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Clinical trials, conducted at Duke University in North Carolina, are in the early phases of observing whether the transfusion of their own cord blood could potentially improve the behaviour of children affected by autism.

A Canadian family from Toronto, have travelled to North Carolina to participate in the trial. When their son Noah Barcolos was two years old, he was diagnosed with autism. After the transfusion, the Barcolos noticed some changes.

“He gets upset. We got more eye contract, interaction, facial expressions,” said Noah’s dad, Michael. “Now he makes the expressions at the right moments,”

While promising, there’s much more to learn about the mechanism of action. It is wonderful to hear about the observed improvements and progress, but we must wait to see how much was directly related to the cord blood infusions. Cells for Life will assist, to the best of our abilities, our clients who wish to participate in this or any other studies.

6 Responses to “More exciting news for stem cells!”

  1. Samara Berlach

    Do you guys know of any other trials being held? I would very much like to participate

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    • Cells for Life

      Hello Samara, thank you for your question. While there are many studies and trials related to cord blood stem cells being held all over the world, not every one is available to anyone. You can visit the following site to see what other studies are being done using cord blood: http://www.clinicaltrials.org – That being said, please feel free to call us at (877)235-1997 and we can discuss your specific case and any opportunities that may arise in the future. Also, be sure to follow us on social media and website for further updates!

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    • Cells for Life

      Hello Lila, thanks for your question. To date the autism studies have been treating children between 2-6 with their own cord blood stem cells. There aren’t any details as yet about whether speech shows improvement. The researchers estimate results will be ready in 2 years. Check out the following site to see what other studies are being done using cord blood: http://www.clinicaltrials.org. We do send newsletters to our clients with additional updates, and please watch the Cells for Life social media and website for updates!

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  2. Lisa Dolson

    This is wonderful news,
    My 7 yr old son has Autism and has been in treatment since age 3, we did save his stem cells through Markham/ Stoufville hospital so we are excited about the possibilities the future will bring with this research.

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    • Cells for Life

      Hello Lisa and thank you for commenting. Duke University is conducting a phase 2 study looking at cord blood’s effectiveness in treating the symptoms of autism. To date, 165 children between the ages of 2 and 6 are enrolled; they are no longer accepting participants. While results to date seem positive, it is important to remember that this is still in the early research stages. Thank you for banking your cord blood with Cells for Life through Markham Stouffville Hospital; we will certainly share any news as it becomes available, please be sure to watch our website and social media for updates!

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