New hope for fatal skin condition

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EB - Epidermolysis Bullosa is a rare genetic condition casing a person skin to be very delicate. where even a simple seem can cause blistering to occur. Those affected must have their entire body continuously wrapped in bandages. But researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered a cure.

Physicians at the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Childrens Hospital, Fairview have set the path to a cure for a young boys fatal genetic skin disease, recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), by using a cord blood and bone marrow transplant. Nate Liao, a 25-month-old from Clarksburg, New Jersey, underwent the experimental therapy in October 2007.

New stem cell therapy pioneered

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University of Minnesota Physician-researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School have published promising results showing the healing power of stem cells to repair skin – demonstrating that a lethal skin disease can be successfully treated with stem cell therapy.

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