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Cure For Type 1 Diabetes Imminent After Harvard Stem Cell Breakthrough

Cure For Type 1 Diabetes Imminent After Harvard Stem Cell Breakthrough

A cure for Type 1 Diabetes could be imminent after scientists discovered how to make huge quantities of insulin-producing cells, in a breakthrough hailed as significant as antibiotics. Harvard University has, for the first time, managed to manufacture the millions of beta cells required for transplantation. It could mean the end of daily insulin injections(…)

Fanconi Anaemia: Appeal For More Cord Blood Donors

Fanconi Anaemia: Appeal For More Cord Blood Donors

Fanconi Anaemia: Sam Fletcher of Whalley, Lancashire is appealing for more women to come forward and donate their baby’s umbilical cords after his son’s life was saved by a stem cell transplant using umbilical cord blood. When Sam Fletcher’s son, Charlie, fell ill with rare genetic disease Fanconi Anaemia he described it as the “most(…)

Cord Blood Donation FAQs

Cord Blood Donation FAQs

Unfortunately, cord blood donation is neither widely available nor widely known about in the UK. While awareness surrounding the area is growing, for some, cord blood donation remains a bit of a mystery, with misconceptions around the subject common.  Here we take a look at common cord blood donation FAQs. Common cord blood donation FAQs.(…)

Stem Cell Injections To Beat Tennis Elbow?

Stem Cell Injections To Beat Tennis Elbow?

Stem Cell Injections For Tendon Injuries? Patients are receiving stem cell injections in an attempt to heal hard-to-treat tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow. The treatment, which has previously been used on injured racehorses, uses a patient’s stem cells to super-charge the body’s natural repair mechanisms. Millions of Britons suffer tendon injuries. Tendons are the tough(…)

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 200,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer each year worldwide, unfortunately 30% of children diagnosed will lose their battle with the illness[1].  There are many forms of childhood cancer, however the most common forms are leukaemia which accounts for approximately a third of all childhood cancers, neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, lymphoma(…)

Autoimmune Disease: In the Spotlight

Autoimmune Disease: In the Spotlight

What is an Autoimmune Disease? An autoimmune disease is the result of your immune system attacking the healthy cells in your body, mistaking them for foreign cells. Foreign cells are cells which could cause the body harm such as infections.  The type of autoimmune disease which ensues after such attacks will depend on which cells(…)

Stiff Person Syndrome: Stem Cells Treat Rare Disease

Stiff Person Syndrome: Stem Cells Treat Rare Disease

Stiff Person Syndrome treated with Stem Cells. Canadian doctors have begun using stem cell transplants to treat “stiff person syndrome,” a rare neurological condition in which a patient’s leg and other muscles suddenly contract painfully, often leaving them immobilized like a tin soldier. The disorder, which affects an estimated one in a million people, occurs(…)

Umbilical Cord Blood Banking: 3 Myths Debunked

Umbilical Cord Blood Banking: 3 Myths Debunked

Umbilical Cord Blood Banking Myths. While umbilical cord blood awareness and banking is steadily increasing in the UK, there are still many misconceptions surrounding cord blood banking and umbilical cord tissue storage.  Here we will take a look at 3 common misconceptions and debunk those cord blood myths. Myth #1: I can’t store my baby’s(…)