Monthly Archives: June 2014

Combating Sickle Cell Disease with Cord Blood Stem Cells

Combating Sickle Cell Disease with Cord Blood Stem Cells

June 19 is designated as World Sickle Cell Day. The international observance provides an opportunity to heighten awareness of the formidable public health challenge presented by the common, non-malignant blood disorder. Sickle cell disease is a genetic disorder in which the body produces abnormally shaped red blood cells. The sickled or c-shaped red blood cells(…)

Duke To Explore Cord Blood As Autism And Stroke Treatment.

Duke To Explore Cord Blood As Autism And Stroke Treatment.

Duke To Explore Cord Blood As Autism And Stroke Treatment. Duke Medicine has been awarded $15 million to support an innovative research program that explores the use of umbilical cord blood cells to treat autism, stroke, cerebral palsy and related brain disorders. The award from The Marcus Foundation, an Atlanta-based philanthropic organization, will fund the(…)

Cord Blood Cured Me – Amanda Canale

Cord Blood Cured Me – Amanda Canale

Cord Blood Cured Me In the 1970s, researchers discovered that a newborn’s umbilical cord blood contained special stem cells that could help certain diseases. More than 30 years later, doctors are still experimenting with, learning more about and perfecting the use of cord blood. Amanda Canale doesn’t take time with her daughter and niece for(…)

Could babies fight cerebral palsy with their own blood?

Could babies fight cerebral palsy with their own blood?

Could babies fight cerebral palsy with their own blood? MELBOURNE researchers have singled out three types of stem cells in the cord blood, as they prepare to trial giving Victorian babies back their own umbilical blood in the hope of preventing cerebral palsy. Pre-clinical studies at the Ritchie Centre, part of the MIMR-PHI Institute of(…)

Understanding Cell Potency

Understanding Cell Potency

Cell potency refers to how specialised a cell is and its ability to differentiate; create other cell types. At the moment of conception, a stem cell is made. This stem cell has the ability to divide to create more cells and these cells differentiate and become more and more specialised as the germ layers are(…)