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Children with Leukaemia to Receive CAR-T Therapy on the NHS

Fantastic news today as children with leukaemia will be able to access CAR-T therapy on the NHS. The CAR-T cells in this pilot have been derived from peripheral blood. Groups are working on the same process using CAR-T cells from umbilical cord blood, a non-invasive source of therapeutic cells....

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Founder of UEA Genetic Disease Association Encourages Families to Bank Cord Blood

You may not have heard of Dr Maryam Matar,  Founder of the United Arab Emirates (UEA) Genetic Disease Association (GDA), but her achievement in genetic science is quite breathtaking. A pioneer in the field of genetic disorder studies, Dr Matar is also a multi-award winning geneticist and businesswoman; a...

How is Cord Blood Like an Umbrella? Save the Cord Foundation Explains

When you store stem cells, it’s like carrying an umbrella on a day that starts out fine. You don’t think you’ll need it, you hope you won’t need it, but there’s no predicting some rain showers. Save the Cord Foundation was established to help parents to prepare for those...

Poldark: Would Baby Sarah Survive Her Heart Condition Today?

Poldark fans felt the weight of Dwight’s grief this week as the doctor watched on helplessly as his daughter, Sarah died of a congenital heart condition unsuspected by Sarah’s (secretly) doting mother Caroline. (1) Poldark heartbreak as baby Sarah dies Poldark is a guilty pleasure for many of our...

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Child Safety and Risky Play

Child safety: a tricky balance Second only to cancer, accidental injuries are one of the UK’s biggest threats to children’s lives. “Accidents can be prevented” is the message of the organisers of this week’s Child Safety Week, “but there’s a balance to be struck. Children need to experiment, play and...

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Wounds healed by umbilical cord stem cells

We might soon change the way we think about wounds and the way they heal, thanks to research using umbilical cord stem cells to treat chronic wounds. Umbilical cord blood banking is by now a familiar option for new parents wishing to protect their family against diseases such as leukaemia,...

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MS Treatments – Stem Cells Stop the Disease in its Tracks

MS Awareness Week 2018: 23-29 April will be the best yet for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. With more medicines available than ever before and even tentative talk of a cure for multiple sclerosis(1), a defiant new generation is spreading the message: “I might have MS, but MS doesn’t have...

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Stem Cell Transplant “a miracle” for MS Patients

Doctors have described the use of stem cells to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) as a “game changer” and have welcomed the results of an international trial showing that stem cells can leave patients symptom-free. “It feels like a miracle” Louise Willets has described how her life has been given...

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Parents of Two Children Diagnosed with Leukaemia Find Hope in Cord Blood

David Nassy, the father of two young children both diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) has described the devastation he and his partner, Marie-Anne, have suffered since their son’s diagnosis in January 2016 and their hope that cord blood stem cells from their newborn baby will offer a lifeline...

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Autism Treatment is “Truly Amazing”

Families living with autism have welcomed life-changing news this week. 30 children with the developmental disorder have been successfully treated with their own umbilical cord blood in the world’s first randomised, double-blinded, placebo-tested crossover study. Parents welcome cord blood autism treatment Not only was the treatment for autism proven to be...