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New Hope for Treating Cerebral Palsy

Every parent-to-be’s greatest concern is that both mother and child turn out healthy. Tragically, this is not always the case, as children can be born with a litany of health problems. While advances have been made, treating birth defects remains a pressing concern. Of these diseases, Cerebral Palsy is one of the most common, affecting nearly one in 300 children born in America. It is the most common motor-related birth defect. Yet the list of treatment options for CP remains stubbornly short, and no cure is available. Most treatment plans call for a combination of physical therapy—which can take the form of building strength in the affected muscles, speech therapy, or occupational therapy—surgery, and developmentally-appropriate education. But a new study published in Stem...

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Researchers find lung stem cell, heal lung injury in mice

Stanford scientists have found a cell that creates the two different compartments in the mouse lung. They hope their discovery could lead to better therapies for people with lung disease. A researcher at the School of Medicine and his colleagues have succeeded in isolating mouse lung stem cells, growing them in large volumes and incorporating them into injured lung tissue in mice. The work raises hopes for regenerative therapies that could heal currently intractable lung diseases. A study describing the research was published online Nov. 6 in Nature Methods. Kyle Loh, PhD, an investigator at the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, and Bing Lim, MD, PhD, an investigator at the Genome Institute of Singapore, share senior authorship. The...

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Woman gives birth to daughter who spent 24 years as frozen embryo: 'She's perfect'

    Benjamin and Tina Gibson were blessed on Nov. 25 with their "sweet miracle:" Baby Emma Wren, weighing in at 6 lbs., 8 oz., and 20 inches long, the National Embryo Donation Center announced Tuesday. But what makes Emma a "miracle" child? Having been cryopreserved for twenty-four and a half years, she's the longest known frozen human embryo to result in a successful birth. The Gibsons, who live in East Tennessee, were't immediately sold on the concept of embryo options, they told ABC News. About a year and a half ago, the couple was at Tina’s father’s home, dropping off their dog before heading off on vacation, when her father told them he had watched a TV news report...

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10 Reasons to Store Baby Teeth

Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, deciduous teeth or baby teeth, which appear from the age of about 6 months and fall out when children are between 6-12 years old, contain stem cells in a tissue contained within the pulp chamber known as dental pulp. These stem cells located within the pulp tissue can be isolated and stored as a source for regenerative medicine therapies. In fact, these stem cells are considered like building blocks in our body, as they possess the capacity to grow into every type of solid tissue such as connective, dental, bone and neural tissues. Thus, stem cells collected from primary teeth that fall out offer an amazing potential and some scientists around the world...

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