which have become increasingly difficult to perform due to a lack of donors. According to a scientific paper to be published in the journal “Cell Transplantation,” human umbilical cord blood cells are useful for hepatic regenerative medicine, as they are capable of nesting in the liver after carrying out a xenotransplant from human to rat.

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Cryo-Cell Launches Virtual Broadcast Center With Presentation of “The Discovery of C’elleSM: Novel Adult Stem Cell Found in Menstrual Blood”

7/10/2008

C’elle Virtual Broadcast Center Launches on July 10th at 12 noon EDT; Ground-Breaking Stem Cell Research and Introduction of C’elle, the Innovative New Service to Preserve Stem Cells Found in Menstrual Blood to be Showcased

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The Scots Boy Saved From Leukemia by Spanish Baby's Stem Cells

7/7/2008

Once chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant had failed, stem cell therapy was the last hope for young Jordan Harden. Leukemia was attacking Jordan's blood cells and killing him. After receiving a stem cell transplant which involved stem cells from the umbilical cord blood of a baby in Spain, Jordan, now 3, is recovering with his family in Scotland and growing healthier by the day.

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Stem Cell Research Provides Insight into Breast Cancer Cures

7/3/2008

Researchers at the B.C. Cancer Agency have begun to investigate the benefits of examining genes found in some stem cells that act as cancer “factories”, speeding up the spread of tumors throughout the body. Studies of these genes located in normal stem cells may allow scientists to inhibit and eventually eliminate the development of cancerous stem cells, which are the cause of one of the most destructive diseases affecting women today.

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Nerve Cells Made from Stem Cells Successfully Transplanted

6/30/2008

Researchers at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla, CA have for the first time converted stem cells to nerve cells, and implanted them into mice. The scientists involved report this being a major stem in moving forward with stem cell based research and stem cell therapies.

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Adult Stem Cells to Treat ALS

6/29/2008

A unique study developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver has revealed safe methods for utilizing bone-marrow stem cells to slow the development of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The disease currently has no cure, but recent scientific developments suggest that stem cell stimulators can potentially improve the body’s repair system without creating adverse effects for ALS patients.

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