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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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