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Cerebral Palsy Treated with Cord Blood Stem Cells

Cryo-Save Group N.V., the leading stem cell bank in Europe has announced a release of another sample of umbilical cord blood on December 15, 2010. A boy with cerebral palsy from Portugal, aged 6, has traveled to the Duke University in the United States to take part in a clinical trial for cerebral palsy treatment which has been approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Cerebral palsy is a serious disease characterized by brain injury that causes permanent physical disability which cannot be cured. On the other hand, many parents with children suffering from this disease report that they have noticed improvement after their children received a stem cell therapy involving the use of the patients’ own stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood. Clinical trial that will take place at the Duke University and many other research centers worldwide hope to discover enough data to prove that stem cell therapy can help people suffering from cerebral palsy.

The FDA approved clinical trial at the Duke University can be participated only by people who have their umbilical cord blood stored at a bank such as Cryo-Save since birth. In this clinical trial, participants will went through a simple and safe treatment. They will receive a transfusion of their own stem cells from their umbilical cord blood. Then, the researchers will monitor the response of participants to the treatment and hopefully, get enough evidence to support benefits of stem cell therapy for cerebral palsy.

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Stem Cell Research and Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy describes a group of permanent disorders of the development of movement and posture, causing activity limitation, that are attributed to nonprogressive disturbances that occurred in the developing fetal or infant brain. The motor disorders of cerebral palsy are often accompanied by disturbances of sensation, perception, cognition, communication, and behaviour, by epilepsy, and by secondary musculoskeletal problems.

In March of last year, a toddler diagnosed with cerebral palsy showed incredible improvement after an infusion of his own stem cells. This was made possible by the collection and storage of his own cord blood shortly before birth.

“[Dallas’ doctors] said by the age of 7, there may be no signs of cerebral palsy at all,” Hextell told TODAY co-host Meredith Vieira, “So he’s on his way, as far as we’re concerned.”

Since the U.S. has more stringent regulations on unproven medical treatments, a commercial solution is not yet available. Hopefully, eventual changes to the strict regulations on stem cell research will occur – opening up literally thousands of treatment possibilities for people suffering countless diseases. Contact your congressman to let them know where you and your family stand.

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