Stem cells used to treat diseases

Results have shown that children with autism can improve their quality of life through the infusion of blood from their umbilical cord

Cryo-Cell advances in the use of stem cells to treat diseases in Mexico
The company is carrying out researches to find more uses for stem cells – Photo: /Paul Sancya/AP
English 06/09/2018 15:51 Notimex Guadalajara Actualizada 16:04
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Research on the use of stem cells to treat various conditions presents important developments in Mexico, said Luz Mabel Ávila Portillo, scientific director of Cryo-Cell.

She revealed that Cryo-Cell Mexico is currently working on research protocols to help people suffering from urinary incontinence, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and osteoarthritis, through the use of these cells.

"The idea is to support our clients through help from our experts and research groups, in order to gain knowledge, and to work on their quality of life," Ávila Portillo said.

She explained that the hematopoietic stem cells from the umbilical cord are not only used for hematological purposes, for example, in the case of childhood cancer treatments.


"Results show that in children with autism, the infusion of blood from their own umbilical cord improves some aspects of their life," she said.

In Mexico, at the end of 2015, the National Center for Blood Transfusion (CNTS) reported 348 hematopoietic cell transplants, a number that has increased worldwide each year, 89.96% was performed in pediatric patients.

Advances in the science of the use of stem cells are also encouraging its use on treatments against Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and diabetes, as well as cell regeneration therapy and tissue formation.

Ávila Portillo said that they have developed protocols for the use of stem cells in cardiac diseases such as refractory angina, chronic occlusive vascular diseases with ischemia of the lower limbs, autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma refractory to conventional treatments, among others.

In Mexico. Cryocell has provided stem cells for 22 transplants in Nuevo León, Puebla, Querétaro, Aguascalientes, Mexico City, and Jalisco, among other states.


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