SOURCE: International Stem Cell Institute

July 13, 2010 11:48 ET

International Stem Cell Institute Launches Customized Stem Cell Therapy Treatments for Cerebral Palsy

Unprecedented Stem Cell Treatments Providing New Hope for Children With CP

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) -  International Stem Cell Institute (ISCI, www.iStemCelli.com) announced today the launch of highly effective Stem Cell Therapy treatments aimed at providing a better quality of life for those suffering with Cerebral Palsy (CP).

Details are available at www.iStemCelli.com/cerebralpalsy.html or calling 800-609-7795.

ISCI Executive Director Rita Alexander maintains, "Every parent wants their child to live a happy, healthy life as a baby, as a toddler, as a first grader. CP is a tremendously overwhelming condition -- it's really hard to understand the daily frustrations parents go through when a child is diagnosed with CP. And while the condition can't be completely cured, our stem cell treatment is dramatically improving the quality of life for many children, much beyond their parent's expectations. The results are truly amazing."

Cerebral Palsy is not a disease like chicken pox or measles. It is an umbrella term for a group of related disorders stemming from different causes. The condition seriously affects muscle movement, and is caused by abnormalities in the brain. One million children in the US are afflicted with CP, and more will be diagnosed as we see an increase in the survival of premature infants and multiple births.

According to Alexander, CP is often associated with injury in the womb or during birth, and especially evident in premature infants. Alexander notes, "The earlier we can treat an infant or child with Stem Cell Therapy the greater the positive impacts on their future development." She continues, "We're working with very young children and infants. Stem Cell Therapy is a very gentle treatment, it's gentle enough for a six month old baby."

The procedure -- safely and comfortably administering placental stem cells into several key parts of the body -- is a leading-edge alternative CP treatment proving highly effective for infants and even older children afflicted with CP. Alexander relates, "The good thing is parents don't have to wait for the new developments in this field, the procedure is available right now and affordable for most families."

Stem cell therapy has been shown to relieve a wide variety of CP symptoms. Alexander claims, "We're treating children with a variety of symptoms, like the lack of muscle coordination, those who have stiff and tight muscles or floppy muscles, children with exaggerated reflexes and children dragging one foot or walking on their toes."

ISCI's Stem Cell Therapy treatments are also being hailed as a potent medical tool in treating the seizures, difficulty with vision, hearing and speech, incontinence, and recurring lung infections that children can often experience with CP.

ISCI's CP patient advocate, LeiMomi Ferrill, has personally seen impressive results with stem cell therapy in CP patients. "You're heart really goes out to these parents and children. When a parent tells us their child can now roll over, or talk or balance a bit, they're walking through a door where they feel there is hope for the very first time. We have one child, William, who was practically comatose and unable to communicate. He's now telling his Mother he loves her, knows and calls his brothers by name, and is talking with his family about what he likes to eat."

Alternative treatments currently being explored for CP include electrical stimulation -- pulsing electricity into the motor nerves -- and hyperbaric oxygen therapy in which high concentrations of oxygen are forced into brain tissues under pressure. Researchers at the University of Georgia are conducting the first ever FDA approved stem cell clinical trials for brain injuries. Dr. James Carroll, chief of pediatric neurology at the MCG School of Medicine, claims, "Stem cell therapies using cord blood have been used successfully for more than 20 years, but here we have a study which is breaking new ground in advancing therapies for brain injury."

ISCI strongly supports scientific research on CP, especially the work of the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF), the leading nongovernmental organization funding advanced research in CP.

Patients and families with Cerebral Palsy are encouraged to learn about treatments by calling the International Stem Cell Institute at 800-609-7795 or online at www.istemcelli.com/cerebralpalsy.html.

About ISCI (www.iStemCelli.com)
ISCI is an innovator in stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine dedicated to providing a pathway to treatments which may improve health and quality of life for thousands of people with degenerative diseases around the world. Over 3,000 patients have safely undergone stem cell treatments. The company accepts patients globally, and is dedicated to the highest medical and ethical standards.

Disclaimer: Stem Cell Therapies offered for consideration by International Stem Cell Institute are not currently approved by the FDA and the treatments and procedures mentioned take place outside the USA. Stem Cell Treatments are not a cure for any condition, disease or injury, nor a substitute for proper medical diagnosis and care. The information contained in this press release and ISCI's written materials should not be considered medical advice. It is intended to be used for educational and information purposes only.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Mark Russo
    Global Marketing Director
    International Stem Cell Institute
    phone 800-609-7795