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Stem Cell Trial Shows Promise For Some With Cerebral Palsy

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For the first time, a federally-approved clinical trial is underway to determine whether stem cells from a child’s cord blood can improve symptoms of cerebral palsy.

The trial, which is expected to include 40 children, is looking at kids with cerebral palsy whose umbilical cord blood was banked at birth. Stem cells are thawed and then injected intravenously back into the body during a series of treatments.

So far, 13 kids have been accepted to the Food and Drug Administration-approved research effort. Though early in the study, some participants are reporting progress.

Since completing treatments a year ago as part of the trial, 3-year-old Allison Thurman of St. Clair Shores, Mich. has better speech and more use of her legs, her mom said. The improvements were notable even just two weeks after the treatments, reports The Detroit News. To read more click here.

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  1. theSeed says:

    Hold on. I checked the link “The trial” and it goes to an article dated February 2010. Are you saying that THIS trial above is the same one from that other link? Has it taken 3 YEARS for this trial to begin??
    Where can we read the trial information?? Links to the FDA trial (not links to past stories you have posted) are missing here. I want to know about the trial, when it actually begins, are they accepting applications, what are the early progress reports….???

  2. Nick Jacks says:

    This is my first visit to disability scoop. Seems like a good thing. I am the father of 12-year old boy with CP and get most of my “advancement” news for the Cerebral Palsy Family Network. You guys should list your website there or share stories. The more information gets out, the better. Thanks. Nick.

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