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Clinical trial for a new stem-cell based therapy for a rare skin condition proves promising

September 2015

Promising findings from a trial for a new stem-cell based therapy for a rare skin condition have been published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. The study, which involved intravenous injections of stem-cells, has led to an improvement in the quality of life for the subjects and their carers.

Kaposiform haemangioendothelioma 

Kaposiform haemangioendothelioma (KHE) is a rare vascular (blood vessel) growth that may involve the skin and/or internal organs. It usually appears at birth or soon afterwards and in the early stages can be confused with other types of birthmark, such as an infantile haemangioma (also known as a haemangioma of infancy). Although it may be referred to as a tumour, it is not cancerous and does not spread to other parts of the body.

X-rays

An X-ray is a type of image used to show parts of the body. Usually, the X-ray machine is positioned in front of the patient, with the camera film behind them.

Sleep study

A sleep study is a test to see what happens to your body when it is asleep. When we’re asleep, we aren’t usually aware of what is happening with our basic functions. For example our breathing can become laboured, we can snore or make funny movements.