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March 15, 2024

Updated

May 29, 2024

How can stem cell therapy benefit children's health

Data shows that in the next 18 years, 1 in 16 children may need stem cells to better their quality of life.

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Data shows that in the next 18 years, 1 in 16 children may need stem cells to better their quality of life.

This information was gained by adding figures from childhood incidence of diseases and extrapolation based on the 18-year figure (multiplying some annual figures by 18 to reach the number).

  • 3,500 children will get leukemia this year. Multiplied by 18 is 63,000 → Source
  • 353,000 children currently have cancer, and one-third are estimated to be acute leukemia, which is 116,000 children → Source
  • In the next 18 years, 3,900 people may get aplastic anemia, based on the incidence of the disease in the population and the number of children in the country → Source
  • There are about 35 cases of Diamond-Blackfan anemia in the U.S. and Canada each year. The disease is normally diagnosed in infancy. In the next 18 years, that's more than 600 cases → Source
  • 20 kids are born with Fanconi anemia each year, and in the next 18 years, that is 360 cases → Source
  • Sickle cell disease affects 1 out of every 500 African-American and 1 in every 1,000 Hispanic newborns. Using Census data on births and multiplying by 18, that's 21,945 and 17,991 cases → Source
  • In newborns and infants, Langerhans cell histiocytosis occurs in 2 per million. There are 4 million infants born each year. Multiplied by 18, that's 144 cases → Source
  • As many as 100 children are diagnosed with SCID each year. Multiplied by 18, that's 1,800 cases → Source
  • Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome incidence is as much as 10 per million males. In the United States, using newborn figures, that's 367 in the next 18 years → Source
  • Krabbe disease affects about 1 in 100,000 people. Using newborn figures, that's 738 in the next 18 years → Source
  • Hurler syndrome occurs in about one of every 100,000 babies born. Using the birth calculation, that's 738 in the next 18 years → Source
  • Metachromatic leukodystrophy is reported to occur in 1 in 40,000 individuals. Using birth figures, that's 1,845 in the next 18 years → Source
  • Sanfilippo syndrome is seen in about 1 in 70,000 births. That's 1,054 in the next 18 years → Source

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