Navel cord helps against stroke

At the AAAS in San Francisco, new research has been introduced: stem cells from umbilical cord blood help to heal brain damage

When closing or gripping an artery, it comes to a brain bleeding, a stroke. Thereafter, many patients suffer from brain damage that drove to paralyzes and other strong motor restrictions or even aphasia (linguistic loss). Lengthy therapies or even surgical procedures are necessary to help the affected.

From the umbilical cord now new hope is reported as Professor Paul Sanberg reported by the University of South Florida at the Annual Assembly of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. So far, encouraging results from experiments with rats before and a treatment of people is already conceivable in a few years. In addition to the Ethical-religious ground controversial stem cells from embryos, the possibility to extract them from the blood of the umbilical cord. Therefore, should be started successively not to treat inhabilitation in all clinics inhabilitation as post-national waste, but to keep the blood of the supply strand between mother and child in blood banks.

Everyone then had his own stem cell reservoir in the freezer, which can be grasped to which in the event of a serious illness can be attacked. A kind of biological life insurance without ethical concerns. The cells are preserved accordingly and stored at temperatures up to -196 ° C. This extreme deep boiler prevents biological or chemical aging processes so that stem cells are still flawless even at the age of 80 years.

Since stem cells are constantly sharing, they produce stately new red blood corpers, blood platforms or women blood corpers, D.H. They freshen the blood and the immune system. So far, stem cells are mainly recovered from bone marrow donations, but the data of the patients must be largely matched because otherwise the body destroys the strange tie. The descending and defense reactions force a strong steam of the immune system with medications and are risky for heavy ill. Even with foreign donations, umbilical cord stem cells are very more contractual, as their individual characteristics are not so strongly pronounced.

Prof. Sanberg treated the stem cells with chemical substances to transform them into neuronal cells, which he then splashed rats that had suffered a stroke. These cells proven evidence and clearly the regulation of the embarrassed brain tie. On the AAAS conference Sanberg said:

The animals moved decisively better. With motor and neurological tests, we could prove that within 7-14 days the treated rats recovered with a 50% improvement against the untreated experimental group.

In addition, the new cells replaced the stroke and helped with the self-healing process of the brain.

The therapy possibilities with stem cells from the umbilical cord are varied and equal to those of embryonic stem cells, their own cells do not cause defensive reactions in contrast to foreign transfusions.

Anhaby cord transfusions have previously received mainly blood cancer patients, rare persons with congenital disturbances or bone marrow failure.In the future, physicians continue to be able to successfully develop leukemia and hereditary diseases with these stem cells. So far, the approximately 2000 therapies worldwide reach 85%, often with very poor individual starting position. In Switzerland, a pilot project in the context of the National Research Program for Transplant Medicine, 15 million francs are used for it. The umbilical cord blood bar stands in Basel and should soon contain 3000 ampoules.

In Germany, some clinics are already involved in the construction of umbilical blood banks (list and information) violent controversies solved the first private blood bank VITA34 in Leipzig, which exist for 3 years. Thousands of parents already have to freeze the stem cells of their newborns there for a fee. Critics throw the company, shamelessly exploit the insolent of parents, their children were difficult to illuminate. The method is still too new to make clear promises and the company offers only own donations. At Leukamie, own donations are often meaningless, as they already carry the disease.

VITA34 works with 100 birth clinics from all over Germany. About 3000 DM costs an individual storage of the umbilical cord blood for 20 years. Despite criticism, there are now similar properties in Danemark and the Netherlands. German health insurance companies have started in individual cases to replace the bloodbank bonds. Hopes for a future without deadly diseases are worth a lot of money.

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