Apr
1

One Step At A Time- Using Stem Cells To Treat HIV?

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In the 1980′s a new frightening disease began to have devastating effects on it’s victims.  It was known to be a disease so terrifying that patients were no longer accepted as a part of the community……..

…….No cure was ever found and In 2007 an estimated 2 million people died from HIV and 2.7 contracted the debilitating virus. Recent reserach has provided these patients with a new glimpse of hope to treat the disease. After several years of research scientist have made a MAJOR breakthrough.  What they found after treating an HIV positive luekemia patient with a stem cell transplant is truly miraculous! Following the transplant tests confirmed that this patient had NO traces of  luekemia; but even more exciting, HIV was NO longer present.  The success of this transplant was attributed to the fact that, doctors used a donor that carried a specific gene known to battle HIV.

As was published in medical journals these results are not common and are currently reccomended to treat a  very select group of indiviuals with HIV.  Research has also shown that at this time this procedure has proven to be extremley risky. This exciting relutionary procedure is only the beginning of using stem cells to treat this fatal disease.  There is NO doubt that it is a wonderful discovery on the path to changing the world, one step at a time!

Save The Cord, Save A Life!

Natalie Curry

Nov
24

Using Cord Blood to Treat Cerebral Palsy

Toddlergirl2Today I received a reader request. A parent wrote to me requesting information about Cerebral Palsy and the breakthroughs involving cord blood. After reading the extremely touching story about her son and his struggles with CP, I felt compelled to address the issue. 

According to the center for disease control and prevention, approx 10,000 babies per year in the US will develop cerebral palsy (CP). Cerebral Palsy is a very debilitating disease that affects the brains ability to control the body.  CP has many symptoms; weak muscles, inability to walk, uncontrollable movement and jerking among many others.

Victims of CP are often confined to a wheel chair, or form of walking assistance. Until recently there was NO cure for CP, only treatments to improve the condition. 

HUGE BREAKTHROUGH:

In 2008 scientist at Duke University made an astonishing discovery. They began using the stem cells found inside a babies umbilical cord blood to treat CP. In an experimental procedure they infused CP patients with stem cells in hopes of repairing the brain damage.  Patients had incredible results and started showing signs of improvement just days after the procedure. To learn about how cord blood helped CP patient, three year old Chole Levine visit: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,573265,00.html

Everyday scientist are learning more and more about the life saving value of stem cells. The number of medical conditions treatable/curable with stem cells is increasing rapidly! The future of medicine is HERE: CORD BLOOD, is and will continue to save lives.

Cord blood banking is an investment worth making! You never know what could happen, but saving the cord can give you a priceless gift,  peace of mind!

Together We Can Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

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