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Cleft Palate Mended with Umbilical Stem Cells Avoids Complex Surgery

Cleft Palate affects 1 in 700 babies and may now be treated with stem cells from the umbilical cord. What is Cleft Palate? The NHS explains that “the gap is there because parts of the baby’s face didn’t join together properly during development in the womb.”  Babies can be born with...

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Mum Hopes Baby’s Stem Cells Will Help End Son’s Cancer Nightmare

Elijah is three. He likes dens, jigsaws and PAW Patrol. He is also 1 of the 95 children to be diagnosed with Neuroblastoma each year in the UK and 1 in 10 million to suffer from OMS (‘Dancing Eye Syndrome’). After five rounds of chemotherapy and harrowing surgical experiences, Lauren...

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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...

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Wyatt’s Story: Cord blood transplant puts four year old “on the road to recovery”

“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...

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What Can Cord Blood Do?

Cord blood is special. It turns our babies into lifesavers and empowers families to fight disease. No wonder she looks so relaxed! Cord blood is a rich source of haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). HSCs are routinely used by the NHS to treat diseases of the blood and immune systems, like...

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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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Haemophilia and Stem Cells

Umbilical cord blood has been used to diagnose haemophilia in newborn babies for years. (1) Now scientists are developing a treatment for the blood disorder using stem cells found in the umbilical cord itself. What is haemophilia? Haemophilia is a life-long, hereditary blood disorder in which bleeding lasts longer...

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Brain Tumour Research Wear a Hat Day 29 March 2018

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer Wear a Hat Day, organised by the charity, Brain Tumour Research is entering its 8th year on a high. In Parliament, MPs including Jeremy Corbyn, Amber Rudd and Iain Duncan Smith have worn charity...

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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...