Archive | May, 2009

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Obama Talks Embryonic Stem Cell Research at Notre Dame

During his graduation speech to the class of 2009 at the University of Notre Dame, President Barack Obama emphasized the use of embryonic stem cell research for juvenile diabetes. During part of President Obama’s commencement speech focusing on the political and cultural disagreements Notre Dame students will encounter as they go into life, Barack Obama [...]

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Are Umbilical Cord Blood Transplants Safe?

During the last decade over 4000 umbilical cord blood transplants have been performed around the world. The interest in this mode of transplant has grown as well, as cord blood transplants are an alternative for treating cancer and serious diseases. A Cord blood transplant carries with it as much risk as a bone marrow or [...]

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Stem Cell Treatment Heals Heart Attack Victim

Stem cells were used to treat and heal Eddie Floyd after he suffered an almost life-threatening heart attack. Mr. Floyd, who had suffered a heart attack a couple of years previously, was brought into to the hospital and asked if he wanted to participate in a stem cell research clinical trial using adult stem cells to [...]

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North Carolina Bill Encourages Cord Blood Donation

On Tuesday, in North Carolina, the state House passed a bill to encourage pregnant women to donate umbilical cord blood to help cancer patients. State Representative Margaret Dickson of Fayetteville sponsored the bill, which now moves to the Senate. If the bill becomes law, the state Department of Health and Human Services would place documents [...]

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Free Cord Blood Banking

It can cost anywhere from $1,000-$2,000 for umbilical cord blood banking and about $100/year for storage and maintenance. This week, Catherine Claeys of the National Marrow Donor Program in Minneapolis released the following information in the Washington Post Health Section. Banking umbilical cord blood is useful when there is a sibling with a diagnosed medical [...]

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Obama Vs. Church on Stem Cell Research

President Barack Obama’s recent lifting of restrictions on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research has puts him at odds with Pope Benedict and the American Roman Catholic Church. After Obama signed the order, the Vatican immediately condemned the move. Obama’s executive order reversed restrictions placed on the research by his predecessor, George W. [...]

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Blood Cord Banks: Understanding Cord Blood Stem Cells

There has been plenty of news coverage and controversy about the excellent impacts that current research on cord blood stem cells is having on the the possibility of cures for a number of terminal diseases. Why are stem cells important? Stem cells have a great level of plasticity which means they can generate and regenerate [...]

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Advantages Of Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplantation

Over 45,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Canada and the United States every year, and the treatment often requires a bone marrow or peripheral blood cell transplant. A growing, alternative source is available through cord blood banks, which collect stem cells from donated umbilical cord blood. The potential advantages of cord blood stem cell [...]

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Considering Cord Blood Donation?

Cord Blood Donation is a completely safe and harmless procedure that can be done at the time of birth of your baby and the stem cells can be used to treat people who are suffering from leukaemia, lymphoma and a host of other illnesses. Umbilical Cord Blood is high in stem cells and there is [...]

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Stem Cells Proving Effective in Fighting Cancer

Embryonic stem cells are once again getting attention this year, because of work being done by scientists at the University of Minnesota. “Embryonic stem cells are often talked about to treat things like diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injury,” says researcher Dan Kaufman. “Now we really can add cancer to that list.” Dr. Kaufman [...]

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