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Umbilical cord blood improves motor skills in some children with cerebral palsy

The NHS defines cerebral palsy as: “a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and coordination, caused by a problem with the brain that occurs before, during or soon after birth.” Up until now, there has been no cure for cerebral palsy, but an exciting new study by leading...

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Mother stores cord blood with Biovault to treat brother’s brain tumour

Georgina Russell knew that the blood in her baby’s placenta and umbilical cord was nutritious, but she never suspected that it would become so precious to her whole family. Living with glioblastoma Georgina was four months pregnant when she received the terrible news that her older brother, Ashley, had...

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Cerebral Palsy treated with sibling’s cord blood

Cerebral Palsy is the most common cause of physical disability in children Now it is possible for children with cerebral palsy to be treated not only with their own umbilical cord blood stem cells but also with those from a sibling. It has been a decade since the first...

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Could stem cells cure Parkinson’s disease?

Around one in 500 people are affected by Parkinson’s disease, which means there are an estimated 127,000 people in the UK with the condition. Most people with Parkinson’s start to develop symptoms when they are over 50, although one in 20 people with the condition first experience symptoms when...

Leukaemia and Cord Blood Transplantation

  Keegan’s story Keegan Doheney was just 2 years old when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. Fortunately, Keegan’s doctors were able to get the leukaemia into remission, but his parents knew that there was always a chance of a relapse. Keegan’s mum, Wendy, found out about cord blood banking...

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Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle Cell Disease Sickle cell disease is the name for a group of conditions that affect red blood cells. The most serious of these conditions is called sickle cell anaemia.Healthy red blood cells are disc shaped, but in sickle cell disease these cells have a crescent or “sickle” shape. Sickle...

Caroline Wyatt: MS ‘brain fog’ lifted after stem cell treatment

BBC journalist Caroline Wyatt has spoken of how the “brain fog began to lift” after she had pioneering treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS).   The former BBC defence correspondent was deemed unsuitable for an NHS trial and paid $60,000 (£48,000) for a stem cell transplant in Mexico in January....

NSW toddler reinfused with umbilical blood

A toddler from Sydney has become the youngest child in the world to receive her own umbilical cord blood in a study to prevent the onset of Type 1 diabetes. A Sydney toddler whose umbilical cord blood was stored to help treat her sister’s Type 1 diabetes has had...

Chicago Doctors use Stem Cells to cure Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease can cause debilitating fatigue, chronic pain, even death. But now what was once a life sentence may be no more. Doctors in Chicago say they are curing sickle cell disease in adults. The inherited illness affects about one in every 500 African Americans. Felita Sims, a...

8-month-old boy has lifesaving heart surgery in Oklahoma

This is a story of two siblings – two beating hearts – that need medical intervention by Oklahoma doctors using lifesaving blood. “He’s just full of joy,” said Christina DeShaw. And, you can see it in her 8-month-old son’s big bright eyes. However, Miles was still in the womb...