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Umbilical cord stem cells may hold treatment for rheumatoid arthritis

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood may help treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Previous research using bone marrow stem cells has shown promise, but it's an invasive procedure that also becomes less effective with age.

When Chinese researchers infused umbilical cord cells into mice with RA, there was a significant effect, reducing the inflammation and overall severity of their condition.

They say it's a promising new therapy for a disease that right now has no long-term, drug-free cure.

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