The study findings are especially encouraging for this unique umbilical cord
allograft -- as the wounds these patients suffered from can have devastating effects on their daily lives, including pain, restricted mobility and inability to work," Dr.
A GRANDAD given just months to live has beaten leukaemia - after getting stem cells from two babies' umbilical cords
Sun Life s donation has contributed to having the first national public umbilical cord
blood bank open its doors in Ottawa this fall 2013.
The expansion/freeze/thaw procedure results in sufficient umbilical cord
blood stem cells for a single cell transplant increasing cord blood availability for patients and reducing the cost of treatment when double unit transplantation is considered.
blood and the extra-embryonic membranes of placenta are ideal sources of progenitor cells, said the researchers, because the tissues are discarded as medical waste and ethical concerns facing embryonic stem cells are avoided.
But work in America showed that if cells from two umbilical cords
are combined, there is enough to transplant for an adult.
In an announcement in the May 18 Federal Register HRSA said it will invite the first cohort of umbilical cord
blood banks receiving (NCBI) contracts to submit competitive proposals for participation in the demonstration project with an emphasis on: (1) Establishment of nationwide collections; and (2) encouraging banks to subcontract with other experienced, collection, processing, and storing efforts.
The use of umbilical cord
stem cells is not currently available in Britain because the Government wants more research.
According to the study: "Now we know that at this critical time when organs, vessels, membranes, and systems are knit together from single cells to finished form in a span of weeks, the umbilical cord
carries not only the building blocks of life, but also a steady stream of industrial chemicals, pollutants, and pesticides that cross the placenta as readily as residues from cigarettes and alcohol.
Adult" stem cells are derived from several sources, including umbilical cord
blood and human fat.
Researchers around the world are reporting remarkable success in using umbilical cord
stem cells to treat conditions as varied as spinal cord injury and leukemia.
In two studies comparing treatments for adults with leukemia, scientists find that a transplant of umbilical cord
blood offers a viable option for people who don't have a well-matched bone marrow donor.
This national umbilical cord
blood bank would be aimed at providing genetically diverse treatments and stem cells for research, according to Rep.
The study is being carried out by the Northwestern Ontario Technology Centre (NOTC) and a group of Thunder Bay medical community stakeholders working together to study the feasibility of a bone tissue bank and umbilical cord
blood stein cell bank.
In the gap between scientific theory and certainty, the umbilical cord
no longer is simply the nourishing tie between mother and baby.