Meet the World’s First Baby Born With an Assist from Stem Cells
Doctors in Canada have begun a new chapter in medical history, delivering the first in a wave of babies expected to be born this summer through a technique that some experts think can dramatically improve the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Four-year-old girl makes history in world-first attempt to prevent type 1 diabetes
Isla Robinson is a very special little girl. At four years old she might not be old enough to understand it, but on Wednesday she made scientific history. Isla was the first person in the world to be injected with blood stored from her umbilical cord when she was born in an effort to prevent her developing type 1 diabetes.
Community comes together to help family
Billy Hughes had the odds stacked against him at birth. Two years later, the Laflin toddler and his family struggle to defy those odds. On Saturday, the community will do its best to improve his chances.
New procedure promises faster recovery from knee surgery
That is the promise of a new procedure at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, one of only two hospitals in the country taking part in a clinical trial. Sean Fair, of Wayland, is one of the first people in the U.S. to have surgery with the new procedure.
‘A promise of hope’: Bangor boy to take part in experimental stem cell therapy to treat his autism
BANGOR, Maine – Among all places a mom and 12-year-old son might hang out, Bangor International Airport is perhaps the least likely. For Connor and Rachel White, though, the airport has become a regular stop as they prepare for a trip of a lifetime.
Poorly twins Luis and Kian King given stem cell donor hope
Seven-year-old twins who desperately need a stem cell transplant have been found a match that could extend their lives. Luis and Kian King have a rare and fatal genetic disorder called Juvenile Krabbe Disease, which is damaging their ability to move, see and hear.
Prenatal stem cell treatment improves mobility issues caused by spina bifida
The study, conducted in an animal model, was led by Diana Farmer, the fetal surgeon who helped pioneer in utero treatment for spina bifida-a congenital birth defect that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly, leading to lifelong cognitive, urological, musculoskeletal and motor disabilities. Farmer’s chief collaborator was Aijun Wang, co-director of the UC Davis Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory.
Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy Trial for Multiple Sclerosis
The first Canadian clinical trial to explore mesenchymal stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis is now underway with the help of a $4.2 million grant. This groundbreaking effort is under the direction of Mark S. Freedman, MD, of the University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital.
Girl With High-Risk Leukemia Saved With Stem Cells From Umbilical Cord Donation
A Washington girl is celebrating being cancer-free after she was diagnosed with high-risk leukemia at just 9 years old. When doctors failed to find a traditional bone marrow or stem cell donor for transplant, they turned to stem cells taken from donated umbilical cords to try and save her life.
Stem Cell storage – preserving the unbelievable cord
Over the past few months, there has been an increased interest in stem cell storage. This is largely due to the number of studies and trials that have been conducted worldwide where stem cells have been used to treat a number of different diseases such as multiple sclerosis, various types of cancer, heart disease etc.
Parenting Your Strong-Willed Child
Have a strong-willed child? You’re lucky! Strong willed children can be a challenge when they’re young, but if sensitively parented, they become terrific teens and young adults. Self-motivated and inner-directed, they go after what they want and are almost impervious to peer pressure. As long as parents resist the impulse to "break their will," strong-willed kids often become leaders.
Parkinson’s Stem Cell Treatment Breakthrough
Brazilian researchers have taken what they describe as a critical first step toward developing a stem cell-based treatment for Parkinson’s disease.Using a federally approved stomach cancer treatment, scientists from D’OR Institute for Research and Education and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro were able to grow dopamine-producing brain cells derived from stem cells and implant them into mice – restoring the animals’ motor function without forming tumors.
Lung cancer stem cell therapy to be trialled in UK
British patients will be the first in the world to receive a pioneering cell therapy that scientists hope will transform the treatment of lung cancer. The treatment uses stem cells taken from bone marrow that have been genetically modified to find and destroy cancer cells.
Eight-year-old girl meets her stem cell donor
Sabrina Chahir was waiting to meet the man who helped send her cancer into remission.
The 8-year-old girl from the United States, who likes art and takes piano lessons, knew he had flown across an ocean to see her, nearly four years after he donated his stem cells to help rid her blood of cancer that could have taken her life.
American Family Desperately Seeking South African Boy with Rare Disease
Both children have GM1 Gangliosidosis. In a message on their Facebook page, the NPO for rare diseases says “he is in South Africa and he is 6. The only other patient in the world is a little girl who wants to have a friend.
The baby girl who was born to save her big brother: Six-year-old boy suffering from terminal leukaemia will now be saved after parents tried for second child… and she’s a perfect donor match. Cansen’s parents tested themselves and other relatives, but the search for a suitable donor proved fruitless. After learning that a brother or sister would be a possible donor, Cansen’s parents decided to have a second baby
New treatment could cure blindness in some
People who have suffered eye injuries caused by solvents, acids, abrasive and chemical agents will have new treatment available. Europe has approved the Western world’s first medicine containing stem cells to treat a rare condition caused by burns to the eye, marking a milestone in the use of the technology.
What to do about reflux
It’s very common for young babies to give a good burp after feeding and then bring up a little milk. This is known as posseting and because it’s so common, most mothers keep a burping cloth on hand to mop up spills.
Stem-Cell Treatment Beats Medicine in Severe Multiple Sclerosis
(Bloomberg) — Stem-cell transplants were more effective than the standard medicine used to treat people with severe multiple sclerosis, a trial found.
YOUR 9 MONTHS PREGNANCY LIFE IN 4 MINUTES!!! THIS IS BEYOND AMAZING!!!
Life is truly wonderful! In fact, the evolution of human life in the womb has been just incredible.
Did you know that everything about you including how tall you will be, the color of your eyes, and the color of your skin, was all determined at the time of fertilization?
The 4th Trimester
I once heard a doctor in passing say that all babies are born 18 months premature. Quite a sweeping statement! Now I understand what he meant. Having worked for the last few years with Moms and newborns as well as handled two of my own newborn babies, the 4th trimester became a reality.
Spain Uses World’s First Stem Cell Treatment For Heart Attacks
Doctors at a hospital in Spain have successfully used stem cells to treat victims of heart attacks for the first time in medical history.
BABY PLAY IDEAS AND ACTIVITIES: 6-18 MONTHS
LOOKING FOR IDEAS FOR BABY PLAY? TIRED OF EVERYTHING BEING GEARED TOWARDS PRESCHOOLERS? HERE ARE 20 FANTASTIC WAYS TO PLAY WITH YOUR 6-18 MONTH OLD BABY, ALL RICH IN SENSORY EXPLORATION AND PROMOTING DEVELOPING THINKING SKILLS!
Singer Kurt Darren stores baby’s stem cells
Darren said in a statement that he and his wife made the decision to store their child’s stem cells long before the birth of their little Kyrah on November 10.
Roki Mills on road to recovery after stem cell treatment in India
He was left with no muscle control, tone or co-ordination and suffered continuous painful muscle spasms and dangerous seizures. His parents, Ina, 39, and Dave, 40, of Newport, took him to India earlier this year for stem cell therapy, not available in Australia, and again in October. Roki was given stem cells to help stimulate areas of the brain that have shut down.
Most MS Patients Who Received Stem Cell Transplants Still in Remission Years Later
Most of the multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who took part in the cutting-edge stem cell study HALT-MS are still in remission years later. The phase 2 study has demonstrated impressive results by rebuilding the immune system using a patient’s own stem cells.
Kurt berg sy dogter se stamselle
Kurt Darren sal enige kans aangryp om te verseker Kyrah, sy dogtertjie wat die afgelope week ’n maand oud geword het, het ’n “gesonde en gelukkige lewe”. Kurt en sy vrou, Dunay, het besluit om by Kyrah se geboorte haar stamselle uit die koordbloed te stroop om geberg te word.
First Patient Receives Stem Cell Treatment for Degenerative Eye Disease
Since stem cells were first hailed as a potential cure for a variety of diseases, we have witnessed setbacks, controversies, and failures. Now, however, human trials for the use of stem cells in treating degenerative eye disease have received the green light from an oversight committee in Japan after they agreed that the proposed treatment is safe.
Cord blood stem cells technology now available to expectant mothers
Expectant parents will be able to choose to bank umbilical cord blood stem cells thanks to a ground breaking new partnership. Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has partnered with Biovault Family to give expectant parents the choice of paying to bank cord blood, which could be used in the future to treat conditions such as leukaemia and cerebral palsy.
MRC Extramural Research Unit for Stem Cell Research and Therapy awarded to UP
Professor Michael Pepper, Director of the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM), and a professor in the Department of Immunology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP), recently received word from the Medical Research Council (MRC) that he and his team of researchers at the University have been awarded an MRC Extramural Research Unit for Stem Cell Research and Therapy.
Wichita man receives first umbilical cord stem cell treatment in US
Tuesday, Ryan started a trial officially called “Allogeneic transplantation of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells for a single male patient with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.” Ryan is the only patient allowed to use this experimental treatment in the U at this point. According to the FDA agreement, he’ll receive 24 treatments in Wichita from Dr. Strickland over the next three years.
New molecule ‘allows umbilical cord stem cells to multiply’
A new molecule has been discovered – reported to be the “first of its kind” – that allows the multiplication of stem cells in a unit of umbilical cord blood. This is important because umbilical cord stem cells are used in transplants to treat blood diseases such as leukemia, myeloma and lymphoma.
Russian Stem Cell Researchers Make Patients’ Livers Heal Themselves
During experiments on mice with artificially induced liver damage, 100 percent of rodents who received the treatment survived a year after the procedure, while half of those in the control group died, said Murat Shagidulin, a senior researcher at the Moscow-based Shumakov Institute for Transplantation, ITAR-Tass reported Wednesday.
‘Stiff Person Syndrome’ treated by stem cell transplant
People with a rare disease called stiff person syndrome, or SPS, might benefit from a type of stem cell transplant that has been used to treat patients with leukemia and multiple sclerosis, researchers say.
Stem cells show promise for stroke in pilot study
A stroke therapy using stem cells extracted from patients’ bone marrow has shown promising results in the first trial of its kind in humans.
Five patients received the treatment in a pilot study conducted by doctors at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and scientists at Imperial College London.
Rare stem cells to regrow corneas and treat loss of vision
Scientists have discovered a way to regrow human corneal tissue using hard-to-find limbal stem cells known as ABCB5 molecule. Limbal stem cells reside in the eye’s basal limbal epithelium or limbus and help maintain and regenerate corneal tissue.
The value of saving umbilical cord blood
essica M. Sun, MD, a pediatric blood and marrow transplant specialist at Duke Children’s, explains why you might want to save your child’s umbilical cord blood.
Stem cell transplantation from unrelated donor saves 2-year-old
NEW DELHI: A 2-year-old boy previously suffering from Thalassemia Major was diagnosed as free from the blood disorder following a successful stem cell transplantation from an Indian donor. This is the first reported case in the country of Thalassemia being cured from the stem cells of an unrelated donor.
Good news for boy whose cancer fight drew police, fire support
Tyler Seddon, who has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia for about four years, has found two umbilical cord blood matches. Tyler’s mother, Rachel Seddon, is hoping this will make for a successful stem cell transplant, the next step in her son’s treatment.
Why new parents need to educate themselves about cord blood banking
Cord blood is a type of blood in a baby’s umbilical cord that’s rich in powerful blood-forming stem cells known as hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs). (HPCs aren’t embryonic stem cells.) HPCs, also found in bone marrow, are capable of renewing themselves and forming into more specialized cells.
Stem cell donor match found for Katie Herron
AMBRIDGE – The family of Cambridge girl Katie “Star” Herron has finally heard the words they’ve been longing to hear – a “perfect” stem cell match has been found that could save the four-year-old’s life. Herron has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but is one of the few children who don’t respond to normally successful treatment protocols.
Stem cell technology to cure spinal cord injuries introduced in KSA
The Sultan bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City (SAHC) announced Tuesday its intention to take stem cell transplantation to new heights by using the method to cure spinal cord injuries. The announcement was made by Prince Khaled bin Sultan, chairman of the Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation (SAAF), during the international spinal cord injury conference 2014, which kicked off at the SAHC headquarters on Tuesday.
Stem cell donor clinic planned for 4-year-old battling leukemia — again
When Katie was just 15 months old, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. But after 25 months of intensive treatment, including lumbar punctures, bone marrow aspirations, chemotherapy and steroids, Katie fought the cancer into remission.
Leukaemia patient in remission after umbilical cord stem cell transplant
A leukaemia patient in the UK, previously given up to 18 months to live, is now in remission after transplant of stem cells from two babies’ umbilical cords. Pyne is one of the first people in the UK to undergo an umbilical cord blood transplant, although the procedure is available on the NHS. Six similar transplants were performed at The Christie over the last year.
Stem Cell Knee Injection may Reduce Pain, Regenerate Tissue
Stem-cells are simply magical when it comes to the world of medical science, and a recent study involving a stem cell injection for pain relief and tissue regeneration in the knee shows their inner workings in action.
Stemcell gift of life gets paid forward
In a remarkable domino effect, Daniel Lilburne has repaid a debt to France for stemcells that saved the life of his younger brother Ryan more than five years ago. The 23-year-old has donated his stemcells so a young French woman could have a bone marrow transplant – the same operation Ryan had in 2008 using stemcells from the umbilical cord of a newborn in France.
Stem cell hope for palsy kids
Stem cells are “mother cells” – the biological building blocks of cells. They can be harvested from a newborn baby’s umbilical cord blood, the umbilical cord and embryos. They can mature into any of the body’s cell types.
Did cord blood banking save this baby from brain damage?
When Bailey was born, Coates and her husband Bob had decided to bank Bailey’s cord blood through Stemcyte, a private cord blood bank. Found in a baby’s umbilical cord, cord blood contains hematopoietic progenitor cells, a type of stem cell that has been used to treat leukemia and lymphoma.
DCRC cures six blood disorders through stem cell transplant
DUBAI: The Dubai Cord Blood and Research Centre (DCRC), has succeeded in curing blood disorders in six of its stem cell transplant patients from cord blood. Awareness among parents to donate cord blood to save others’ lives is needed, according to a senior official at the Centre.
Stem cell therapies show promise for spinal cord injury patients
Each year, thousands of people in the U.S. suffer spinal cord injuries. These injuries most often occur in car accidents and, unfortunately, the effects are generally irreversible. The basic idea behind stem cell therapies is to use cells with specific regenerative properties to repair damaged portions of the spinal cord.
Stem cell gene therapy shows promise for treating ‘devastating’ skin diseases
Researchers evaluated a patient with a genetic skin disorder known as epidermolysis bullosa (EB) nearly seven years after he had undergone a gene therapy procedure as part of a clinical trial. They found that a small number of skin stem cells transplanted into the patient’s legs were sufficient to restore normal skin function, without causing any adverse side effects.
BREAKING NEWS: Child with Cerebral Palsy Treated with Umbilical Cord Blood Derived Autologous Stem Cells
Cryo-Save Group N.V. (Euronext: CRYO, ‘Cryo-Save’, or ‘the Group’), the leading international stem cell storage company and the largest family stem cell bank in Europe announces that on December 10th 2013 a 4-year-old girl in Spain received an infusion of stem cells derived from her own umbilical cord blood for the treatment of her cerebral palsy.
Stem Cell Therapy Healing Jamaicans – The Miracle Of Using Your Body To Self-Repair
“To have the potential to use your own cells to repair an area in your body is an amazing tool that is every patient’s hope – no harsh drugs or major procedures. To be able to use stem cell treatments to save someone’s life or give them back their quality of life is phenomenal,” declared Simmonds-Fisher.
Stemcell-seeded windpipe patient healthy
A woman who received a donor windpipe seeded with her own stem cells in groundbreaking surgery five years ago is healthy, said a report on October 22, hailing progress in tissue engineering.
Cost comparison: Saving Stem Cells versus Buying Them
Our financial comparison features mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) taken from blood-forming tissue and grown in a laboratory to expand the cell count. In today’s dollars, storage of your own cells for multiple future doses is four times less expensive than buying a single dose of an off-the-shelf biologic drug.
Stem cell ‘miracle’ lifts hope on stroke
Based on previous work with animals, scientists from the Monash University School of Biomedical Sciences are preparing to conduct clinical trials in Malaysia, testing the ability of stem cells derived from human amniotic fluid to treat stroke.
Valley Springs woman saved by stem cell transplant
In the prime of her life, a Calaveras County woman showed an incredible will to live after being diagnosed with two life-threatening illnesses. In the end, it was the advanced technology of an umbilical cord stem cell transplant that allowed her to survive.
‘Artificial Bones’ Generated From Adult Stem Cells In Umbilical Cord Blood Gets A Patent
A new biomaterial that facilitates generating bone tissue – artificial bones, in their words – from umbilical cord stem cells has gotten a patent for researchers in Granada, Spain. The material is an activated carbon cloth support for cells that differentiate, giving rise to a product that can promote bone growth.
A Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood
The term “cord blood” is used to describe the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and the placenta after the birth of a baby. Cord blood contains stem cells that may be cryopreserved for later use in medical therapies, such as stem cell transplants or new emerging therapies.
Duke Medicine: The value of saving umbilical cord blood
Umbilical cord blood is a baby’s blood left in the placenta after the baby is born and the umbilical cord is cut. Historically, umbilical cord blood was discarded with the placenta as medical waste.
Researchers create miniature human liver out of stem cells
Scientists have created a tiny liver from stem cells that helped mice with chronic liver failure regain function.
Researchers in Japan transplanted 4-millimeter-wide “liver buds” made from human stem cells into a mice.
Stem-cell therapy wipes out HIV in two patients
Two men with HIV have been off Aids drugs for several months after receiving stem-cell transplants for cancer that appear to have cleared the virus from their bodies, researchers reported.