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  • Eva Weiler was 20 weeks into pregnancy when doctors diagnosed her unborn daughter Alise with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, commonly called HLHS. “She has half a heart. Her left ventricle really doesn’t exist. The diagnosis is devastating and you look for anything that’s going to give you hope,” Weiler told CBS News. Children with HLHS typically […]

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  • UC San Francisco researchers have safely transplanted a woman’s stem cells into her growing fetus, leading to the live birth of an infant with a normally fatal fetal condition. The infant, who had been critically ill during the second-trimester of pregnancy due to alpha thalassemia, is the first patient enrolled in the world’s first clinical […]

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  • The search for a cure for blood cancers has received a boost with new research by Singapore scientists shedding light on how stem cells can be more effectively used to treat diseases such as leukaemia. The five researchers are from the National Cancer Centre Singapore, the National University of Singapore (NUS), Duke-NUS Medical School, and […]

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  • According to preliminary results from the ongoing ROSE clinical trial, autologous human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells were able to aid in the reversal of hypo-estrogenemia, subsequently followed by the resumption of regular menstruation, reported Propser Igboeli, MD, of Augusta University in Georgia and colleagues, at ENDO 2018. Premature ovarian insufficieny (POI) affects around 1% […]

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  • A new stem cell transplant might help preserve or even restore vision being lost to the dry form of age-related macular degeneration, a new pilot clinical trial has shown. In the experimental therapy, a specially engineered sheet of stem cells is transplanted into the back wall of the eye to replace a layer of cells […]

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  • The treatment uses the patient’s own stem cells extracted from a sample of their bone marrow. They’re multiplied and matured to make them behave more like brain cells, then injected back into the patient where the cells help repair the brain and spinal cord. Researchers hope the treatment can decrease brain inflammation that causes worsening […]

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  • Researchers at the Cleveland Cord Blood Center (CCBC) are studying T cells from the umbilical cord blood of healthy newborn babies. The T cells from newborn babies are unique in that they have very strong T regulatory capacity in order to provide immune tolerance between the baby and the mother during pregnancy.   The CCBC […]

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  • An Edmonton woman appears to be the first adult in Canada to be cured of sickle cell disease through a stem cell transplant, giving her hope of a new life without the life-threatening and painful disease. Sickle cell disease is a genetic condition in which the body’s normally round red blood cells become sticky and […]

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  • Cleft lip and palate are among the most common congenital birth defects (CDC).  Between the fourth and ninth weeks of pregnancy, tissues from each side of the head grow toward the center and join together to make the face. A baby can be born with a cleft lip or palate if the tissues that compose […]

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  • Gracie has autism, a condition that affected nearly every aspect of her family’s life after she was diagnosed at 2. But a new study is offering hope for the Gregorys and families like them.   Gracie was one of 25 children who took part in the first-of-its-kind study at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. […]

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  • Researchers have identified a set of molecular ‘flags’ that are present on the surface of human stem cells. Stem cells are cells that have the potential to differentiate into a variety of specialised cells. By recognising the flags, researchers can now accurately track and investigate stem cells as the cells transition between different states. This […]

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  • Scientists working at the University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant recently published their research in the journal Nature. They’ve shown that a virtually unlimited blood supply can be achieved through a process of “immortalizing” stem cells at an early stage. Previously, researchers have been able to synthesize blood by isolating a type of […]

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