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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’s Shaun Mansfield, a stem cell […]

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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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What will you do with the afterbirth? Bin, Bank, Donate or Sell?

You’re likely to start hearing this question more often. As the UK wakes up to the fact that umbilical cord blood and tissue contain billions of life-giving stem cells, expectant parents have yet another decision to make, and this one might be the most important of them all. Bin it In the majority of births, […]

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Cord blood banking matters to me: Lauren, Jamaine and Elijah

When we first met Lauren in 2018, Elijah was three. He liked dens, jigsaws and PAW Patrol. He was 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, […]

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Baby born with heart defect treated with cord blood stem cells

Baby Ryals was diagnosed with a rare genetic heart condition whilst he was still in the womb. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a rare and complex form of congenital heart disease in which the left side of a child’s heart is severely underdeveloped. The prognosis for Ryals at birth was deeply worrying, and the baby’s […]

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