Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplant May Help Lung, Heart Disorders

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

Science Daily reports that two separate studies published in the current issue of Cell Transplantation have shown that human-derived umbilical cord blood (UCB) stem cells transplanted in an animal model had positive therapeutic effects on specific lung and heart disorders.

"These two studies add to the plethora of potential uses for UBC, ranging from possible treatments for neurological disorders, such as stroke and Alzheimer's disease to Diabetes, and now the repair of damaged heart and lungs," commented Section Editor Dr. Julio Voltarelli, professor of clinical medicine and clinical immunology in the Head, Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit at the University Hospital (Hospital das Clínicas), University of São Paulo, Brazil.


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