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Stem Cell Research for Stroke Victims

Stroke is also the third leading cause of death and disability for adults in the United States. My maternal grandmother had a debilitating stroke nine years before she died that left her paralyzed on the right side of her body. My mother died as a result of years of TIAA’s (mini-strokes). Suffice it to say I know too well the trauma stroke victims endure.

An April 2010 ‘Stem Cells and Development’ article shows a new possible source for therapy for stroke and other nervous system disorder patients. Surprisingly, it seems the menstrual blood may provide the needed stem cells.

The study suggests that transplanting these stem cells into or around the brain can actually improve the behaviors that result from stroke as well as the tissue damage caused by strokes. Over time, in my mother’s case, this behavior came to look much like Alzheimer’s. The idea that such therapies could save others the pain my family went through slowly losing my mother is amazing and encouraging.

In addition, C’elle in ‘Medical News Today’, reported that this service that assists in collection and cytopreservation of menstrual flow similar to the way cord blood and umbilical cord blood is currently preserved.

If you’re interested in the service, Célle is being offered at a $100 discount on the $499 retail price with a special limited time offer for collection, processing, testing and 1st year storage at $399. Just use code CLSTR when ordering to get the discount.

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  • www.hccmis.com April 15, 2010, 7:16 pm

    I applaud you for taking on a serious and controversial topic. Heard they recently found a way to do the research without the use of fetuses.

  • Alison Moore Smith April 15, 2010, 11:08 pm

    Thank you for the kind words. I’m hoping that such research isn’t controversial at all! A great way to improve life without pushing ethical boundaries. I applaud those who do the research!

  • CBS June 3, 2010, 1:00 am

    Heart disease is a general umbrella term for many kinds of heart conditions. Examples of heart diseases include: coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, hypertensive heart disease, cardiomyopathy and inflammatory heart disease.I think cord blood stem cells are more useful in this case so thanks for the nice information on stem cells.

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