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10 Awesome Cord Blood Discoveries in 2017

Umbilical cord blood stem cells have been used to help treat a whole range of diseases and conditions. These stem cells can develop and grow into blood vessels, organs and even tissues, making them a versatile component in various treatments.

Let’s take a look at 10 of the greatest cord blood discoveries and why they’re so important.

Lung progenitor cells

Growing and purifying lung progenitor cells are now possible and this means that ‘bronchosperes’ can now be created – clusters of lung cells. This will enable scientists to recreate the environment of diseases such as cystic fibrosis and test different drugs within a safe environment.

Learn More » Scientists Grow & Purify Earliest Lung Progenitors from Human Stem Cells

Inner ear parts

In a new study by the US University School of Medicine, scientists have been able to grow parts of the inner ear from stem cells. This will enable researchers to test varying treatments for those with hearing impairments.

Learn More » Using Stem Cells to Grow Working Inner Ear Parts to Treat Deafness

Treatment of cataracts

Another ground-breaking cord blood discovery is the ability to treat cataracts in children with the use of stem cells. This research involves the regeneration of the removed lens that had been affected by the cataracts and is a less invasive form of treatment.

Learn More » Using Stem Cells to Treat Cataracts in Children

Regenerating and repairing lungs

In a new treatment for cystic fibrosis (CF), a discovery of how to focus stem cells to create lung cells could contribute to the regenerating of damaged parts of the lung. This would be an effective treatment for CF as it would repair the damage caused by the disease.

Learn More » Two Stem Cell Discoveries Promise to Advance Cystic Fibrosis Research

Fighting arthritis

By using stem cells, researchers are able to replace the gene responsible for inflammation with an anti-inflammatory agent in a study dedicated to the treatment of arthritis.

Learn More » Researchers are Using Edited Stem Cells to Fight Arthritis

Slowing cognitive decline

Researchers have discovered that the use of cord blood could help prevent the cognitive decline of the elderly. This cord blood discovery involves the usage of TIMP2 – a protein found in cord blood – and its effect on the region of the brain responsible for memory and spatial navigation.

Learn More » Umbilical Cord Blood Protein May Keep Ageing Brains Healthy

Helping cancer patients

Alongside the many other uses of cord blood, one discovery is helping cancer patients on their road to recovery. Using the haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) found in cord blood, doctors can help cancer patients – and those with immunity disorders – by restoring the ability to produce healthy blood cells after chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Learn More » How Umbilical Cords are Saving the Lives of Cancer Patients

Treating autism

With some evidence linking dysfunctional immune systems to autism, a clinical trial took place to determine the effects of cord blood stem cells. So far, the clinical trials involving cord blood transplants have proven to be successful in helping to treat autism.

Learn More » The Investigation of Using Cord Blood Stem Cells for Autism Treatment

Treating cerebral palsy

Cord blood stem cells are being used to treat cerebral palsy via a transplant. The stem cells are then able to repair and rejuvenate the damaged cells in the brain in order to treat the condition. The first phase of the trial is currently underway after smaller clinical trials showed promising results.

Learn More » Treating Cerebral Palsy with Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells

Damaged brain cells from a stroke

Treating the aftermaths of a stroke can be a varied process, but once brain cells have been damaged, it can be extremely difficult to recover. An initial research project has experimented with inserting stem cells close to the affected brain area to repair nerve cells and so far has shown positive results.

Learn More » Using Stem Cells to Treat the After Effects of Stroke

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