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Amazing first: leukemia patient completely cured with cord blood stem cells
LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/26/10 | Matthew Hoffman

Posted on 11/27/2010 2:02:25 PM PST by wagglebee

BERLIN, November 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Doctors associated with the German umbilical cord blood bank Vita 34 say that they have cured a child’s leukemia completely using an infusion of stem cells from umbilical cord blood.

The procedure was reportedly performed in 2005 on a four-year-old girl whose chemotherapy treatment had failed and who had a prognosis of only three months to live.  The procedure was possible because the parents had decided to preserve their child’s umbilical cord blood at the time of birth.

After continuous monitoring of the child for five years now, with no sign of leukemia cells in her blood, doctors say that they have confirmed that the treatment worked.

“Seventy-five months have passed and we can speak of a cure with certainty,” said Eberhard Lampeter of Vita 34.

According to the Chilean newspaper La Tercera, this is the first case in the world of a child cured of leukemia by her own stem cells. In most cases the child’s umbilical cord blood is not available, and the stem cells of close family members must be used.

The new treatment is the latest in a long string of hundreds of successes in the science of stem cell treatments that use mature cells rather than embryonic stem cells.  Embryonic stem cell treatments, which destroy a human life, have never been proven effective in any medical treatment to date. Treatments with mature stem cells do not cause harm to the donor of the cells.

Stem cell pioneer Dr. Colin McGuckin recently told LifeSiteNews that, despite amazing success with umbilical cord blood treatments, it remains difficult to obtain funding for research because of the “cult of celebrity” in science, which rewards controversial research over research that is truly effective in saving lives.

“People aren’t talking about cord blood because it’s not controversial,” McGuckin told LSN. “Consequently, it does not make headlines and therefore researchers who want to use the cells from cord blood do not receive funding.”



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: leukemia; moralabsolutes; prolife; stemcells
The new treatment is the latest in a long string of hundreds of successes in the science of stem cell treatments that use mature cells rather than embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cell treatments, which destroy a human life, have never been proven effective in any medical treatment to date.

And that is why the mainstream media will NEVER report this.

1 posted on 11/27/2010 2:02:32 PM PST by wagglebee
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2 posted on 11/27/2010 2:03:10 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 11/27/2010 2:03:58 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
A B^U^M^P!

Also a THANK YOU to God and a prayer for this thread to grow as it should here on FREE REPUBLIC!!!!!!!!
4 posted on 11/27/2010 2:07:49 PM PST by AKA Elena (St Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle -- and this is war!)
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To: wagglebee
This bears repeating and repeating!!!!!!!

The new treatment is the latest in a long string of hundreds of successes in the science of stem cell treatments that use mature cells rather than embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cell treatments, which destroy a human life, have never been proven effective in any medical treatment to date.
5 posted on 11/27/2010 2:12:48 PM PST by AKA Elena (St Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle -- and this is war!)
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To: wagglebee

A 35 year old friend had leukemia. They gave him his brothers’ cells. It worked. He has curly hair now....like his brother.


6 posted on 11/27/2010 2:14:00 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: wagglebee
For all the FR Bush-bashers, just remember how he was continually ridiculed for being anti-science because of his stance on embryonic stem cell research.

The man at least needs to get the credit he deserves.

7 posted on 11/27/2010 2:15:27 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: wagglebee

My father in law was successfully treated and cured of Mantel cell Lymphoma using his own blood stem cells.

Praise God!


8 posted on 11/27/2010 2:18:08 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: AKA Elena

I’ve seen news of treatments for eye diseases that use embryonic stem cells, however the stem cell comes from an embryo with eight cells and removing one cell does not kill it.


9 posted on 11/27/2010 2:19:46 PM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man
For all the FR Bush-bashers, just remember how he was continually ridiculed for being anti-science because of his stance on embryonic stem cell research.

The chapter in GWB's new book on stem cells is terrific, especially when he explains the process he went through in order to become informed before making his decision. He is a very thoughtful, thorough, moral person, completely unlike what is in the White House now.

10 posted on 11/27/2010 2:22:14 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: wagglebee

Link no workee.

My wife died at 28 from breast cancer and I follow cancer advances very close. I have always believed the cure would be based on our body’s natural system - i.e. stem cells in cord blood.

I am waiting for Imam Obozo to loudly denounce his previous stance on the slaughter of life...... (cue crickets...)


11 posted on 11/27/2010 2:28:28 PM PST by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: AKA Elena
The ONLY reason the media continues to push embryonic stem cell research is because they believe it creates a safeguard for abortion.

The irony is that there has NEVER been a ban on private corporations spending their own money on embryonic stem cell research, but they DON'T even though they DO spend billions on adult stem cell research.

12 posted on 11/27/2010 2:29:28 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: newfreep
Which link didn't work?
13 posted on 11/27/2010 2:34:05 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Yes. The media are so desperate to legitimize abortions that they will predictably cover this up. And leftist governments will refuse to fund it.

Never mind that many lives could be saved, patients like this girl as well as babies. That doesn’t matter to those ideologues. Not in the least.


14 posted on 11/27/2010 2:39:05 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: wagglebee

And, you can get a lot more stem cells from an umbilical cord than you can from an embryo.


15 posted on 11/27/2010 2:46:01 PM PST by reg45
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To: wagglebee

bookmark


16 posted on 11/27/2010 2:55:37 PM PST by i_dont_chat ("The Jihadists are coming!" "The Jihadists are coming!" In my best Paul Revere imitation.)
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To: wagglebee
The ONLY reason the media continues to push embryonic stem cell research is because they believe it creates a safeguard for abortion.

You got that right.

17 posted on 11/27/2010 2:57:38 PM PST by mtg
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To: wagglebee

Excellent news! I wonder how one goes about saving their child’s umbilical cord. The cost. Where it’s kept, etc. If this is doable for people financially, it sure seems a great idea.


18 posted on 11/27/2010 2:58:32 PM PST by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: mlizzy
As far as I know, it's a fairly simple process and the cells can be saved for just a few thousand dollars (most of the cost is for long-term storage).
19 posted on 11/27/2010 3:02:14 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: mlizzy

I think it runs about $5000.00 initially and about $1000.00/yr after that .


20 posted on 11/27/2010 3:07:22 PM PST by Renegade
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To: Renegade

http://cordblood.com/

I recall $3K upfront - and it’s no more than $100 a year to maintain. We stored our first of two child’s CB. We figured if the second child, or even a parent needed it, there it is.

I expected we’d hear more of this kind of success by now. But any success is good progress. I hope this type of research continues and more people store CB. It’s really easy.


21 posted on 11/27/2010 3:20:56 PM PST by ri4dc (Break Wind for the TSA and Flush Twice in 2012)
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To: wagglebee

the girl was 4 at the time of treatment. How could they preserve the cord cells for 4 years? The fact that nothing is said about it makes me suspicious of this article.


22 posted on 11/27/2010 3:42:20 PM PST by 1955Ford
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To: wagglebee

Sorry, I hadn’t read the preceding posts, which answered my question


23 posted on 11/27/2010 3:46:59 PM PST by 1955Ford
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To: 1955Ford

iirc, the cells are frozen or suspended in a special solution indefinitely.

red blood cells can be stored for many years, at least 10


24 posted on 11/27/2010 4:03:58 PM PST by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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To: 1955Ford

It is stored in liquid nitrogen.

Same way they store semen for artificial insemination which they have been doing with cows for many years.

BTW I have 3 G kids who have theirs stored. (Just in case since their other grandfather died of leukemia)


25 posted on 11/27/2010 4:08:51 PM PST by DelaWhere (Better to be prepared one year early than one day late!)
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To: wagglebee

WebMD has some straight talk on saving cord blood

http://www.webmd.com/baby/should-i-bank-my-babys-umbilical-cord-blood#tn10338

They say that cord blood banks oversell their services, that cord blood is useful in only a tiny number of cases.

They say that a child with leukemia shouldn’t use her own cord blood cells because they may have the same genetic defect that caused leukemia in the first place.


26 posted on 11/27/2010 4:16:34 PM PST by 1955Ford
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To: wagglebee
This miraculous cure required the deaths of exactly zero children.

Go back and do it again until it starts requiring infanticide, or it will never get Federal funding or media attention.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

27 posted on 11/27/2010 4:24:10 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: 1955Ford
WebMD also takes a fairly favorable view of abortion and a very favorable view of embryonic stem cells, it's no surprise that they downplay the significance of adult stem cells.
28 posted on 11/27/2010 4:32:55 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Thank you, God, for this provision!! Wow, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these cells.


29 posted on 11/27/2010 4:48:30 PM PST by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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Thanks waggs!


30 posted on 11/27/2010 5:17:20 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: wagglebee

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2632764/posts


31 posted on 11/27/2010 5:33:40 PM PST by bigheadfred (mind like a steel trap---rusted shut...)
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To: The Comedian

“Go back and do it again until it starts requiring infanticide, or it will never get Federal funding or media attention”

Until a rival nation starts doing it and all their scientists start getting Nobel Prizes.


32 posted on 11/27/2010 6:15:49 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

I EXPECT Conservative people to do what Bush did. Who on the right is denying him credit?


33 posted on 11/27/2010 6:18:05 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Your next chance like this? About 2044. Vote popularity and don't waste time with the details.)
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To: ri4dc
Glad to hear it, I wish people would do this more often.

Cord blood has the advantage that it is less likely to give rise to "graft-vs.-host disease" where the donated blood products / marrow / stem cells try to mount an immune response against the patient receiving the donation.

Disadvantage is you almost always have to freeze and store, in hopes a match will work; and the smaller volume.

("In Soviet Russia, organ rejects YOU!")...

Cheers!

34 posted on 11/27/2010 6:34:07 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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