Study shows UK public are largely unaware of stem cells potential

April 2017

General Practitioners

Country of origin: UK

A SHORT VIDEO is available to publish to coincide with Stem Cell Awareness Day. New research by YouGov will reveal that nearly a third (32%) of Britons did not know it’s possible to store and donate umbilical cord blood and tissue, a rich source of stem cells which can be used to treat life threatening diseases.
It’s estimated that 400 patients each year miss out on treatment due to a lack of suitable stem cell donors. Yet the research found only 9% of patients stored cord blood when they gave birth; 2% privately and 6% donated to the NHS.

For patients with leukaemia - and other blood conditions – stem cell transplants can mean the difference between life and death. Clinical studies continue to explore whether stem cells can be used to treat other diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and even reversing blindness.

The VNR features interviews with Professor Mark Johnson – Professor of Clinical Obstetrics at Imperial College London and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital – who explains what stem cells are and what conditions they’re currently being treated by them. Shamshad Ahmed from Smart Cells International explains the process of collecting and storing stem cells at his clinic while Anett Kristyak from Middlesex discusses why she decided to store the cord blood and tissue for both of her children.

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