How Does a Cord Blood Transplant Work?

How Does a Cord Blood Transplant Work?

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 11/24/2017 11:39:48 AM

A stem cell transplant, or immune system reconstitution, is used to replace maligned cells or invigorate the system’s production of new healthy cells. This may be needed when someone undergoes radiotherapy or chemotherapy to treat a cancer of their blood or immune system or when the person has blood or immune system deficiency. In addition to renewing healthy cells into the body, in some cases, the transplanted cells can attack the cancer or malignancy itself.


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What is the Group B Strep Test?

What is the Group B Strep Test?

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 11/10/2017 1:03:30 PM

Group B streptococcus (group B strep, or GBS) is a type of bacterium that a pregnant woman may be carrying and that could ultimately be transferred to the baby during delivery. Up to 40 percent of pregnant women carry Strep B bacteria, which can come and go without symptoms from a person’s body. Newborns are at an increased risk for group B strep disease when the mother is found to have GBS colonization.


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A Cliff's Guide to the Phases of Clinical Trials

A Cliff's Guide to the Phases of Clinical Trials

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 11/3/2017 2:38:24 PM

There are a number of clinical trials and scientific studies underway testing the effectiveness of cord blood and cord tissue in the treatment of various conditions. The various kinds and phases of these studies can be a bit confusing but, basically, show progress toward full FDA approval. Here's your Cliff’s notes on clinical trials:


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Duke: Umbilical Cord Blood Improves Motor Skills in Cerebral Palsy

Duke: Umbilical Cord Blood Improves Motor Skills in Cerebral Palsy

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 10/31/2017 9:24:21 AM

Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg and a team of researchers at Duke University Medical Center found through a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover phase II clinical trial that "an intravenous infusion of autologous umbilical cord blood improves whole brain connectivity and motor function in young children with cerebral palsy."


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