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Treating strokes with blood cord cells holds promise, Saint Louis University rat study shows

ST. LOUIS -- Blood cells from human umbilical cords could help restore the function of nerve cells after a stroke, new research from Saint Louis University indicates.

Yi Pan, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at Saint Louis University and principle investigator of a stroke in rats study, presented findings at the American Academy of Neurology meeting on April 1. Dr. Pan and her team injected cultured cells from human umbilical cord blood into the internal carotid artery of rats immediately after a stroke. The treatment improved sensorimotor function.

"While we have a lot of work to do to go from a rat stroke model to treating patients, we are encouraged that human umbilical cell therapy may provide a potential source for restoration of neuronal function after a stroke," Dr. Pan said.


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Contact: Nancy Solomon
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314-977-8017
Saint Louis University
9-Apr-2003


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