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Last Saturday the LA Times ran a story with the headline: Cord blood: Banking on unproven hopes. The article highlights some studies in which human patients have have been successfully treated with stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood, particularly mentioning the case of 3-year-old Dallas Hextell who was treated for cerebral palsy with his […]

Posted at: February 25th, 2009 - 9:55 am - Number of Comments » 0

Once the late Ronald Reagan’s Alzheimer’s Disease progressed so far that his wife Nancy could, “no longer reach him” she, and her son Ron, came out publicly in favor of embryonic stem cell research in the hope of finding a cure for this devastating disease. They have both been strong advocates for this life destroying […]

Posted at: March 27th, 2008 - 9:33 pm - Number of Comments » 0

On July 4, a six year old girl from Joplin, MO, blind since she was a few months old, received the first of five stem-cell transplants from umbilical cord blood, at a hospital in China. Where once there was nothing, Rylea Barlett now responds to light and can recognize people’s faces. Upon looking at her […]

Posted at: September 4th, 2007 - 3:40 pm - Number of Comments » 1

Well here’s a little thing I found on Life News that I didn’t see before. Apparently yesterday a house committee adopted the cord blood funding amendment that I told you about earlier today. Here is the short story: Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The House of Representatives adopted an amendment to a fiscal year 2008 budget […]

Posted at: July 18th, 2007 - 10:18 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Today, as we are speaking actually, the U.S. House of Representatives has taken up the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill. Rep. Chris Smith (R, NJ) and Rep. Artur Davis (D, AL) are supposed to offer an amendment, according to Life News, that would: bring the funding of the National Cord Blood Inventory program […]

Posted at: July 18th, 2007 - 9:33 am - Number of Comments » 0

I haven’t done any adult stem cell success stories in a few weeks so here’s a bunch: Heart Attack Patients Treated With Novel Stem Cell Therapy Experience Significant Improvement in Heart and Lung Function Science Daily — Heart attack patients who received an new intravenous adult stem cell therapy, Provacel™, experienced a lower number of […]

Posted at: March 29th, 2007 - 10:41 pm - Number of Comments » 0

I really like this story about umbilical cord blood banking from ABC news: Umbilical Cord Cells: Godsend or Gimmick. I think it provides a practical approach to to the subject without being overly negative. I am very much in favor of cord blood banking, but I would not say that it is necessarily for absolutely […]

Posted at: March 24th, 2007 - 11:10 pm - Number of Comments » 0

If not for umbilical cord blood, Jessica Berry of Macomb Township is convinced her 5-year-old daughter, Olivia, wouldn’t have survived. Born four months premature, Olivia weighed only 1 pound, 2 ounces. She required more than 10 blood transfusions, heart surgery and extensive treatment for her eyes and lungs. In all, the infant was hospitalized for […]

Posted at: March 10th, 2007 - 12:16 am - Number of Comments » 2

This article in the LA Times is ripe with criticism of the recent push for stem cell banking: KEVIN MANNIX is a salesman and entrepreneur in the healthcare industry, a husband, father of two and the son of a man who died of a heart attack at 52. In matters of business and of health, […]

Posted at: March 5th, 2007 - 10:26 pm - Number of Comments » 0

CHICAGO: A three-year-old leukemia victim was given a life-saving infusion of her own cord blood, marking the first time a child with this disease served as their own blood donor, American doctors said Thursday. This was largely thanks the the girl’s parent’s decision to save some of her umbilical cord after she was born. The […]

Posted at: January 7th, 2007 - 10:28 pm - Number of Comments » 0