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Cord Blood Myths and Facts by the Cord Blood Association

‘Cord Blood Myths and Facts’ by the Cord Blood Association (CBA) offers a useful guide to the accuracy of popularly held views about cord blood banking. Through their piece, the CBA hopes to counter some of the conjecture heard by health professionals with medical fact. Here are 20 myths that can get in the way of […]

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Why cord blood is doctors’ first choice in treating Hurler Syndrome (MPS I)

Umbilical cord blood saved Lyla Edgington’s life when she was diagnosed with the progressive genetic disease Hurler Syndrome (a mucopolysaccharide storage disease, MPS I). In an interview for World Cord Blood Day 2018, Lyla’s parents Steve and Helen Edgington shared Lyla’s story. “It all started when Lyla was 5 months old” explains Lyla’s dad, Steve, “and […]

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Born with half a heart

https://www.chla.org/press-release/children-s-hospital-los-angeles-joins-national-consortium-study-use-stem-cells LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are launching a groundbreaking clinical trial to help babies born with a defect that leaves them with half a heart. Doctors are taking their treatment of this condition to a whole new level. In Janaury, Jasmine Guillen of Artesia was basically born with half […]

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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 a cleft lip, a cleft palate, […]

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Doctors Lobby for Cord Blood Education to be Legally Required

Cord blood Education has been a legal requirement in some parts of the USA for a decade. As doctors push for increased awareness, we ask: Why is the UK being left behind? Cord Blood Education in the United States Medical experts are lobbying Washington to make sure that pregnant women in other states know that […]

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First Ever Cord Blood Transplant: 30 Year Celebration

Cord Blood Connect 2018 provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the world’s first cord blood stem cell transplant. Everyone involved, including Matthew Farrow himself who was 5 years old at the time, came together in Miami to share the latest advances in cord blood transplantation. President of the Cord Blood Association, […]

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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. Biovault Techincal’s, Shaun Mansfield, a stem […]

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10 Essentials for Cord Blood Banking

How can we expect parents to trust cord blood banking if banks care for stem cells so poorly that they cannot be used for treatment? Earlier this year, Joanne Kurtzberg, a pioneer of cord blood banking and one of the world’s most respected specialists in umbilical stem cell therapy, made a statement to the directors […]

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