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  Cost of Cord Blood Therapy for Cerebral Palsy
Joanne Kurtzberg, MD
Dr. Kurtzberg's group at Duke University Medical Center is giving young children their own cord blood stem cells to treat Cerebral Palsy and similar acquired brain injuries. We surveyed families to find out how much this therapy costs. The medical care is completely free to children who are enrolled in clinical trials, and costs at most $13,000 for families who are not in a trial and have no health insurance coverage. Hence, patients can receive therapy at the world's leading center for the development of cord blood therapies for less than it would cost to visit an unregulated stem cell clinic.
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Autism Rates Are Rising
For a long time people thought more kids were being identified with autism because of better screening. It is now clear that the rate of autism really is rising. The latest CDC numbers released this week show 1 in 68 kids age 8 in the US have autism. For boys the statistic is 1 in 42. Most of us know a child or adult who is on the autism spectrum. What we don't know is what causes autism. However, one clinical trial is testing cord blood stem cells as a therapy for autism.
Shai's Story
Shai was a feisty little girl whose mother used her scientific background to search for the best approach to cure her cancer.  Shai narrowly escaped death many times, including a recovery that even her doctors considered a miracle, yet she died at dawn on the day that she would have begun kindergarten.  Her mother went on to found this website and charity in her memory.