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  • 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.” ...
  • Scientists develop 'fake' genetically-engineered blood for use on the battlefield

    07/10/2010 9:09:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Daily Mail, ^ | 10th July 2010 | Niall Firth
    American scientists have developed 'artificial' blood that could soon be used to treat wounded soldiers in battle.The genetically-engineered blood is created by  taking cells from umbilical cords and using a machine to mimic the way bone marrow works to produce mass quantities of usable units of red blood cells.Known as 'blood pharming' the programme was launched in 2008 by the Pentagon's experimental arm, Darpa, to create blood to treat soldiers in far-flung battlefields. The firm Arteriocyte, which received $1.95 million for the project, has now sent off its first shipment of O-negative blood to the food and drugs watchdog in...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Treatment Improves Life of Youngest-Ever Stroke Patient with Umbilical Cord Stem Cells

    03/05/2006 6:52:23 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies · 392+ views
    SHENZHEN, China, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Shenzhen Beike Biotechnology Co., Ltd. has announced the successful treatment with umbilical cord stem cells of the youngest stroke patient ever to undergo such a procedure. The announcement was made following a two-month evaluation period by physicians in her native country, Hungary, to verify the positive results. Starting from October 28th, Beike provided umbilical cord stem cells to the Nanshan People's Hospital for the treatment of a four-month-old Hungarian baby girl named Timea Gresco, who had suffered a stroke when she was delivered three months prematurely. Umbilical cord stem cells were delivered intravenously over...
  • 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)....
  • Stem cells may help Bergen boy fight diabetes

    08/18/2006 9:36:38 PM PDT · by Coleus · 21 replies · 735+ views ^ | 08.18.06 | BOB GROVES
    A Ho-Ho-Kus boy's stem cells could help scientists find a better treatment for juvenile diabetes.  Doctors have been injecting Liam Tencza with stem cells taken from the umbilical cord blood his parents saved when he was born seven years ago. The hope is that the stem cells can slow – or even stop -- the progress of his diabetes.  Seven other diabetic children are receiving similar transplants of stem cells from their own umbilical cords in a national pilot study at the University of Florida.  There is no cure for juvenile, or type 1, diabetes, which afflicts more than 1.5...
  • Umbilical Cord Blood Is Child's Last Hope, Stem Cells Could Halt Tay-Sachs Damage

    05/21/2006 6:47:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 17 replies · 1,320+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | 05.16.06 | WILLIAM HATHAWAY
    Even before her first birthday, Jashaia Trinity Small startled more easily than other children exposed to loud noises. Once an ambitious walker, she began to fall more often and needed support to stand up. She blinked repeatedly, "and when you called her, she had to look around the room to see where you were," her mother, Nadine Green-Small recalls."By the time she was a year and a half, I knew something was really not right," Green-Small said. Last fall, Jashaia Small was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease, a genetic disorder most often diagnosed in eastern European Jews and only rarely in...
  • 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...
  • MS woman in stem cell therapy hope

    05/07/2006 6:58:19 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies · 632+ views
    BBC ^ | 05.05.06 | Anna Lindsay
    Patricia is injected with about one million cord blood stem cells Patricia Frost is a desperate woman. The multiple sclerosis she has fought for 14 years has slowly taken over her body and speech.The 66-year-old has not been able to walk for a decade and lost the use of her arms within the past year - leaving her unable to feed, wash or dress herself.  After being told there is nothing more her British doctors can do for her, except to help ease her pain, Patricia decided to take a huge gamble with her health.  Along with her husband,...
  • First Cystic Fibrosis Cord Blood Collection by Cygenics

    04/27/2006 9:17:28 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 295+ views
    ACN Newswire ^ | 04.27.06
    Cygenics (ASX: CYN) announce the first cystic fibrosis cord blood collection. Clinical history was made at The Mercy Hospital in Werribee on Easter Saturday, when baby Aiden Brundell donated his cord blood in the hope that his precious stem cells could one day rejuvenate sister Mikaela's lungs, which are failing from cystic fibrosis (CF), and save her life. This first collection of cord blood from the sibling of a child with CF is a major step towards treating the deadly effects of Australia's most common severe genetic condition among children, for which there is no cure. Aiden's cord blood collection...
  • A possible way to boost newborns' response to vaccines

    04/26/2006 9:58:50 PM PDT · by Coleus · 24 replies · 358+ views
    Researchers report that they've possibly found a way to tweak newborns' immune systems so they're able to respond to most vaccines at an early age.   Babies' immature immune systems make them highly vulnerable to severe infections and unable to mount an effective immune response to most vaccines until they're several months old.  But doctors at Children's Hospital in Boston say they've found that one portion of infants' immune response is fully functional and can be stimulated to boost immunity and possibly make infections such as respiratory syncytial virus, pertussis, HIV and rotavirus less of a threat.  Scientists know that...
  • Unique Cord Blood Transplant Saves Pregnant Woman's Life

    04/17/2006 7:49:56 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 404+ views
    CBS ^ | 04.05.06 | Kathy Walsh
    A woman who was pregnant when she was diagnosed with leukemia is alive thanks to a unique transplant of umbilical cord blood from two different donors. It was the first time such a procedure had been performed in Colorado. "There were some times where the odds were stacked against us," Sheila Gannon, a leukemia survivor said. Gannon gave birth to her son Sawyer 2 weeks early so she could start chemotherapy. There were infections and complications during that treatment. No bone marrow match was found. Centers that offer umbilical cord blood rejected Gannon at first because her leukemia wasn't in...
  • Dr. Mona: Fighting For Life (aplastic anemia & stem cells)

    04/17/2006 7:36:01 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 249+ views
    CBS ^ | 04.13.06 | Mona Khanna, M.D., M.P.H.
    Imagine being diagnosed with a potentially fatal illness when you're just 26-years-old and a newlywed. But your one chance at survival is threatened because of a hurricane. That's what happened to a Dallas woman last year. Thui Diem Tran visits the hospital every month, but she doesn't mind. Doctors at UT Southwestern just saved her life. Tran is recovering from aplastic anemia, a potentially fatal condition. Less than a month after her wedding, Tran went from healthy, happy bride to a woman whose bone marrow had shut down…a woman who had just days to live unless doctors could find a...
  • Stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood may be an alternative to embryonic ones after all

    02/24/2006 6:42:25 PM PST · by Coleus · 15 replies · 394+ views
    Seed Media Group, ^ | 02.24.06 | Kevin Friedl
    Think of embryonic stem cells as the perfect cover band: Give them a certain type of cell to mimic and they nail it, quickly pumping out more of the same. But they may not be the only cells that can pull off this copying act. A new study, published in the February issue of Stem Cells and Development, indicates that blood extracted from umbilical cords may be a promising alternative source of fresh stem cell lines. Researchers at the Medical School of the University of Minnesota identified a new, more versatile type of umbilical cord stem cell that they hope...
  • Cut the Political Cord - Lifesaving medicine is being held up in the Senate.

    12/15/2005 1:51:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 381+ views
    NRO ^ | December 15, 2005 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version December 15, 2005, 2:46 p.m. Cut the Political Cord Lifesaving medicine is being held up in the Senate. In May the House of Representatives passed the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act by a vote of 431-1. Wait! Don’t go anywhere! Even if your eyes glaze over at the embryonic-stem-cell-research debate, this vote was different. There are no ethical problems, controversies, or confusions about it, hence the one-sided vote-count. So pay attention. This legislation, now in the Senate, would increase the amount of cord blood available for medicinal use and...
  • New University Of Toronto Strategy Will Boost Cord Blood Stem Cells

    11/15/2005 10:40:35 AM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 320+ views ^ | 2005-10-19 | NA
    A team of bioengineers led by the University of Toronto has discovered a way to increase the yield of stem cells from umbilical cord blood, to an extent which could broaden therapeutic use of these cells. In a paper published in the October issue of Experimental Hematology, researchers working in the University of Toronto's Stem Cell Bioengineering Laboratory have identified an important component blocking the growth of stem cells. U of T scientists discovered stem cells in 1961, and for about two decades researchers around the world have been searching for a way to expand the number of stem cells...
  • [Umbilical] Cord blood cells may widen treatment window for stroke (Stem Cell Research)

    11/14/2005 7:07:23 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 18 replies · 740+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | November 12, 2005 | Staff
    Tampa, FL (Nov. 12, 2005) -- An experimental treatment that spares disability from acute stroke may be delivered much later than the current three-hour treatment standard – a potential advance needed to benefit more stroke victims. Researchers at the University of South Florida found that human umbilical cord blood cells administered to rats two days following a stroke greatly curbed the brain's inflammatory response, reducing the size of the stroke and resulting in greatly improved recovery. The rats' inflammatory response to injury from stroke peaked 48 hours after the brain attack, which was when intravenous delivery of the cells appeared...
  • Adult Stem Cell Research Treats Spinal Cord Injury Patient

    09/28/2005 7:51:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 785+ views
    Life News ^ | 09.26.05 | Wesley Smith, Esq.
    Adult Stem Cell Research Treats Spinal Cord Injury Patient Note: Award winning author Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. An attorney, Smith's new book Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World was published last year. I have known about this for some time, but because I didn't want to be guilty of the same hyping that is so often engaged in by some therapeutic cloning proponents, I waited until it was published in a peer reviewed journal.Now it has been and the...
  • Israeli stem cell research shows umbilical cord blood can rejuvenate damaged heart tissue

    09/19/2005 1:17:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 853+ views
    Israel21c ^ | September 18, 2005 | David Brinn
    When Dr. Christian Barnard performed the world's first successful heart transplant back in 1967, he reached a new peak of human scientific achievement. However, almost 40 years later, the criteria for receiving a new heart is quite stringent, and heart transplants are granted to those patients who have the highest chance for recovery. For thousands of elderly or gravely ill patients with damaged hearts, a transplant is not an option. Now Israeli researchers are at the forefront of research which could one day make heart transplants obsolete - using stem cell technology, they're developing a way to use the blood...
  • S681 Establishs National Cord Blood Stem Cell Bank Network; New Options for Critically Ill Patients

    04/02/2005 2:13:45 PM PST · by Founding Father · 5 replies · 503+ views
    Scientists, Cord Blood Transplant Recipients Call on Senate to Pass S681 Establishing National Cord Blood Stem Cell Bank Network; Bill Would Create More Options for Critically Ill Patients WASHINGTON, April 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- New York Blood Center's (NYBC) President and CEO, Robert L. Jones, M.D., its National Cord Blood Program Director, Pablo Rubinstein, M.D., cord blood transplant recipients, will join Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) -- a strong supporter of improving the options of patients who need transplants -- at a Senate Briefing on Monday, April 4 to urge passage of the Cord Blood Stem Cell Act of 2005...
  • Saving umbilical blood saves lives, says panel

    08/28/2005 1:55:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies · 300+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 04.15.05 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    Saving umbilical blood saves lives, says panel Friday, April 15, 2005 By LAURAN NEERGAARD ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON - Blood saved from newborns' umbilical cords could help treat about 11,700 Americans a year with leukemia and other devastating diseases, yet most is routinely thrown away, a panel of influential scientists said Thursday in calling for a tripling of the nation's supply. Cord blood is rich in stem cells, the building blocks that produce blood - the same stem cells that make up the bone-marrow transplants that help many people survive certain cancers and other diseases. When frozen from cord blood shortly...
  • Cord blood yields 'ethical' embryonic stem cells

    08/17/2005 4:10:50 PM PDT · by rang1995 · 21 replies · 450+ views
    new scientist ^ | 8/18/05 | Andy Coghlan
    Cord blood yields 'ethical' embryonic stem cells 00:01 18 August 2005 Hopes for treating disease with stem cells from umbilical cord blood has received a major boost, following the discovery of primitive cells with clinical potential matching that of the far more controversial embryonic stem cells (ESCs). The latter are originally derived from human fetuses, which are then destroyed, and have become a major ethical issue, especially in the US. Furthermore, the same team is applying new microgravity technology - originally developed by NASA for the International Space Station - to make large enough quantities of the stem cells to...
  • One Mother's Long Journey For Stem Cell Treatment

    05/20/2005 10:23:26 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies · 498+ views
    ABC News ^ | 05.20.05
    One Mother's Long Journey For Stem Cell Treatment By Eyewitness News' Kemberly Richardson (New York -WABC, May 20, 2005) — It's one of the hot-button topics in politics and medicine. President Bush today vowed to veto any legislation that eases restrictions on stem cell research. It's that kind of stand that forced one mother to look outside the country for medical help for her child. Images From The Story Here's Kemberly Richardson.Kelly Bavaro, Mother: "I have nothing at all, period. So I took that chance." Images From The StoryA chance that Kelly Bavaro says has paid off tenfold. Her daughter Alyssa...
  • Donated Umbilical Cord Cells Could Save Thousands of Lives

    04/15/2005 9:35:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies · 663+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Friday, April 15, 2005
    In 2000, a woman donated the blood from her newborn daughter's umbilical cord (search) so scientists could pull precious stem cells from it and freeze them. Two years later, those donated cells saved Kathy Conway's son from leukemia."It came to us in this unassuming little syringe, from a mom who had no idea what she was truly doing," said Conway of Poland, Ohio, whose son Daniel is now a healthy 16-year-old.
  • Umbilical Cord Blood Limits Heart Attack Damage

    01/06/2005 9:36:29 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 572+ views
    AJC ^ | 01.06.05
    Cord Blood Stems Heart Attack Damage THURSDAY, Jan. 6 (HealthDayNews) -- Stem cells taken from human umbilical cord blood reduced heart attack damage in rats, says a University of South Florida study published online this week in Cell Transplantation.The stem cells were injected into the rats' hearts just after they suffered induced heart attacks. The stem cells greatly reduced the amount of heart damage and restored heart pumping function to near normal. Drugs were not needed to prevent the rats' immune systems from rejecting the human stem cells.If further animal and human research proves this method is safe and effective,...
  • After Baby's Grim Diagnosis, Parents Try Drastic Treatment

    12/27/2004 8:04:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies · 4,180+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 19, 2004 | DENISE GRADY
    MINNEAPOLIS - Dr. Mindy Rauch thought she was humoring her brother at a family gathering last Father's Day when she agreed to examine his 6-month-old daughter, Hannah. The baby's stomach worried him: it felt taut, and too big. Dr. Rauch, a pediatrician, thought her brother was just another nervous first-time father. "Oh, look at this belly," she said playfully, feeling the baby's middle. A moment later she turned to her husband, who is also a pediatrician, and said, "You have to feel this." Hannah's liver and spleen were enormously enlarged. It was a sign of serious illness: possibly a tumor,...
  • Need opinions on whether or not to bank baby's umbilical cord blood.

    12/02/2004 8:03:39 AM PST · by elisabeth · 54 replies · 1,435+ views
    I would like to solicit opinions on whether I should save the umbilical cord blood of my baby-to-be, who will arrive a few months from now. I am debating between donating the blood to a public bank versus banking it for potential use for my child or another family member. I have come to the conclusion that there is such a small probability that my baby (or someone in our family) would ever be able to use the blood that it may make more sense to donate it. On the other hand, I could never forgive myself if my child...
  • Umbilical Cord Stem cell therapy brings paralyzed to feet

    11/30/2004 8:32:42 AM PST · by tvn · 12 replies · 1,109+ views
    China Daily ^ | November 29, 2004 | China Daily Staff
    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. US researcher holds a box containing vials of human embryonic stem cell cultures. 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. [AFP/file] US researcher holds a box containing vials of human embryonic stem cell cultures. A South Korean woman paralyzed for 20 years is walking again after scientists say they repaired her damaged spine...
  • Umbilical Cord Blood Shows Promise for Adults

    11/30/2004 7:45:46 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 4 replies · 409+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 11/26/04 | AP
    "Umbilical cord blood, now used mostly to treat children with leukemia, could save thousands of adults with the disease each year who cannot find bone marrow donors, two large studies indicate."
  • Umbilical cord blood can help leukemia patients

    11/24/2004 4:24:09 PM PST · by tvn · 4 replies · 328+ views ^ | November 24, 2004 | Ctv Staff
    For decades, leukemia patients have had to rely on finding a bone marrow donor to give them a new supply of blood cells. Now, two studies show that adult patients can safely use umbilical cord to help them rebuild their health. Elizabeth Rhodes is alive today because of umbilical cord. She was diagnosed with leukemia and was told she needed a bone marrow transplant to survive. Leukemia patients often undergo radiation or chemotherapy to kill their cancerous white blood cells. But the treatment also wipes out their immune systems. Bone marrow is rich in stem cells that are capable of...
  • Paralyzed woman walks again after stem cell therapy

    11/28/2004 11:51:33 AM PST · by Pikamax · 64 replies · 2,257+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/28/04 | AFP
    Paralyzed woman walks again after stem cell therapy Sat Nov 27,11:14 PM ET 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. AFP/Getty Images/File Photo 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...
  • Cord Blood Transplant OK for Adult Leukemia

    11/24/2004 4:25:30 PM PST · by aposiopetic · 15 replies · 910+ views
    WebMD ^ | November 24, 2004 | Jennifer Warner
    Cord Blood Transplant OK for Adult LeukemiaStudies: Cord Blood Transplants Realistic Option for Adult Leukemia Treatment By Jennifer Warner WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD on Wednesday, November 24, 2004 Nov. 24, 2004 -- Umbilical cord blood transplants may be a viable treatment option for adults with leukemia when a matching bone marrow donor isn't available, according to two major new studies. Umbilical cord blood transplants are already successful in treating children with leukemia, but until now the safety and effectiveness of the treatment in adults with leukemia has not been examined. A common treatment for adult leukemia...
  • The Neolib Attack on Adult Stem Cells [Michael Fumento]

    11/21/2004 6:22:26 PM PST · by Coleus · 36 replies · 3,672+ views
    Michael Fumento ^ | 11.11.04 | Michael Fumento
    The Neolib Attack on Adult Stem Cells By Michael Fumento  November 11, 2004 The only beneficiaries of ESC therapy to date have been these guys, and precious few at that.   Among the magazines even die-hard right-wingers should sometimes read are the neo-liberal ones The New Republic and the Washington Monthly. They often contain thoughtful articles with stimulating fresh thinking. Alas that makes it all the worse when they publish something moldier than a slab of Roquefort cheese. So it is with their current combined attack on adult stem cell research, designed to support the alternative of embryonic stem cells....
  • A most precious gift--Donated Umbilical cord blood saves lives. Just ask these grateful parents

    10/14/2004 10:08:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies · 919+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 10.13.04 | SUSAN KREIMER
    A most precious gift Donated cord blood saves lives. Just ask these grateful parents Everyone in the Heacock family was a potential donor. Anthony Dones, above, received his life-saving cord blood from an anonymous donor. Ramona Shih and Michael Blitstein, right, donated son Ty's blood to a public registry. Many expectant moms pore through pregnancy magazines with plenty of questions in mind: Should I quit my stressful job and launch a home-based business? Consume more folic acid? Breast-feed or go with the bottle? Just then a page-long ad throws another choice in their path: Do I bank my baby's...
  • Illinois seeks donations of umbilical-cord blood (for stem cells)

    10/12/2004 12:43:21 PM PDT · by freespirited · 20 replies · 715+ views
    Quad Cities Online ^ | 10/11/04 | Amy Thon
    In their first moments after birth, babies across Illinois are making a donation that could save the life of another child or adult. A new law that took effect in January makes Illinois the first state to routinely ask pregnant women if they would like to donate the blood from their baby's umbilical cord for the valuable stem cells it contains. Before, the umbilical-cord blood was thrown away as medical waste. Scientists can use the blood to make many different types of cells in the body -- to carry oxygen, fight disease and help stop bleeding. Women who deliver babies...