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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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

Look, no embryos! The future of ethical stem cells

Look, no embryos! The future of ethical stem cells

The Future Of Ethical Stem Cells. For years, ethical issues hampered progress in stem cell research. Now, experts believe that developments in reprogrammed ‘iPS’ cells will truly revolutionise the treatment of life-threatening illnesses.  It is unclear at exactly what point the phrase “stem cell” entered the vernacular, one of very few scientific terms that achieve(…)