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  • The safety trial, led by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, will recruit patients nationally and take place at The Royal Children’s Hospital. Expected to take two years, the study is being funded by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation and Cell Care, Australia’s largest private cord blood bank. It is the first step in a […]

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  • More than half of all cases of blindness are caused by cataracts – the clouding of the eye’s lens. An implanted lens is normally needed to restore sight, but the operation described in Nature activated stem cells in the eye to grow a new one. Experts describe the breakthrough as one of the finest achievements […]

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  • The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation recently secured a provisional patent to protect a new strategy to increase the number of blood stem cells. According to a new study published early online in Stem Cell Reports, Emery Bresnick, a professor of cell and regenerative biology and the director of the UW-Madison Blood Research Program at the […]

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  • Doctors in Spain have announced the world’s first clinical trial to cure five HIV patients within three years using transplants of blood from umbilical cords. Spain’s National Organization of Transplants (ONT) announced a plan that will be the world’s first of its kind to cure five people with HIV over the next three years, recreating […]

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  • An umbilical cord blood donation from one Quebec brother to another has made Canadian history as the first stem-cell transplant among siblings from a public umbilical cord bank. Nolan Laberge, left, was cured of a rare blood cancer thanks to an umbilical cord donation from older brother Nathis, right, made years earlier to a public […]

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  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may be associated with an overproduction of inhibitory neurons, according to a new study. ASD is a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by communication problems, social deficits, and repetitive behaviors. Some studies have revealed a link between certain genes and ASD, but the majority of cases are idiosyncratic, meaning their […]

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  • Canadian researchers have published promising results of the first clinical trial in the world of a genetically-enhanced stem cell therapy for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). This rare and deadly disease mainly affects young women, and is characterized by very high pressure in the arteries supplying blood to the lungs. In some cases, PAH is caused […]

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  • By targeting inflammation, adult allogeneic bone-marrow–derived mesenchymal precursor cells (MPCs) may represent a novel treatment for type 2 diabetes, a new pilot study suggests. Findings from the multicenter dose-escalating randomized placebo-controlled trial in 61 adults with inadequately controlled type 2 diabetes were published in Diabetes Care by Jay S Skyler, MD, deputy director for clinical […]

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  • n injection of a patient’s bone marrow stem cells during rotator cuff surgery significantly improved healing and tendon durability, according to a study presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Each year in the U.S., more than 2 million people have rotator cuff surgery to re-attach their […]

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  • The global effort by scientists to find a way to grow human replacement organs in other animals may have been nudged forward by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla. A team led by the Salk’s Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte says it has combined a newly identified type of human stem […]

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  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (CNS) that mainly affects young adults. The pathology of MS involves demyelination of nervous cells along with the neuro-degeneration. The clinical manifestation of the disease includes severe brain inflammation, sensory disorders, weakness, pain, tiredness, depression, and organ paralysis. MS can be developed […]

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  • Three San Antonio doctors are bringing the science of stem-cell therapy treatments to orthopedic injuries, a burgeoning field that caters to patients seeking to have joints or tendons rebuilt without undergoing surgery. The physicians at The Stem Cell Orthopedic Institute of Texas — a recently created division of the long-standing South Texas Spinal Clinic — […]

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