New Updates in Umbilical Cord Therapy for the Treatment of HIE

The standard treatment for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) in infants is therapeutic hypothermia (TH). TH can have great benefits for babies affected by HIE, but there are certain criteria that must be met first (1): TH must be administered within six hours of birth TH is not appropriate for preterm babies TH is most successful in large hospitals that are fully prepared for emergencies Because of these limitations, researchers are always looking for new therapies that could be administered. The benefits of stem cell treatments in this arena have long been considered by researchers. Stem cell use timeline In stem cell therapy, stem cells (which can can divide into many different kinds of cells) are injected into the injured tissues. This ideally will preserve existing tissue and replace damaged tissue. The benefits of stem cells in general have been apparent for quite some time, but the benefits of one particular type of stem cell, human umbilical cord blood cells, in…

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