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Stem Cells Benefit Those With Disabilities

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Stem Cells for DisabilitiesAn FDA federally-approved clinical trial will determine whether stem cells can improve symptoms of cerebral palsy. The research trial, which is expected to include 40 children, is looking at children that have cerebral palsy and whose umbilical cord blood was banked at birth. The stem cells are thawed and then injected intravenously back into the body during a series of treatments.

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So far, 13 of the group have been accepted to the Food and Drug Administration approved research effort. Though early in the study, some participants are reporting progress. Since completing stem cell treatments for one year, a 3-year-old from St. Clair Shores, Michigan has better speech and more use of her legs, according to her mother. The improvements were notable even just two weeks after the treatments started.

This is great news for those with cerebral palsy and hopefully many more successes through the use of stem cells will be visible soon.

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