Severe skin disease can be treated
Epidermolysis bullosa, or EB, is one of the cruellest disease children suffer from. Blisters appear on skin, and with slight pressure or bump they turn into gapping sores. Open wounds in the mouth and digestive tract appear and eating becomes impossible in some cases leading to death from cancer.
But there is god news for children suffering from this as researchers state that they have found a treatment meant for easing the suffering.
For repairing the condition stem cells in transplanted bone marrow to repair the skin and other affected tissues in children were used by an international team led by the University of Minnesota to ease the condition known as recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, or RDEB.
A protein missing in EB is provided by the stem cells traveling to the site of injury and this is required to build collagen.
Co-principal investigator Dr. Jakub Tolar, a pediatric bone marrow transplant specialist at the university's Amplatz Children's Hospital said, "We do know that these cells are contained in the bone marrow and cord blood that we infuse because we see these cells go to the skin."
About one to two kids out of 100,000 children are affected by this condition.
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