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A New Clinical Trial Aims to Evaluate the Safety of a Child's Own Cord-Blood Stem Cells to Treat Hearing Loss


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(OPEN):
CHILDREN'S MEMORIAL HERMANN HOSPITAL
AND CORD BLOOD REGISTRY HAVE JUST LAUNCHED THE FIRST-OF-ITS KIND, F-D-A-REGULATED CLINICAL-TRIAL TO EVALUATE THE SAFETY OF A CHILD'S OWN CORD-BLOOD STEM-CELLS TO TREAT HEARING-LOSS.  THIS "PHASE ONE" SAFETY-TRIAL FOLLOWS EVIDENCE FROM PUBLISHED RESEARCH IN ANIMALS THAT CORD-BLOOD STEM-CELLS CAN HELP TO REPAIR DAMAGED CELLS IN THE INNER-EAR--AND PROVIDE THE POTENTIAL TO RESTORE HEARING.  DOCTOR JAMES BAUMGARTNER--A PEDIATRIC-NEUROSURGEON AND GUEST RESEARCH-COLLABORATOR OF THE TRIAL--STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF HEARING FOR YOUNG CHILDREN...

(BAUMGARTNER):
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MOST PEOPLE LEARN TO HEAR AND SPEAK BY THE TIME THEY'RE 18-MONTHS TO TWO-YEARS OF AGE.  SO, WE HAVE TO TREAT THESE CHILDREN IN THIS VERY YOUNG AGE-RANGE, BECAUSE THAT'S THE AGE-RANGE WHEN MOST PEOPLE LEARN HOW TO SPEAK--AND THAT'S THE AGE-RANGE WHERE [SIC] YOUR BRAIN IS PREPROGRAMMED TO DEVELOP THOSE SKILLS."

(BRIDGE):
WITH MORE INFANTS SURVIVING PREMATURE-BIRTH, PHYSICIANS AND RESEARCHERS ARE SEEING A RISING NUMBER OF VERY YOUNG CHILDREN WITH SIGNIFICANT HEARING-LOSS.  MOST OF THE TIME, SENSORINEURAL HEARING-LOSS CANNOT BE MEDICALLY OR SURGICALLY CORRECTED.  CURRENT INTERVENTIONS--LIKE HEARING-AIDS OR COCHLEAR-IMPLANTS--ARE DESIGNED TO ENHANCE THE DIMINISHED FUNCTION OF THE INJURED TISSUE...

(BAUMGARTNER):
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WHAT MAKES THIS TRIAL UNIQUE AND EXCITING, TO ME, IS THAT IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO REPAIR A DAMAGED 'ORGAN OF CORTI'--AND TO REVERSE HEARING-LOSS.  THERE'S AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF WORK TO BE DONE--AND A LOT OF EVALUATION, AND RE-EVALUATION, OF THESE CHILDREN--BEFORE WE CAN BEGIN TO MAKE THAT CLAIM.  BUT, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HOPING TO ACHIEVE."

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "CORD-BLOOD"-DOT-COM.



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