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Stem Cell Transplant Stops Sickle Cell In Potential Cure, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Reveals



7/2/2014 7:37:12 AM

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A stem-cell transplant reversed sickle cell disease in adults, according to a study that offers a potential cure for the debilitating condition. Half of those who had the transplant, which involved the patient and a sibling, also were able to stop taking immunosuppressant drugs without experiencing rejection or having the donor cells attack their body, research released today in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed. People undergoing stem-cell transplants usually must take immunosuppressants for the rest of their lives.

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