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A New Study in Texas Is Looking into the Use of a Child's Own Cord Blood to Treat Damaged Brain Tissue


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(OPEN):
U-T HEALTH
AND CHILDREN'S MEMORIAL HERMANN HOSPITAL HAVE JUST LAUNCHED GROUND-BREAKING RESEARCH STUDYING THE USE OF A CHILD'S OWN CORD-BLOOD, TO TREAT DAMAGED BRAIN-TISSUE.  DOCTOR CHARLES COX, OF U-T HEALTH'S MEDICAL SCHOOL IN HOUSTON, IS LEADING THE RESEARCH--WHICH FOLLOWS POSITIVE SAFETY-RESULTS OF ANOTHER STUDY THAT HE LED, USING ADULT STEM-CELLS IN CHILDREN WITH ACUTE TRAUMATIC-BRAIN-INJURY.  ACCORDING TO DOCTOR COX, THE STUDIES ARE SHOWING PROMISING POTENTIAL...

(COX):
"IN OUR PRECLINICAL WORK, WE'VE DEMONSTRATED THAT CELL-BASED THERAPIES CAN DECREASE SOME OF THE EFFECTS OF INJURY--MEANING SOME OF THE SWELLING THAT OCCURS IN THE BRAIN, AFTER INJURY--AND REDUCTION IN SOME OF THE INFLAMMATORY RESPONSES THAT DRIVE THE ONGOING INJURY-PROCESS LATER--AFTER THE INITIAL EVENT IS OVER.
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(BRIDGE):
THE OUTCOMES OF BOTH PRECLINICAL RESEARCH, AND ANECDOTAL RESULTS OF TREATMENTS FOR PATIENTS WITH BRAIN-INJURIES, HAVE MADE UMBILICAL-CORD BLOOD AN INTRIGUING SOURCE OF STEM-CELLS FOR RESEARCHERS TO PURSUE--ACCORDING TO DOCTOR COX...

(COX):
"THE REASON WE HAVE BECOME INTERESTED IN CORD-BLOOD CELLS IS BECAUSE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF 'AUTOLOGOUS' THERAPY--MEANING USING YOUR OWN CELLS.  AND, THE PRECLINICAL MODELS HAVE DEMONSTRATED SOME REALLY FASCINATING NEUROLOGICAL-PRESERVATION EFFECTS, TO REALLY SUPPORT THESE PHASE-ONE TRIALS.  THERE'S ANECDOTAL EXPERIENCE, IN OTHER TYPES OF NEUROLOGICAL INJURIES, THAT REASSURES US, IN TERMS OF THE SAFETY OF THE APPROACH--AND THERE ARE SOME ANECDOTAL HINTS AT IT BEING BENEFICIAL IN CERTAIN TYPES OF BRAIN-INJURY.
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(CLOSE):
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT W-W-W-DOT-"CORD-BLOOD"-DOT-COM.



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