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Cord Blood Research : Reversing Effects Of Critical Diseases From Human Life

Oct 9, 2007
With every advancement in the field of cord blood research, the chances of recovery from fatal diseases increases. Hints of latent curing abilities in umbilical cords have made it the subject of microscopic observation for researchers worldwide. Since discovery, its hematopoietic properties have encouraged researchers to take up a number of researches and find its viabilities in a number of diseases.

Earlier researches have already come up with huge success in finding and implementing these stem cells in a number of diseases. Leukemia, child cancers, some forms of blindness, spinal cord injuries, heart attack and strokes are to name a few of them. As scientists put in more emphasis to carry out researches on stem cells, extracted from newborns umbilical cord, the future of medical sciences and human lives point out to a new ray of hope in combating challenging diseases.

Umbilical Cord blood Stem Cell Researches For Childrens Diseases

Cord blood cells are used in replacing failed blood cells in the human body. Statistics reveal that around six thousand patients across the world have received stem cell transplants until date. As per U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the procedures of transplants have been experimental. These stem cell researches have come up with positive impacts in myriad children ailments.

According to the University of Minnesota Medical Center and the University of Minnesota Childrens Hospital in Fairview, cord blood research has directed new horizons in treating children with leukemia, failure in bone marrow, storage disease and several immunodeficiency disorders. Recent discoveries have lead to devising strategies for more advanced uses of cells, namely, the expansion of stem cells. This new treatment strategy involves expanding stem cells and co-transplanting of stromal cells or the cells referred as nursing cells of the bone marrow.

Pre implantation genetic diagnosis is another latest discovery brainstormed by the professor of Department of Pediatrics from University of Minnesota and one of the worlds recognized experts of cord blood transplant, John Wagner. This pre implantation genetic diagnosis is said to be helpful in identifying healthy sibling donors in a family, especially in treating children ailing from Fanconi Anemia, thalassemia, sickle cell diseases, Hurlers syndrome and a host of genetic diseases.

Recovery Due To Stem Cells Transplant

Cord blood research has led adults diseases to come up with positive outcome. Though umbilical stem cells have been mainly used for children leukemia for years, but when a team of researchers attempted to transplant the cells in adults leukemia treatment, they ended up with remarkable success. Here are some instances of cord blood transplantation success:

A patient was diagnosed with adult leukemia, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia or CML and was dependent on the Chemotherapy treatment in 1995. In 1997, as he pursued a clinical trial of cord blood cell transplantation, he showed an instance of complete recovery, making the patient cancer free for over nine years!

Another significant achievement of this research on adults was perceived in a patient of 37 years, suffering from severe spinal cord injuries. The patient who was for years paralyzed owing to injury, was injected stem cells precisely at the particular area of her spine injury. After three weeks of therapy, she was able to walk with the assistance and at present, she manages to walk with no aid.

With numerous achievements stemming from cord blood research, parents should consider preservation to find greater chances of survival from life threatening disorders.
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As cord blood research opens new possibilities in the healing of patients with life-threatening diseases using umbilical cord blood stem cell, stem cells transplant is seen as benefiting both children and adults suffering from a range of illnesses like immunodeficiency disorders and adult leukemia.
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