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  • Stem Cells Help Md. Boy With Cerebral Palsy To Walk

    11/08/2012 11:55:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies ^ | November 8, 2012 | Adam May
    EASTERN SHORE, Md. (WJZ) — The miracle of stem cells changes the life of a little boy from the Eastern Shore. Adam May has the amazing story of a mother and the choice she made moments after her son was born. Xander McKinley was a beautiful baby–but challenging. The newborn didn’t eat or sleep well, and by two-years-old, he couldn’t walk or even crawl. “Something just wasn’t right,” said Xander’s mother, Jennifer McKinley. Jennifer McKinley got the news every parent fears. Xander had cerebral palsy–a brain condition that slows motor functions. Adam: “Did you ever fear he would never have...
  • Stem-cell pioneer banks on future therapies - Japanese researcher plans cache of induced stem...

    08/10/2012 12:29:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Nature News ^ | 07 August 2012 | David Cyranoski
    Japanese researcher plans cache of induced stem cells to supply clinical trials. Progress toward stem-cell therapies has been frustratingly slow, delayed by research challenges, ethical and legal barriers and corporate jitters. Now, stem-cell pioneer Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University in Japan plans to jump-start the field by building up a bank of stem cells for therapeutic use. The bank would store dozens of lines of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, putting Japan in an unfamiliar position: at the forefront of efforts to introduce a pioneering biomedical technology. A long-held dream of Yamanaka’s, the iPS Cell Stock project received a boost...
  • Stem cell confusion could have dire affects

    01/21/2012 8:31:44 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies ^ | 01.18.12 | Donald Hudspeth
    When you hear the term “stem cells”, what comes to mind? Religious controversy? Ethical debate? embryonic stem cell research? These associations are common, and unfortunately could be limiting how often stem cells are donated for use as a life-saving transplant. Many people equate stem cells with embryonic stem cell research but non-embryonic (or adult) stem cells are different and they’re used every day in modern medicine to save lives. Furthermore, to date, embryonic stem cells have not been used for many human therapeutic purposes.Nearly everyone knows someone that has had or needed a bone marrow transplant, but did you know...
  • Milestone: First Adult Stem Cells Made That Work in the Brain

    01/21/2012 8:00:34 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    Lifenews ^ | 01.18.12 | Barbara Abney
    For the first time ever, stem cells from umbilical cords have been converted into other types of cells, which may eventually lead to new treatment options for spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis, among other nervous system diseases.  “This is the first time this has been done with non-embryonic stem cells,” says James Hickman, a University of Central Florida bioengineer and leader of the research group, whose accomplishment is described in the Jan. 18 issue of the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience.“We’re very excited about where this could lead because it overcomes many of the obstacles present with embryonic stem cells.” ...
  • Parents must donate newborn cord blood

    01/31/2009 9:58:56 PM PST · by Coleus · 10 replies · 728+ views
    Chicago Parenting Examiner ^ | 01.25.09 | Janelle Lanter Brown
    After birth, the umbilical cord and placenta are usually discarded as waste. But, the umbilical cord holds something extremely precious—stem cells. These stem cells have become standard therapy for serious diseases such as leukemia, multiple myeloma, and other immune system diseases (1). These stem cells are valuable because of their ability to develop into almost any type of cell in the body. Parents have two cord blood banking options. The first option is preserving your child’s stem cells in a private bank so the cells are available for the family’s personal use. The initial fees range between $1000-$3000. There are...
  • Event unites a generation of stem cell success

    12/08/2008 2:26:59 PM PST · by Coleus · 10 replies · 531+ views ^ | 12.08.08 | LINDY WASHBURN
    Stephen Sprague was supposed to die 11 years ago. Cynthia Dorsey playing with her son, Caleb, at a recent reunion of stem cell transplant recipients treated in Hackensack. The leukemia patient was preparing for the end when he signed up for a medical experiment. He became one of the first adults in the U.S. to receive a transplant of stem cells from a newborn’s umbilical cord. He was cured. Wendy Favorito received a second chance at life when she had a transplant of her sister’s stem cells. Cynthia Dorsey is alive — and has a baby boy — also thanks...
  • Therapy in China gives blind Ark. girl some sight

    06/14/2008 7:46:06 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 34 replies · 175+ views
    The Cabin ^ | JOANNE BRATTON
    MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — When 9-year-old Kacie Sallee saw her father's face more clearly for the first time in her life, she had a question. "She said, 'Is that what he looks like?'" said her mother, Marinda Sallee. Kacie, who is blind, returned last week from China, where she received umbilical-cord stem cell treatment in hopes of improving her eyesight. The nearly four-week trip and medical treatment was paid through $60,000 in local donations. Kacie was born with septo-optic dysplasia, an underdevelopment of the optic nerve and pituitary gland. She could see bright colors out of her right eye but...
  • Amazing recovery attributed to cord blood (Stem cells from cord blood used to treat cerebral palsy)

    04/21/2008 4:30:27 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 12 replies · 121+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 03/11/2008 | Bob Considine
    Dallas Hextell was already a miracle to parents Cynthia and Derak, after they spent three years trying to get pregnant. But now he is looking like a medical miracle to the rest of the world. The 2-year-old son of the Sacramento, Calif., couple was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but is now showing fewer signs of the disorder and marked improvement after an infusion of his own stem cells — made possible by the preservation of his own cord blood shortly before birth. Derak Hextell now believes his son will be cured of the incurable malady. “[Dallas’ doctors] said by the...
  • China Offers Unproven Medical Treatments

    01/05/2008 12:12:07 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 5 replies · 115+ views
    The Associated Press / Google News ^ | January 5, 2007 | By Christopher Bodeen and Alan Scher Zagier
    (BEIJING) — They're paralyzed from diving accidents and car crashes, disabled by Parkinson's, or blind. With few options available at home in America, they search the Internet for experimental treatments — and often land on Web sites promoting stem cell treatments in China. They mortgage their houses and their hometowns hold fundraisers as they scrape together the tens of thousands of dollars needed for travel and the hope for a miracle cure. A number of these medical tourists claim some success when they return home: Jim Savage, a Houston man with paralysis from a spinal cord injury, says he can...
  • Scientists plan China, HK, Taiwan stem cell trial

    03/08/2007 6:38:52 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 409+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 03.08.07 | Tan Ee Lyn
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Scientists are preparing for a large clinical trial in 2008 which aims to use stem cells to help 400 patients with spinal cord injuries in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan grow new cells and nerve fibers. Stem cells from umbilical cord blood will be injected into the spinal cords of the participants, who will also be given lithium to help stimulate cell regeneration, said Wise Young, a leading neuroscientist and spinal cord injury researcher. "What we'd like to do is study a broad range of patients, not just (those with) complete (spinal cord injuries)," said...
  • Stem Cells and the President - An Inside Account (MUST READ!)

    12/27/2007 12:09:42 AM PST · by L.N. Smithee · 13 replies · 500+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | January 2008 | Jay Lefkowitz
    On August 9, 2001, President Bush announced a compromise decision on the contentious question of whether the federal government should provide financial support for research into the curative properties of human stem cells extracted from embryos. Bush’s compromise allowed funding for research into embryonic stem cells that had already been harvested. At the same time, he disallowed funding for procedures that would collect stem cells from frozen (but still living) embryos, since doing so would require their destruction. In the case of those already collected, he said, “The life-or-death decision has already been made.” But that life-or-death decision would not...
  • Equine Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Isolated; Suitable for Variety of Uses

    10/01/2007 10:02:01 PM PDT · by Coleus · 105+ views
    theh horse ^ | September 22 2007 | Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc
    Stem cells have been isolated successfully from the equine umbilical cord. Once collected, these cells (referred to as umbilical cord matrix cells) can then be preserved frozen, cultured, and differentiated into a host of cell lines, including bone, cartilage, fat, and those of the nervous system. Currently, stem cells are obtained from either fat or bone marrow of adult horses and are employed in equine medicine to treat traumatic and degenerative diseases such as bowed tendons, ligament injuries, osteoarthritis, and osteochondral defects (such as osteochondrosis or bone cysts). "Studies demonstrate that stem cells help tissues regenerate, rather than repair by...
  • Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Successful in Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes

    06/29/2007 10:29:35 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 2 replies · 334+ views ^ | Friday June 29, 2007 | Hilary White
    CHICAGO, June 29, 2007 ( – A new US study offers insights into the way stem cells from umbilical cord blood can be used to successfully treat diabetes. Researchers at the University of Florida College of Medicine studied twenty children aged between two and seven with type 1 diabetes, seven of whom were injected with cord blood cells. The researchers concluded that the study suggests that the cells “jump-start” and correct the patient’s own immune system. "This is the first attempt at using cord blood as a potential therapy for type 1 diabetes. We hope these cells can either lessen...
  • Donate cord blood and share life

    08/07/2007 9:20:38 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 347+ views
    Donate Cord Blood. Share Life. Before your baby is born, the umbilical cord is a lifeline. After birth, that lifeline can provide hope to patients with leukemia, lymphoma or other diseases.  After delivery, the umbilical cord and placenta are no longer needed and are often discarded. But the blood remaining in the umbilical cord and placenta is rich with blood-forming cells. These healthy blood-forming cells can be collected and stored so they can be used by a patient who needs them. Donate cord blood and share life. Get information to help you make an informed decision Cord blood is...
  • Stem-cell treatments raise hopes for Boy with a Brain Injury

    08/04/2007 9:00:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 216+ views
    Desert News ^ | July 21, 2007
    AMERICAN FORK — Many travelers to foreign countries have goals to see new sights and try exotic foods. Travis Ashton Travis Ashton's goal was a bit loftier — to receive stem-cell treatments at a hospital in China to help recover from a brain injury he suffered in a car accident seven years ago. Travis, 18, and his parents traveled to Hangzhou, China, in June for a five-week stay at the Beike Biotechnology Clinic where Travis was to receive four stem-cell treatments. He received six. "We had planned on four, and he ended up having two more," said Missy Ashton, Travis'...
  • For Simi Valley couple whose infant underwent stem cell transplant, it's a waiting game

    08/03/2007 6:38:57 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 199+ views
    VenturaCountyStar ^ | 07.26.07 | Tom Kisken
    Nearly two months after undergoing a transplant designed to infuse her body with healthy blood and defeat leukemia, a 13-month-old Simi Valley girl remains in isolation in a Los Angeles hospital. Hailey Joy Kent, who received stem cells from a donor's umbilical cord on May 30, is still on a battery of medications as doctors monitor a blood count that fluctuates day to day. She's playing with her favorite rattles and seems mostly happy but faces a long list of challenges, like relearning how to eat. "Considering what she's been through so far, she's doing all right," said Maria Kent,...
  • Chinese stem cell therapy said to be helping brain-injured Utah woman improve

    08/03/2007 4:51:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 122+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 07.31.07 | Lisa Rosetta
    PARK CITY - Belly down on her parents' living room floor, Dena Brehm Gennerman cries as she props herself up on her elbows. The 39-year-old, who suffered a traumatic brain injury two years ago, could be in pain, though it's hard for parents Bob and Eva Brehm to say. Except for a couple of simple hand signs - fist up or down for "yes" or "no" - what Dena thinks or feels is largely a mystery to her family. Pained by his daughter's sobs as she endures her morning physical therapy with certified nursing assistant Chris Mrdutt, Bob Brehm sometimes...
  • Paralyzed woman walks again after stem cell therapy

    11/29/2004 6:00:17 AM PST · by RepCath · 26 replies · 1,481+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11-27-2004 | AFP
    SEOUL (AFP) - A South Korean woman paralyzed for 20 years is walking again after scientists say they repaired her damaged spine using stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood. Hwang Mi-Soon, 37, had been bedridden since damaging her back in an accident two decades ago. Last week her eyes glistened with tears as she walked again with the help of a walking frame at a press conference where South Korea (news - web sites) researchers went public for the first time with the results of their stem-cell therapy.
  • Ethical Stem Cell Research Gets New Blood with US House Funding Bill

    07/21/2007 2:06:55 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 1 replies · 259+ views ^ | July 20, 2007 | Peter J. Smith
    Ethical Stem Cell Research Gets New Blood with US House Funding Bill Funding must pass Senate first By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., July 20, 2007 ( - Ethical stem-cell research received a funding boost from the US House of Representatives on Thursday after it passed an appropriations bill allotting $15 million to the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI) program. The House voted Thursday 276-140 to pass the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3043) for fiscal year 2008, which included the funding that will be put toward the NCBI to collect cord blood. Stem cells derived from...
  • Is therapeutic cloning obsolete?

    06/16/2007 9:09:34 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 4 replies · 209+ views
    MERCATOR.NET ^ | Saturday, 16 June 2007 | Michael Cook
    HOMEARCHIVEBACKGROUNDERSQUICK PICKSABOUT USCONTACT US Comment (2) | Email | Michael Cook | Saturday, 16 June 2007 Is therapeutic cloning obsolete? After years of urging the public and governments to support the destruction of embryos, scientists may have led them up a blind alley. Next week the international grandees of therapeutic cloning gather in Cairns, Australia, the sun-soaked gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, for their annual conference. They have serious strategic issues to deal with along with their scientific papers and posters: persuading governments to open their wallets, ensuring that the Bush Administrations restrictions on their work are lifted,...
  • Adult stem cells from human cord umbilical cord blood successfully engineered to make insulin

    05/25/2007 2:47:34 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 36 replies · 1,062+ views
    EurekAlert! News ^ | May 25, 2007 | Staff
    In a fundamental discovery that someday may help cure type 1 diabetes by allowing people to grow their own insulin-producing cells for a damaged or defective pancreas, medical researchers here have reported that they have engineered adult stem cells derived from human umbilical cord blood to produce insulin. The researchers announced their laboratory finding, which caps nearly four years of research, in the June 2007 issue of the medical journal Cell Proliferation, posted online this week. Their paper calls it "the first demonstration that human umbilical cord blood-derived stem cells can be engineered" to synthesize insulin. "This discovery tells us...
  • Cord Blood Registry® Releases a Number of Stem Cell Samples to Treat Many Medical Conditions

    05/10/2007 7:14:42 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 252+ views
    Businesswire ^ | 04.30.07
    Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®), the world’s largest and most experienced cord blood stem cell bank, today announced that it has released a total of five stem cell samples in the first quarter of the year for transplant or infusion. Three of the cases are individuals who will require their own cord blood stem cells for autologous infusions for cerebral palsy, type I diabetes, and a rare autoimmune disorder related to autism. The additional two samples were released for use by a sibling in each family: one to treat acute myeloid leukemia and the other to treat a serious blood disease,...
  • New gene discovered in human stem cells may benefit transplant patients

    05/10/2007 7:00:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 158+ views
    News Medical ^ | 04.29.07
    Oxford scientists have revealed a link between a gene and the activity of human blood stem cells, giving hope that stem cell transplant success for blood cancer patients may be significantly improved. Dr Rajeev Gupta, a Leukaemia Research-funded consultant haematologist, has uncovered that the gene Nephroblastoma Overexpressed ( Nov ) plays a key role in regulating the production of blood from stem cells. The work, which was carried out in the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit, is published in the journal Science. Stem cells are vital for normal blood production and are used in transplants in patients with leukaemia and other...
  • Hospital offers option for storing stem cells from cord, placenta, deal called a first in the USA

    03/08/2007 6:57:36 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 244+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 03.07.07 | KITTA MacPHERSON
    A Livingston hospital has launched what is believed to be the country's first formal program devoted to encouraging expectant families to bank both placental and umbilical cord stem cells. Officials at St. Barnabas Medical Center, where the most New Jersey babies are born each year, said yesterday they have established the program with LifebankUSA of Cedar Knolls, a division of Celgene, a Summit biotechnology company. "We felt the research of the Celgene scientists held such promise that it would be worth it for our patients to know about it," said Richard Miller, who chairs the department of obstetrics and gynecology...
  • East Troy girl awaits Chinese stem cells

    03/04/2007 5:26:26 PM PST · by Coleus · 202+ views
    GazetteExtra ^ | 02.23.07 | Mike Heine
    In less than a week, a little girl from East Troy with a rare genetic condition will get on a plane with her mother, aunt and cousin and head to China to receive more than 60 million stem cells. Brooke Barels, 9, suffers from Glucose Transporter Deficiency, a condition caused by a genetic mutation of the gene that processes glucose from food into fuel for her body. As a result, Brooke suffers from cerebral palsy-like symptoms and cannot function like normal children.  She's the 83rd person in the world diagnosed with GLUT-1, as it's better known. She'll be the first...
  • Virgin invests in stem cells (unprecedented umbilical cord stem cell bank)

    02/01/2007 9:32:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 390+ views ^ | 1 February 2007 | Matt Brown
    Close window Published online: 1 February 2007; | doi:10.1038/news070129-11 Virgin invests in stem cellsMultifaceted company gets into healthcare for the future.Matt Brown Virgin births: Richard Branson launches the first dual - public and private - umbilical cord stem cell bank.Clara Molden/PA/EMPICS Richard Branson, more famous for investing in planes, trains and music through Virgin Group, today announced his first foray into healthcare. Virgin Health Bank, a collaboration with London-based investment company Merlin Biosciences, will store blood stem cells from umbilical cord tissue for the treatment of blood diseases. In a departure from existing commercial cord stem-cell banks, the sample...
  • New Use of Cord Blood to Treatm Childhood Leukemia: Study

    01/06/2007 7:54:58 AM PST · by srmorton · 4 replies · 306+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | January 5, 2007
    A three-year-old leukemia victim was given a life-saving infusion of her own cord blood, marking the first time a child with this disease served as their own blood donor, American doctors said. The little girl is now a thriving six-year-old six -- a tribute, say her doctors, to the pioneering transplant that helped her recover from radical chemotherapy. They also commended the foresight of her parents who decided to save some of her umbilical cord on the off chance it might be needed later. "There's a good chance the procedure saved her life. She is in remission and has an...
  • Pro-Life Democrats Critical in Retaking the House and Senate

    11/11/2006 5:28:54 AM PST · by Dave Burns · 82 replies · 1,911+ views
    Democrats for Life ^ | November 9th, 2006 | Democrats for Life
    Written by Administrator Friday, 10 November 2006 Democrats for Life of America Protecting Life. Strengthening. Re-Building. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Day November 8, 2006 202-220-3066 Pro-Life Democrats Critical in Retaking the House Pro-life Democrats to move to leadership positions WASHINGTON, DC – Democrats For Life of America applauded the Democratic leadership today for recruiting pro-life Democrats to run for key Congressional races in this week’s history making elections. “Right after John Kerry’s loss in 2004, the Democratic Party finally started talking about including pro-life Democrats in the big tent of the Democratic Party. They put their money where...
  • U of MN researchers turn cord blood into lung cells

    11/09/2006 9:46:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies · 615+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 11. 01.06 | Sara E. Buss
    Discovery step toward developing treatment for various lung diseasesResearchers at the University of Minnesota have, for the first time, coaxed umbilical cord blood stem cells to differentiate into a type of lung cell.  The cord blood cells differentiated into a type of lung cell called type II alveolar cells. These cells are responsible for secreting surfactant, a substance which allows the air sacs in the lungs to remain open, allowing air to move in and out of the sacs. The cells are also responsible for helping to repair the airway after injury.  "In the future, we may be able to...
  • How adult stem cells injected into heart improve its function

    10/31/2006 8:01:46 PM PST · by Coleus · 12 replies · 637+ views
    Hindu ^ | 10.26.06 | R. PRASAD
    Growth of new blood vessels was seen 3-6 months after stem cells were injected into the heart. HE IS the only person so far to get the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval to undertake clinical trials for treating heart patients by directly injecting adult stem cells into the heart. The stem cells are derived from the bone marrow. And the person who enjoys this distinction is Dr. Amit N. Patel, Director of the Center for Cardiac Cell Therapy, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Others who have got an FDA approval to treat heart patients using adult stem cells...
  • First liver grown from stem cells offers hope for transplant patients

    10/30/2006 4:39:17 PM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 59 replies · 1,556+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 10-31-06 | WestVirginiaRebel
    AN ARTIFICIAL liver has been grown for the first time from stem cells, it emerged last night.The breakthrough by British scientists is considered the vital first step towards creating a fully artificial liver that could be used to tackle ever-growing waiting lists for transplants within as little as ten years.
  • Miracle Cells

    02/05/2005 7:52:40 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 15 replies · 634+ views
    World Magazine | Febuary 5, 2005 | Lynde Langdon
    Miracle cells SCIENCE: Cutting-edge researchers are making unheralded breakthroughs with stem cells from umbilical cords—but have a hard time breaking through the NIH funding wall. "I think people who want embryonic stem cells just don't want [alternatives] to work" | by Lynde Langdon LAWRENCE, Kan. — At the University of Kansas, Dr. Kathy Mitchell has two small labs that resemble high-school biology classrooms, just with more expensive equipment. In the smallest one, the size of a large supply closet, she pulls up a computer screen showing fluorescent dots in a sea of translucent green. She clicks her mouse, and the...
  • Stem Cell Politics: Divide and Conquer

    09/04/2006 9:44:38 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 325+ views
    Human Events ^ | 09.05.06 | James P. Kelly
    It’s an old trick: encourage your opponents to fight each other so they never suspect the actual threat. In the case of stem cells, conflicting worldviews are being skillfully exploited to incite mankind to “hang separately” precisely when it needs to “hang together.”  Stem cell advocates claim that millions might suffer if crucial biomedical research is delayed or blocked. This prediction is correct, but wrong in its tense. Millions have already suffered, but not because of a President’s veto, or over religion, morals, or ethics. Proven research with immediate potentials for improving the lives of millions is being ignored, maligned,...
  • Combination growth factors for Stem cell proliferation

    09/03/2006 10:37:23 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 138+ views
    Professor Harvey Lodish and his post-doc Chengcheng Zhang from Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge have found a combination of growth factors which enriches and increases the number of stem cells in the laboratory before it could be injected into the recipient. Stem cell therapy as shown that the quantity of stem cells required for a therapy is very high and it requires isolating large number of stem cells. Stem cells for therapeutic treatment are isolated from various sources like bone marrow, cord blood and peripheral blood but the quantity of isolated stem cells are very less. Hematopoietic stem...
  • ADULT Stem Cells May Save Local Soldier from Cancer

    09/02/2006 7:38:35 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 294+ views
    News Channel 5 ^ | 06.15.06
    A major breakthrough in cancer research may save a Fort Campbell soldier's life.  An anonymous person had donated stem cells from umbilical cord blood. That donation led to only the second adult stem cell transplant in the state. For Army Cpl. Charles Dougherty, however, it was a chance to reclaim the life he lost due to leukemia. “I'm a combat engineer for the U.S. Army. We do demolitions and mine clearance,” Dougherty said.  Dougherty had to leave the job he loves. “For him not to be able to do his job. I know it's hard on him,” his wife, Crystal...
  • Different Adult Stem Cell Treatments Produce Results For 2 Spinal Cord Injury Patients In China

    09/02/2006 4:21:21 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 781+ views
    Shenzhen Beike Biotechnology Co., Ltd. announced the successful treatment of two similar spinal cord injury patients using two different procedures that involved umbilical cord stem cells. One method involved surgical transplantation of stem cells directly into the spinal cord, while the other patient received the stem cells without surgery. The announcement was made following a two month rehabilitation and evaluation period by physicians in the patients' native countries of the U.S.A. and Romania. Details can be found on the news website, Treatments with umbilical cord blood stem cells have been performed for years for patients with leukemia and other...
  • No embryonic stem cells were harmed in this trial (teeth and umbilical cord banking are available)

    08/31/2006 11:03:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 288+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman. ^ | 08.30.06 | Ashley Sanchez
    Stem cells have gone mainstream. Companies are marketing their stem cell storage facilities as a prudent private investment.   A local tooth stem cell bank is open for business, offering to extract and store stem cells from children's lost baby teeth. Umbilical cord banking is also marketed directly to consumers. Cord blood is a rich source of stem cells, possibly rivaling that found in bone marrow. Expectant parents can arrange to store the blood from their newborn's umbilical cord in case the child ever requires stem cell treatment.   In contrast to private banks, parents can donate cord blood to public banks...
  • Health: Potential Benefits Of Umbilical Cords

    08/29/2006 9:33:38 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 296+ views
    CBS News ^ | 08.29.06 | Stephanie Stahl
    In health, a growing number of families are investing in a potential lifeline that comes with a new born baby and Medical Reporter Stephanie Stahl has the details. When a baby is born, families can save blood from the umbilical cord that can be a treatment for a variety of diseases and it's been a life saver for some.  Twelve-year-old Brandyn Orr is healthy today, but as a toddler he had leukemia.  "He fought tooth and nail in the beginning," said Brandyn's mother, Susan Jarvis-Orr.  Years of chemotherapy led to remission but, "Brandyn relapsed," said Susan. He needed a stem...
  • Toronto Researchers Discover “Jack-Pot” of Stem Cells in Umbilical Cord

    02/10/2005 8:42:27 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies · 1,502+ views
    LifeSite ^ | February 9, 2005
    TORONTO, February 9, 2005 ( - Umbilical cords continue to surprise researchers as an abundant source of stem cells. Today’s Toronto Star reports that a group of scientists at the University of Toronto have discovered what they are calling the ‘jack-pot’ of stem cells in a mass of jelly found inside the umbilical cord. "We're very excited by this, that's for sure," said J.E. Davies, of the UofT's Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. The source, known as Wharton's Jelly, surrounds the three umbilical cord blood vessels connecting the fetus and mother. The Toronto researchers used umbilical cords donated from...
  • Adult Stem Cells: It's Not Pie-in-the-Sky

    03/13/2005 4:26:27 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 23 replies · 1,820+ views
    Focus on the Family ^ | February 3, 2005 | Carrie Gordon Earll
    Embryonic stem cells have not cured or successfully treated a single patient. Contrast that with the more than 70 conditions that are treatable using non-embryonic stem cell therapies. One of the hottest debates in bioethics today surrounds research using stem cells taken from either in vitro fertilization or cloned human embryos. From state legislatures and the halls of Congress to the United Nation, the controversy over whether to ban (or fund) such research rages. Human cloning for embryonic stem cell research creates human embryos virtually identical to a patient’s genetic composition. The embryo’s stem cells are then harvested — a...
  • Adult stem cells multiply reliably,research indicates post-natal cells may work as well as embryonic

    06/23/2005 12:30:15 PM PDT · by pittsburgh gop guy · 23 replies · 955+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Thursday, June 23, 2005 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Adult stem cells multiply reliably, Children's study finds Hospital's research indicates post-natal cells may work as well as embryonic Thursday, June 23, 2005 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Scientists at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh announced today that they have discovered that adult, or post-natal, stem cells have the same ability as embryonic stem cells to multiply. Calling it a previously unknown characteristic, they said it indicates that post-natal stem cells may play an important therapeutic role. In a news release, the hospital said "adult and post-natal stem cells are often overlooked in favor of embryonic stem cells in the national debate over the...
  • Paraplegic breakthrough using adult stem cells

    09/28/2005 8:30:45 PM PDT · by pending · 30 replies · 2,466+ views ^ | September 28, 2005
    Paraplegic breakthrough using adult stem cells Apparent major breakthrough with patient paralyzed 19 years Posted: September 28, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 In an apparent major breakthrough, scientists in Korea report using umbilical cord blood stem cells to restore feeling and mobility to a spinal-cord injury patient. The research, published in the peer-reviewed journal Cythotherapy, centered on a woman who had been a paraplegic 19 years due to an accident. After an infusion of umbilical cord blood stem cells, stunning results were recorded: "The patient could move her hips and feel her hip skin on day 15 after...
  • Family pins hopes for son on stem-cell shots

    10/27/2005 4:21:05 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies · 1,442+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 06.19.05 | Stephanie Horvath
    Family pins hopes for son on stem-cell shotsTIJUANA, Mexico — Slowly, patiently, Dr. Fernando Ramirez del Rio slides on a pair of latex gloves.A nurse tips a 1-inch long vial out of a Ziploc bag and into his palm. It's frozen and white. Ramirez says it contains about 1.8 million stem cells. He says it will take about 10 minutes to thaw the tube using the warmth of his hands. He then has 20 minutes to use the cells before they spoil.He passes the vial to Judy Susser, who looks nervous. She takes it, rolls it between her hands. Then...
  • Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Offer Hope to MS-Stricken Teen

    11/20/2005 5:49:18 PM PST · by wagglebee · 43 replies · 1,220+ views ^ | 11/18/05 | Terry Vanderheyden
    INVERNESS, Scotland, November 18, 2005 ( - A British teen who has multiple sclerosis now claims she is walking after umbilical cord stem cell therapy she traveled abroad to receive. Wheelchair-bound since 2003, 19 year-old Amanda Bryson told The Herald that she has been walking daily since immediately after her treatment from a private clinic in the Netherlands Friday. Believed to be the only British beneficiary of the umbilical cord stem cell therapy, Bryson said this week, "It sounds shocking, but I could feel the difference after just five minutes. Since the treatment I have been transformed. I am doing...
  • Adult Stem-Cell Treatments: A Better Way

    12/02/2005 3:27:08 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 677+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | 12.01.05 | Stephanie Porowski & Emma Elliott
    Adult stem-cell research may lead one day to cures for terminal and debilitating diseases "I hope we will always be guided by both intellect and heart, by both our capabilities and our conscience." -President George W. Bush1 Few areas of scientific study hold as much potential as adult stem-cell research. This research is already generating medical breakthroughs and treatments for debilitating diseases and disabilities, such as spinal cord injuries, sickle cell anemia and Parkinson's. Indeed, scientists laud stem-cell treatments as the "miracle cure" of the 21st century. Unlike so many areas of biotechnology, adult stem cells do not spark a...
  • Shafer Leads Senate Republican Push For Non-Embryo Stem Cell Research (Georgia)

    02/24/2006 6:57:06 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 274+ views
    The Weekly ^ | 02.23.06
    Joined by 31 cosponsors, a Republican state senator from Duluth introduced a bill Thursday designed to foster stem cell research in Georgia and to avoid the controversy such efforts arouse. The bill by Sen. David Shafer would encourage research with stem cells from postnatal tissue – umbilical cords, the placenta and amniotic fluid. "Stem cell research efforts have been hampered by the controversy over embryonic stem cells," Shafer said. "But stem cells are not found only in embryos. Umbilical cord blood is rich in stem cells which can be used for research without destroying any embryos." "Stem cell research using...
  • Plan advances to encourage stem cell alternatives (Kansas)

    03/24/2006 6:56:08 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 328+ views ^ | 03.23.06 | JOHN HANNA
    Legislators who view embryonic stem cell research as human cloning won first-round approval Thursday in the House for a proposal to encourage alternatives in finding cures for diseases. The measure would set up new state funds to finance research with adult stem cells or blood from newborns' umbilical cords, then grant a tax break to Kansans who contribute to either fund. Backers couldn't say how much the tax breaks would cost but hope to attract millions of dollars in contributions. The House voted 71-46 to add the proposal to an unrelated bill. Another voice vote advanced the amended legislation to...
  • Regenerative Medicine

    04/17/2006 2:19:06 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 600+ views
    FOX ^ | Dr. Manny Alvarez
    A couple of weeks ago Wake Forest University physicians described the first human recipients of a laboratory-grown organ. In the prestigious medical journal "The Lancet," Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, detailed a series of patients (children and teenagers) who received urinary bladders grown from their own cells. WHAAAAT? Did somebody say "laboratory organs?!" Yes. Perhaps like you, the first reaction of some who heard the news was, “why would anyone need a new bladder?” Well, many infants are born with congenital birth defects a very serous one is spina bifida (incomplete closure of the spine)....
  • New Applications for Cord Lining Stem Cells - Diabetes and Wound Healing

    04/17/2006 7:43:22 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 582+ views
    NewswireToday ^ | 04.05.06
    Cord Lining Stem Cells discovered by CellResearch Corporation makes headway in areas with exciting potential therapeutic applications. CellResearch Corporation, a Singapore-based biotech company, announced in July 2005 its discovery of a new source of stem cells found in the outer lining membrane of the umbilical cord. Not only does this source of stem cells yield an extremely high number of cells, it also avoids ethical objections as it is acquired from the afterbirth which is routinely discarded as medical waste. CellResearch Corporation is now ready to reveal new collaborations with various medical institutions in Singapore and around the world that...
  • New Data Highlights Importance of Umbilical Cord Blood for Transplantation

    05/07/2006 7:04:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 166+ views
    Doctor's Guide ^ | 05.05.06
    BERLIN, GERMANY -- May 5, 2006 -- ViaCell, Inc. today presented data at the 12th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) supporting the importance of family banked umbilical cord blood, a non-controversial source of stem cells with proven clinical utility in treating over 40 diseases. The presented data relate to transplantation outcomes and CD34 cell enumeration. These data further support the medical value of cord blood stem cells. ViaCell offers expecting parents the ability to collect and store umbilical cord blood at the birth of their child with ViaCord(R), its product offering for the preservation of...