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Stem Cells Restore Sight in India

Ashok Chakravarti remembers the moment he went blind.
It was on February 18, 2002. He was at work, at a chemical plant, when a pipe carrying sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) started to leak.
“I was fixing the leak when the chemical splashed into my eyes,” he says. The accident damaged the outermost layer of his eyes, the cornea.

Chakravarti is among thousands of Indians who lose their sight in chemical accidents each year.
Today, some of those people can see again, thanks to scientists at the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, in Hyderabad.

The institute is treating patients with stem cells – not the controversial
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Stem cell cure for tumours

After extensively using stem cell therapy for treatment of leukemia, doctors are now pushing for using it to help cure solid tumours.

Doctors from various countries have congregated in the city to deliberate on the efficacy of using stem cells to treat the side-effects of chemotherapy, which, if given in high dosage, kills healthy cells as well.

“In several patients we have observed that the white blood cell count plummets following chemotherapy. This brings down the person’s resistance to infections. By transplanting stem cells we could counter that,” said Dr Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra, oncologist at Global Cancer Institute which is organising
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India’s First Dental Stem Cell Bank is Now Open

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The first-ever dental stem cell bank in India called “Store your Cells” has now been launched. This unique bank is the venture of started by dentists at Dhruv Polyclinic, Mumbai.

The venture was formed under the guidance of Dr. Kedar Gadgil, who is a successful implant dentist practising at London (UK), Kent (UK), and Mumbai . He is the Director and lead clinician of Dhruv Polyclinic.

Stem cell donor saves thalassemic boy

A two-year-old Delhi boy suffering from thalassemia got a new lease of life after a Bangalorean donated his blood stem cells to him. This is the first reported case in India of a thalassemia patient receiving blood stem cells from an unrelated donor.

Garvit Goel was advised to go for a blood stem cell transplant a year ago. None of his family members qualified to be potential donors. That’s when Sumeet Mahjan, a software professional from MindTree, stepped in.

For Sumeet, the turning point came in 2011 when his colleague’s 11-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia. MindTree requested Datri, an NGO
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