Spinal Cord/Nervous System
- May 25, 2013 - A toddler in a persistent coma from pediatric cerebral palsy became responsive after treatment using stem cells found in umbilical cord blood. The boy suffered cardiac arrest at age two in 2008. Forty months after treatment, he can now talk, feed himself and walk with help.
- Mar. 14, 2013 - A study from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey found that physical therapy combined with adult bone marrow stem cells treatments can heal damage from spinal cord injuries. Significant improvement was found in 23 of 50 patients who received the treatments.
- Mar. 21, 2011 - Greek doctors have used chemotherapy and a transplant of patients' own adult stem cells to stop the progression of aggressive multiple sclerosis in some patients.
- Mar. 10, 2011 - A University of Texas trial using children's own bone marrow cells to treat traumatic brain injuries showed the procedure is safe. The trial was only testing safety but all 10 patients showed significant improvement.
Dec. 14, 2009 - ABC News in Australia reported a man named Ben Leahy is now able to walk again after his multiple sclerosis was treated with his own bone marrow stem cells. The treatment involves destroying a patient's immune system and then replenishing it with bone marrow stem cells.
Nov. 9, 2009 - FOX News reported that a Colorado girl who suffered from cerebral palsy was successfully treated with adult stem cells from her own umbilical cord blood. The girl was two years old at the time of her treatment in 2008. The lead doctor of the study will conduct a clinical trial of the procedure in the near future, according to the story.
Mar. 28, 2009 - Science Daily reported that California researchers have published a report showing that bone marrow adult stem cells could be used to treat spinal cord injuries. Eight patients in the study showed some improvement after the bone marrow cells were injected into them by multiple routes.
Mar 13, 2008 - The Vancouver Sun reported on a young woman with multiple sclerosis who was treated in Canada with her own blood stem cells. She is one of 17 patients in Canada who have undergone this experimental treatment.
Apr. 10, 2006 - The Baptist Press contained a story on a young woman who received a transfer of olfactory stem cells from her nose to help with her paralysis. Jacki Rabon was paralyzed after being thrown from a car in August of 2003. In October of 2005, she traveled to Portugal to receive the surgery and then later went to Detroit for rehabilitation. She is now walking with the help of braces and a parallel bar.
May 19, 2005 - Science Daily reported the results of a study which found transplants of stem cells from umbilical cord blood could treat infants with a deadly degenerative disorder called Krabbe’s disease.