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Umbilical cord blood could hold clue to preventing type 1 diabetes

Freezing a specific type of white blood cell from an umbilical cord could hold the answer to preventing type 1 diabetes, researchers have said.  A team from the University of Florida Health wanted to explore the process of freezing the cord and how it could help find future treatments for type 1 diabetes. This process is already used for parents to preserve cells which could potentially…

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Major Lupus Stem Cell Study Receives Funding

The Lupus Foundation of America recently announced  it will provide $3.8 million in funding over the next five years to support the first-of-its-kind clinical trial in the United States to evaluate Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) as a treatment for lupus. The innovative study is led by Gary Gilkeson, M.D., and Diane Kamen, M.D., of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and marks…

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Fresh hope cord blood can ace liver disease

​Umbilical cord blood stem cells are to be used in a new treatment for the liver disease that claimed the life of a top British tennis star. Elena Baltacha, a former British number one was just 30 when she lost a decade-long battle with liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis (PCS). It’s a disease of…

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Cord blood helps after heart failure

Umbilical cord blood could provide a lifesaving treatment for heart failure patients, a new study has found. The report from the American Heart Association, published in September 2017, revealed that stem cells from cord blood boosted patients’ heart function when administered. Experts are hopeful that the study could improve the lives of the 37 million…

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Big gains after using cord blood for autism

Over 70% of children showed impressive improvements in autism symptoms and behaviours after re-infusion with their own stored cord blood. These results, from a Phase 1 trial at Duke University in North Carolina, have given hope to parents of children with autism, including one young Canadian boy. Click here to read the full study, published…

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Cord blood better than bone marrow

Every day, six New Zealanders are diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Increasingly. stem cells from cord blood are being used to treat blood cancer instead of bone marrow transplants.

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New hope in the shadow of multiple sclerosis

MS isn’t strictly a hereditary disease but it is linked to genetics and that’s why MS sufferer Georgia Woods preserved her sons’ cord blood. she’s planning to protect their future from the debilitating effects of MS.

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