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(Extract from article by David Prentice)
Umbilical cord blood stem cells have become an extremely valuable alternative to bone marrow adult stem cell transplants, ever since cord blood stem cells were first used for patients over 25 years ago. The first umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant was performed in October 1988, for a 5-year-old child with Fanconi anemia, a serious condition where the bone marrow fails to make blood cells. That patient is currently alive and healthy, 25 years after the cord blood stem cell transplant.

Since that time, over 30,000 cord blood stem cell transplants have been done around the world, and transplants have increased for various blood and bone marrow diseases and leukemias, as well as for genetic enzymatic diseases in children. Cord blood stem cell transplants have also become more common for adults with leukemia. Cord blood transplants have been especially helpful for racial and ethnic minorities.
 
Bone marrow adult stem cell transplants require an exact match between donor and recipient, and it can sometimes be difficult to find a donor match for a patient, especially for minorities. But umbilical cord blood stem cells can be used with some mismatch and still provide successful treatments.**
 
The Wall Street Journal recently noted the increased interest in umbilical cord blood by scientists and doctors seeking stem cell cures. Besides current treatments, cord blood stem cells are now being studied for their potential to treat many more diseases, including Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as congenital heart disease and cerebral palsy. The story quotes Dr. William Shearer, professor of pediatrics and immunology at Baylor College of Medicine:
 
“It’s a disposable item that Mother Nature provides us with… It’s a renewable source. It’s free and why not use it?”
Since the first umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant over 25 years ago, over 600,000 cord blood units have been stored away around the globe for future lifesaving transplants. Just two examples of public programs to collect and store umbilical cord blood stem cells are the National Marrow Donor Program (motto: “You could cure someone’s blood cancer by giving birth”) and the National Cord Blood Program, and additionally there are commercial cord blood storage companies, involved in collection, storage, and research. The data so far show that cord blood stem cells can be stored frozen for over 20 years without loss of potency.
 
And it’s not controversial. As a recent news story in the Washington Times showed, many more states are turning to ethical, successful adult stem cells, providing real hope and real treatments for thousands of people. One such state, Kansas, last year initiated a unique Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center that will treat patients, do research on new therapies, educate the public and professionals on the advantages of adult stem cells such as those from cord blood and the solid umbilical cord, and train physicians to deliver those treatments. Paul Wagle was appointed by Governor Brownback to represent the patient community on the new Advisory Board for the Kansas Center. Paul received an umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant for his leukemia in 2005. Partly as a result of the successful treatment, Paul developed an interest in science and earned a triple major from Benedictine College in Kansas in 2013, and is now in seminary. The Kansas Center has already treated its first patient and held its inaugural scientific conference.

Here are just a few other examples of the double lifesaving from a born baby and the saved cord blood.

Mary Lou Rusco also received umbilical cord blood stem cells for her leukemia. She received the treatment from doctors at the Kansas University Medical Center, and is now free from leukemia.

Joe Davis, Jr. was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, at only a few months old. His parents were told that he wouldn’t survive to be a teenager, and they couldn’t find a bone marrow match for him. But along came younger brother Isaac, whose umbilical cord blood stem cells saved Joe Junior’s life.

Chloe Levine received an innovative cord blood stem cell transplant at Duke University to treat her cerebral palsy. She’s now a happy healthy little girl.

**As accurate and meaningful as this excerpt is, it is too conservative in 2014.  Yes, in 2010 it may have been considered correct, but today, umbilical cord stem cells (UCSC) are rapidly becoming the adult stem cells of choice at our world- leading 14 clinics.  There are two reasons for this: (1) Matching UCSC, as they must for bone marrow transplants, is a waste of time. The ultra-modern, super-clean cutting-edge labs which produce them deliver a product without DNA markers.  This means that the receiving patient's immune system cannot reject them as "strange DNA."  (2) Even more exciting, is that the stem cell leaders are choosing the rare "mesenchymal" stem cells rather than the commonplace stem cells found in bone marrow, adipose, or umbilical cords because they can become virtually any kind of tissue cell the patient may need.  Since the mesenchymal numbers are something like 1/1000 of the common cells, they must be cultured and grown over time---normally 2-3 months with bone marrow and adipose, making the patient wait or make two trips to the clinic.  But the new M-UCSC are prepared and delivered to the treating doctors before the patient even arrives, meaning he now gets mesenchymals without any delay!---Repair Stem Cells Institute

Posted: 2/15/2014 5:51:44 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


Are you or a loved one interested in receiving stem cell treatment? For free information, please fill out our treatment form or email me don@repairstemcells.org and just put TREATMENT in the subject box and the MEDICAL CONDITION in the message.
A survey of recent headlines about medical treatment received by Governor and potential presidential-hopeful Rick Perry of Texas could easily lead one to believe that he is a Texas-sized hypocrite when it comes to his opposition to human embryonic stem cell research. Once again, the mainstream media has things seriously wrong.
 
A Google search turns up articles with misleading titles, such as:  “Stem Cell Critic Receives Stem Cell Therapy,” “Rick Perry has Stem Cell Procedure, Then Works to Bring it to Texas,”  “Gov. Rick Perry Underwent Stem Cell therapy,” and “Report:  Rick Perry Had Experimental Stem Cell Therapy.”
While there are a few exceptions, most of articles that address Gov. Perry’s treatment include titles that could easily lead one to believe that he accepted a treatment for his own medical condition that he has historically opposed for the treatment of others.
 
Of course, if you have the patience to read most of the articles carefully, you will see that the authors are forced to acknowledge that Gov. Perry’s treatment did not use stem cells taken from destroyed human embryos, and thus, he is not a “hypocrite” for opposing treatments that are based upon the use of such stem cells.  In fact, it is the right position to take: opposing unethical research, while supporting ethical alternatives.  Human embryonic stem cell research is morally wrong because it is rooted in the destruction of a human being; but other kinds of stem cell research, not involving the taking of a human being’s life, are not immoral.
 
Still, suspicious and judgmental reporting regarding Gov. Perry’s treatment—and adult stem cell treatments in general—is typical of the mainstream media, seemingly bent upon advancing embryo-destructive stem cell research while downplaying the dramatic successes achieved through adult stem cell research.  The media often seem blind to the simple (but clear) ethical differences.
 
Perhaps the most baffling and disingenuous aspect of the articles, however, is their (mis)characterization of adult stem cell research.  For example, one article states that “the use of adult stem cells has not been proven to be effective.”  Another quotes unnamed “researchers” who say that “they’ve seen nothing more definitive than the so-called ‘placebo effect’” from adult stem cell research.
 
In reality, treatments developed from adult stem cells are being used every day to treat once incurable diseases and serious injuries.  Scientists have been able to help patients suffering from over 70 different diseases and injuries—including brain cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, Crohn’s disease, lupus, heart damage, Parkinson’s disease, Sickle cell anemia, and end-stage bladder disease—using adult stem cells.  It is deeply disappointing that the media continues to treat these life-affirming advances as insignificant, while chasing what may well be a pipe dream that life-destroying embryonic stem cell research will one day yield dramatic results.
Posted: 8/12/2011 8:19:31 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


Are you or a loved one interested in receiving stem cell treatment? For free information, please fill out our treatment form or email me don@repairstemcells.org and just put TREATMENT in the subject box and the MEDICAL CONDITION in the message.
We have explored the question of storing your baby's umbilical cord for the stem cells before in this blog after Newsweek came out with a biased article about it. .

The author of that article took a very negative slant - first insinuating that the Cord Blood Storage companies were taking advantage of parents saying that there is little chance that the cord blood would ever be used.  (In a perfect world, I hope they would never have to be used, but this isn't a perfect world.)

But then, to make it even worse, Newsweek took aim at a stem cell trial at Duke University which treats children with Cerebral Palsy with their own cord blood stem cells.  Parents of the children who have been treated have been thrilled with the results.  However, Newsweek insinuated that there is no proof that the stem cells were responsible for their improvements.  Read these stories and decide for yourself-  John Centrello, Maia Friedlander, Chloe Levine, and Dallas Hextell .  Also, you can read some of the comments of the friends and family helped by stem cells at Duke following the Newsweek article.

This is a continuous trend by the mainstream media in which they try to downplay each Adult Stem Cell success story.

This is very similar to what happened with the spinal cord injury patient who walked for the first time  in 13 years directly after Adult Stem Cell treatment in Costa Rica. The writer of the newspaper insinuated there was no proof it was the stem cells and said it was possible that the patient improved due to the intense physical therapy she did in Costa Rica instead -  Ridiculous.

Let's get positive now-   I have a happy story from Philadelphia (where yours truly was born :)  in which the mother of  Brandon Orr, a young boy with leukemia in remission - saved the cord blood of her following two sons on the chance that the stem cells would come in handy should her son suffer a relapse.

Unfortunately, Brandon did have a relapse.  However, his mother had prepared:
Years of chemotherapy led to remission but, "Brandyn relapsed," said Susan.

He needed a stem cell transplant and didn't have to worry about waiting for a donor match.

When his two younger brothers were born, Brandyn's mother saved blood from their umbilical cords; cord blood is rich with stem cells.

"It was enough to do the transplant, it was the most wonderful news I've ever heard," said Susan.

The Orr's stored their stem cells at a private blood bank, one of a growing number in a 12-million dollar a year industry.

"Some people look at it as biological insurance," said Stephen Grant of Family Cord.

Stem cells from cord blood can treat diseases like leukemia and sickle cell anemia.

Research is underway for diabetes, heart failure, spinal cord injuries, and stroke.
Susan's convinced cord blood saved Brandyn's life.


"He's my right hand man; he's my heart, my life," said Susan

You can read the full article here
Posted: 2/4/2009 10:38:00 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


Are you or a loved one interested in receiving stem cell treatment? For free information, please fill out our treatment form or email me don@repairstemcells.org and just put TREATMENT in the subject box and the MEDICAL CONDITION in the message.
Daniel Bakhchevnikov, a young 7 year old boy in Sauk City, Wisconsin, attended school for the first time in over 1 year recently.  The miracle that Daniel is even alive is due to the wonders of Adult Stem Cell research in the form of a bone marrow transplant to treat his Aplastic Anemia.

Diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia at the age of 5, Daniel had spent the last two years mostly in a hospital.  In aplastic anemia, the body does not  produce enough new blood cells- red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.  The patient is always tired and at high risk of infections and uncontrollable bleeding.

Or another definition for Aplastic Anemia  as Daniel's mother, Tatiana described it -

"It was no life," she said. "It was hell."

The doctors tried antibody treatments first.  They didn't help.  After going in and out of hospitals for more than one year, the doctors decided the only way to help Daniel was through a bone marrow transplant.

After chemotherapy treatments to kill as much of his old bone marrow as possible, Daniel received a bone marrow transplant from an anonymous European donor on Aug. 8, 2008.


The day his blood cell counts got high enough he could go home, Tatiana did a handstand in the hospital hallway.



I wish Daniel and his family the best in the future.  Daniel is yet another in the long list of bone marrow (stem cell) transplant recipients to become healthy again.  It makes one want to register to become a bone marrow donor and try to help out.

You can read the whole article here
Posted: 1/29/2009 7:10:11 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


Are you or a loved one interested in receiving stem cell treatment? For free information, please fill out our treatment form or email me don@repairstemcells.org and just put TREATMENT in the subject box and the MEDICAL CONDITION in the message.
Just last week, I brought you the story of a young boy, Karol LaBarrie, who was cured of his Sickle Cell Anemia by using Adult Stem Cells taken from the cord blood of his younger brother. And this week, I am happy to bring you a similar story.

Michael Emms, a young man from Wales, had been living a perfectly normal life. Suddenly, without warning at the age of 21, Michael was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Michael was believed to be one of the youngest ever to be stricken with this disease.

Some of you may also know that it is the same disease that the famous physics genius, Stephen Hawking is afflicted with.

Luckily, Michael's parents were going to have another child, and decided to save the umbilical cord blood stem cells and use them on Michael.

Fortunately, all went according to plan.  Rhys Emms was born, the cord blood stem cells were saved and frozen.  Then, Michael and the stem cells were flown to China where there were experienced stem cell doctors who were willing to implant the matching stem cells into Michael.

The doctors said without the stem cell treatment, Michael would have likely died in March of 2008.  But look now, it is November 2008 and things have changed thanks to the adult stem cells:

And even though it took half a year to notice any change in his condition, amazingly Michael's muscles started to grow back.

“It paid off because the treatment in China went very well, Julian said. “He is nothing like what he was before. There has been no deterioration over the last year.

“Over there we didn't see a marked change. But during the following three to six months there was muscle growth. His shoulder had more definition and the muscle was coming back. He still has to be aided to walk, but he's not wheelchair-bound anymore.

Click here to see this wonderful stem cell story still in progress.
Posted: 11/17/2008 5:05:10 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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