Autologous Stem Cell Transplant

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What is a stem cell transplant? Most stem cells are in your bone marrow. You also have some in your blood that circulate from your bone marrow. Bone marrow stem cells turn into red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets to help your body stay healthy. If your bone marrow is attacked by a

Cord Blood Banking: Deciding About Public or Private Donations

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Cord blood banking can be a priceless investment. After birth, your baby no longer needs the umbilical cord or placenta. But the blood that remains could be a lifesaver for a patient who needs it, including a member of your own family. That’s because this blood is rich with blood-forming stem cells. As with bone

Cord Blood May Help Kids With Diabetes


Infusions of cord blood infusions seem to help kids with type 1 diabetes – apparently by partially reversing the misguided immune system attack that is the keystone of the disease. The experimental treatment is being tested by University of Florida researchers Desmond A. Schatz, MD, medical director of the University of Florida diabetes center, and

What Happens During the Stem Cell Transplant?


A few days after you’ve finished with your chemotherapy or radiation treatment, your doctor will order the actual stem cell transplant. The harvested stem cells – either from a donor or from your own body – are thawed and infused into a vein through an IV tube. The process is essentially painless. The actual stem

Deciding on a Stem Cell Transplant for Cancer Treatment

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Is a stem cell transplant or bone marrow transplant the right treatment for you? It’s not an easy decision to make. Remember, many of these procedures are still experimental and should be done on a clinical trial basis.  It’s tough to weigh the potential benefits with the serious risks – not to mention the disruption

What Are the Risks of Stem Cell Transplant for Cancer Treatment?


The main risks come from the chemotherapy and radiation treatment before the stem cell transplant. When they destroy the bone marrow, the body is at risk of infection and uncontrolled bleeding. Even a common cold or the flu can be quite dangerous. It can take some time before your blood counts are back to normal.

Researchers Find Stem Cells That Regenerate Nails

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Researchers have discovered the stem cells that allow your nails to grow back after you lose them. Using mouse nail cells, University of Southern California scientists identified stem cells that can perform two roles. In normal conditions, the stem cells assist in the growth of both the nails and nearby skin. However, if a nail

Cord Blood Banking


Are you considering storing your baby’s your cord blood? Or donating it to a bank? Here are a few things to know. Why is cord blood important? Cord blood is rich in stem cells, which can be used in place of bone marrow stem cells to treat more than 80 life-threatening diseases. “Cord blood transplants

Cord Blood Banking for Twins

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Even though they provide nutrition to babies in the womb, the umbilical cord and placenta get little attention once they emerge into the world. But medical advances have given many couples a reason to give these often overshadowed tissues a second look. What Is Cord Blood Banking? Cord blood banking is a process of collecting

The Debate on Cord Blood Banking


Many debates have sprung up on cord blood banking in relation to its supposed significance and medical benefit, with the pros and cons to the issue. These debates are well represented by its accusers and defenders. Cord blood banking process immediately starts after the birth of a newborn child; the residual blood is collected from