Releasing our 1st sample for autism & supporting World Autism Awareness Day

 In Stem Cell News

Autism is a very well known condition, especially among parents, but there are constantly myths perpetuated around what it is and the effect it has on children. Did you know that there are around 700,000 people affected by autism in the UK? And that it isn’t in fact a single condition but a group of developmental brain disorders?

Many people know that autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that it affects every person differently, but not many realise that you cannot always tell if someone is autistic – it can range from mild, where symptoms can be easily hidden, to severe, where affected people may be entirely non-vocal. In addition, autism isn’t a condition that just affects children –

Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism.

Here at Smart Cells, we understand that parents can struggle to know how best to treat their children’s behaviour, and with autism, that is especially true. In conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day on the 2nd April, we’ve designed a simple but handy guide for parents to autism, including some stats and facts on the condition, where parents can find help and what treatments are currently available.

Smart Cells are incredibly proud to announce in March 2018, we have released our first sample to treat autism bringing our total number of transplants to twenty. The sample has been successfully received by a 5-year-old boy with autism at Duke University, North Carolina, USA.

This is a major breakthrough in stem cell science and the treatment of autism. Recent studies have shown that not only are the infusions safe and feasible, which is a hugely important first step in cord blood transplants, but that recipients of the transfusion have also shown improvements in the condition of autism, with reductions in symptoms such as repetitive behaviour and improvements in their general behaviour. The parents and researchers at Duke’s noted behavioural improvements in 70% of the 25 children in the study.

The release of this sample for autism closely follows another sample recently released at Smart Cells – this was also sent to Duke University where it has been used for the treatment of a 3-year-old girl with cerebral palsy.

There are currently ongoing studies into using stem cells in the treatment of autism, and we expect to see even more promising and positive results in future.

The Parent’s Guide to Autistic Spectrum Disorder is available to download and view below – click on the image to access it:

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