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A New Study in Georgia Is Looking into whether Stem Cells from Cord Blood Can Help Children with Cerebral Palsy


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AN ESTIMATED TWO-MILLION AMERICANS HAVE CEREBRAL-PALSY--WHICH IS CAUSED BY A BRAIN-INJURY BEFORE BIRTH, OR DURING THE FIRST FEW YEARS OF LIFE.  THE CONDITION CAN IMPAIR MOVEMENT, HEARING, VISION, AND COGNITIVE-SKILLS.  THERE'S CURRENTLY NO CURE--AND NO STANDARD-THERAPY THAT WORKS FOR ALL PATIENTS.  BUT, NEW, CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH IS EXPLORING THE POTENTIAL OF STEM-CELL-BASED THERAPIES, TO TREAT THESE KINDS OF NEUROLOGICAL-IMPAIRMENTS.  PEDIATRIC-NEUROLOGIST JAMES CARROLL IS THE LEAD-INVESTIGATOR OF A NEW CLINICAL-TRIAL, AT GEORGIA HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY--FORMERLY THE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA--TO DETERMINE WHETHER AN INFUSION OF STEM-CELLS FROM A CHILD'S OWN UMBILICAL-CORD-BLOOD CAN IMPROVE QUALITY-OF-LIFE FOR CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL-PALSY...

(CARROLL):
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THE HOPE FOR STEM-CELLS--REALLY, FROM THE BEGINNING--IS THAT THEY MIGHT SERVE AS SOME TYPE OF REPLACEMENT FOR CELLS IN THE NERVOUS-SYSTEM THAT HAVE BEEN DESTROYED, OR NEVER DEVELOPED PROPERLY."

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DOCTOR CARROLL ADDS THAT THE OUTCOMES OF BOTH PRECLINICAL-RESEARCH AND ANECDOTAL-EVIDENCE IN PATIENTS HAVE MADE UMBILICAL-CORD-BLOOD AN INTRIGUING SOURCE OF STEM-CELLS FOR RESEARCHERS TO PURSUE--AS HAS THE SAFETY-PROFILE OF USING CHILDREN'S OWN CORD-BLOOD...

(CARROLL):
"WE FOUND, IN OUR ANIMAL-EXPERIMENTS, THAT ADULT-STEM-CELLS CAN GREATLY ASSIST IN RECOVERY FROM BRAIN-INJURY.  SO, WE WANTED TO TRY TO APPLY THIS IN CHILDREN.  AND, CORD-BLOOD--THAT IS, THE CORD-BLOOD OF THE CHILD BEING TREATED--PROVIDES A SAFE PLACE, AND A SAFE WAY, TO DO THAT.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "CORD-BLOOD"-DOT-COM.



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