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Learn more about how umbilical cells are used to treat patients, read the latest stem cell research and discover the progress of clinical trials. Our articles include a broad range of topics, helping you to make informed decisions about your family’s health.

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Stem cell therapies and severe Covid – A fascinating discovery

Chemistry graduate and Ph.D student Michael Greenwood has written a fascinating article about recent clinical trials into stem cell therapies which could help treat severe Covid. Thanks to him and to for publishing the article, which we’ve translated into plain English for you.  Dangerous immune responses to severe Covid Severe Covid messes with the […]

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The birthing ball – Your best friend before, during and after birth

What is Birthing Ball? It’s a big, squashy plastic ball, not unlike those you see at the gym or use in a yoga lesson. Imagine a Space Hopper and you’ll get the general  idea. So why are they so popular? Birthing balls are amazing for all sorts of reasons before, during and after the birth […]

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How stem cell treatments help ease Muscular Dystrophy

Compassionate-use experiments have revealed an extraordinary result. It looks like stem cell treatments may provide an effective way to ease muscular dystrophy. While stem cells can’t cure patients’ underlying genetic condition, their many proven therapeutic properties might help ease the symptoms. So what’s the story? What is ‘compassionate use’ in drug testing?  ‘Compassionate use’ means […]

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Celebrating National Breast Feeding Month

Did you know that almost 68% of women in the UK start breastfeeding, but just 48% carry on for more than 6-8 weeks? At the same time the WHO recommends six full months of breast feeding.  Breast feeding doesn’t always come naturally and many women just can’t manage it for a variety of reasons. If that’s you, there’s […]

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What to consider when choosing a cord bank?

The science behind stem cells is complex, but there’s no reason why choosing a cord bank should be complicated. Look at it this way. Cord blood and stem cells are simply a kind of medical treatment, which means you use the same common sense parameters you’d use when pinning down any kind of medical support. […]

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How does cord blood banking work?

Did you know it only takes a few short minutes to give your child protection that lasts a lifetime? We can collect and safely store your baby’s cord blood and tissue to give you a life’s worth of peace of mind, thanks to a simple, painless process laid out in a kit containing all the […]

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Why does cord blood deserve an awareness month?

“Cord blood is the blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord following the birth of your baby. It is rich in blood stem cells, similar to those found in bone marrow, and these can be used to treat many different cancers, immune deficiencies and genetic disorders.” Source:  NHS at July 2021 marks Cord Blood Awareness Month. So why does cord blood deserve an […]

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10 best books on maternal health

Relaxing when you’re pregnant is good for you and your baby, and reading a book at night is the perfect way to wind down. It’s a match made in heaven! It also helps to know what to expect of your body and the changes it goes through, your emotions and the changes you might feel, […]

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6 signs of a great Cord Blood Bank

We lead the way in cord blood banking, and we’ve been doing it since 2004. Our long-standing relationships with Plymouth University and University College London support a team of top stem cell scientists. In 2017 our lead stem cell scientist, Shaun Mansfield, was awarded Knowledge Transfer Partnership funding by Innovate UK to look into a […]

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