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Cord Blood Transplants Beneficial When Matched Donors Cannot Be Found

The majority of patients in need of allogeneic hematopoietic cell-transplants do not have HLA-matched donors available. Researchers recently performed a retrospective study including 582 patients with acute myeloid or lymphoid leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome in need of hematopoietic cell-transplants. HLA-matched unrelated donors were found for 344 patients; 98 patients received a transplant from an HLA-mismatched […]

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Biovault Family Become the World’s First CellPlan Excel Bank

CellPlan launched this summer with a mission to make world-leading stem cell transplantation available to every family. Stem cell treatments can be expensive, especially when travel and accommodation are required to access the best care. CellPlan insurance covers up to £1 million in medical and travel expenses and offers its members consultations with leading medical specialists. Biovault Family […]

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Cord blood transplant saves young life from TPI, a rare form of anaemia

“Honestly, when Wyatt was born, we didn’t know if he would live four days,” Wyatt’s mum, Amanda Hanley, told the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas where her son was treated, “and now he’s 4 years old,” The world’s rarest illness? Wyatt was born fighting for his life due to a rare blood disorder called TPI, or […]

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Autistic Spectrum Disorder trial enrolling patients now

Duke University Medical Centre in North Carolina USA is enrolling patients diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in a phase one clinical trial involving infusion of their own cord blood stem cells. At Biovault, we’ve released 3 umbilical cord blood samples to Duke University Medical Centre in the last 5 years to treat cerebral palsy, so […]

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Stem cell injection repairs damage to London man’s heart after attack

A London family man has become one of the first patients to receive an injection that “heals” damaged hearts. The prognosis for Owen Palmer, 52, was poor after he suffered a heart attack. Palmer says that afterwards he was barely able to walk and was unable to climb stairs. “I would just sit in a […]

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Multiple Sclerosis stem cell treatment ‘helps patients walk again’

A new treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) has enabled some patients to walk again by “rebooting” their immune systems. As part of a clinical trial at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital involving around 20 patients, scientists used stem cells to carry out a bone marrow transplant. The method known as an autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplant […]

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First Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy patient to receive umbilical cord stem cell therapy turns 30

Ryan Benton was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) at the age of three and given a life expectancy in the late teens to early twenties. DMD is a relatively common progressive genetic disorder, which causes aggressive deterioration of the muscles. In 2009, at the age of 22, Benton’s condition was critical. He met with […]

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Cord transplant saves baby boy

A 7-MONTH-OLD boy received an umbilical cord blood transplant for a rare genetic deficiency at a Shanghai hospital yesterday. Doctors said it was the first case in China to be treated this way. They said the boy suffered from leukocyte adhesion deficiency, a rare disorder which leads to low immunity and recurrent infections. He was […]

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Why Our Babies Need Us To Take Umbilical Cord Blood More Seriously

Babies are born with a life-line that we in the UK throw away all too easily. Here are three good reasons to give umbilical cord blood banking some serious thought: 1: It could save their life Umbilical cord blood transplantation can cure 82 diseases – and that number is going up and up. The list […]

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