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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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Why Bank Umbilical Cord Tissue?

We’re familiar with the idea of cord blood banking and have read countless stories of the lives saved and enhanced by cord blood stem cell transplants. But why do Biovault Family offer umbilical cord tissue banking? Stem cells from cord tissue are not yet used therapeutically, so why are...

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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...

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Placental Stem Cells to Improve Stroke Recovery

Stroke affects around 150, 000 people in the UK and is the third most common cause of death. It is the equivalent of a Boeing 747 fully laden, crashing, killing everybody onboard every single week. (Professor Pankaj Sharma, Consultant Neurologist at University of London, Imperial College and The London...

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Kenan’s Story: Krabbe Disease

News that Illinois babies will “finally” be screened for Krabbe disease has been received with delight and relief all over the world. Krabbe disease can be treated with cord blood, but is rarely diagnosed in time for treatment to be effective. For Natasha Spencer, mother of Krabbe disease sufferer...

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Cord blood used to ‘switch off’ type 1 diabetes

Australian toddler Lucy Hinchion is already a medical pioneer. Aged just 20 months, Lucy became the youngest ever recipient of an infusion of her own umbilical cord blood cells to “switch off” type 1 diabetes. How can cord blood treat type 1 diabetes? Cord blood is rich in regulatory...

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Is cord blood banking worth the cost?

Cord Blood banking has become an important part of birth planning. There are now over 4 Million cord blood samples held in storage in 500 cord blood banks across the world, and these are increasing by 250,000 a year. But why are parents choosing to pay thousands of pounds to...

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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...