Hyping up the benefits of private cord blood banking

A first-of-its-kind study carried out in India, published on May 26 in the journal PLOS ONE, has revealed that the general understanding of umbilical cord blood banking is “poor”. Only 26.5 per cent of the 254 women studied knew what it meant. Besides poor awareness, one-third of the women studied had “unrealistic expectations” from cord … Continue reading Hyping up the benefits of private cord blood banking

Amputation: Smokers learnt the hard way

G. Ranganathan, a 50-year-old man from Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu, is one of the 44 patients whose leg has been saved by stem cell treatment. He had already lost his right leg due to TAO. He has been smoking for the last 25-odd years. “My right leg was amputated in 2005 and doctors had advised … Continue reading Amputation: Smokers learnt the hard way

Bone marrow stem cell treatment saves legs

Published in The Hindu on August 6, 2009 The results of a clinical trial to save volunteers’ leg from amputation by injecting stem cell concentrate to the limb affected by thrombo angitis obliterance (TAO) have been encouraging. The stem cells were taken from the patients’ bone marrow. The clinical trial is being conducted on patients … Continue reading Bone marrow stem cell treatment saves legs

Different diseases pose different challenges

Published in The Hindu on June 25, 2009 Though he had studied only till eighth standard and works as a carpenter in a private company in Coimbatore, he can rattle out the details of the disease, names of drugs and the various processes involved prior to and after transplantation. Even a veteran doctor would be … Continue reading Different diseases pose different challenges

Thalassemia cured using cord blood stem cells

Published in The Hindu on June 25, 2009 Eight-year-old Thamirabharuni and her one-year-old brother Pugazhendhi share a special kind of bond not commonly seen among siblings. Thanks to her brother, Thamirabharuni no longer suffers from thalassemia disease. The stem cells transplanted in March helped her get rid of thalassemia. And hundred days after the procedure, … Continue reading Thalassemia cured using cord blood stem cells

Harvesting stem cells from umbilical cord

After umbilical cord blood, the Chennai based LifeCell International is planning to save the umbilical cord tissue that is routinely discarded along with the placenta once a baby is delivered. The cord tissue and cord blood are rich sources of stem cells. LifeCell, which is into private banking, will start collecting umbilical cord tissue in … Continue reading Harvesting stem cells from umbilical cord

Saving legs through stem cell transplantation

Published in The Hindu on February 7, 2008 Smoking does not affect the lungs alone. The nicotine present in the blood has a destructive effect on blood vessel muscles. It causes the muscles to constrict and damages the vessel’s inner lining. The end result is that the main arteries that supply blood get blocked. While … Continue reading Saving legs through stem cell transplantation

Public stem cell bank: dump not, donate cord blood

The Jeevan Blood Bank, based in Chennai, plans to launch Jeevan Stem Cell Bank before the end of March. The accent is on public banking with 70 per cent of its initial capacity of 2,500 units earmarked for the said purpose. The main source of stem cells will be umbilical cord blood that is otherwise … Continue reading Public stem cell bank: dump not, donate cord blood

Editorial: Cord blood in public banks

Published in The Hindu on February 16, 2007 Nearly eight years after it issued a set of guidelines for banking cord blood, the American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with a new set of recommendations to help guide physicians in providing parents with correct information on the issue of cord blood banking and the … Continue reading Editorial: Cord blood in public banks

Private cord blood banking discouraged

If the recommendations in 1999 by the American Academy of Pediatrics were strongly in favour of public cord blood banking, the new set of guidelines that the Academy published recently in the journal Pediatrics is no different. In India, cord blood banking has been more of private than public banking. Private cord blood banking is … Continue reading Private cord blood banking discouraged