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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 former Undersecretary to the Emirati Minister […]

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Cord blood successfully expanded in groundbreaking cancer trial

Cord blood and its healing potential have been dramatically expanded by researchers in Canada. Stem cells collected from the umbilical cord and placenta are younger, healthier and more flexible than those sourced from bone marrow or peripheral blood. So naturally, these are these cells are favoured by doctors; cord blood transplants are more likely to be accepted […]

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Stem cells for cerebral palsy

When you store stem cells, it’s like carrying an umbrella on a day that starts out fine. You don’t think you’ll need it, you hope you won’t need it, but there’s no predicting some rain showers. Save the Cord Foundation was established to help parents to prepare for those unexpected bad spells that life can […]

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Poldark: Would Baby Sarah Survive Her Heart Condition Today?

As Poldark fans mourn the end of an era, we celebrate the cord blood therapy that could have changed everything for Dwight and Caroline Which is worse, burying a child, or leaving one behind? (Poldark S5.1) Caroline asks Demelza this agonising question as she lays flowers on her daughter’s grave. Close by is Valentine, the […]

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Cord blood transplant saves young life from TPI, a rare form of anaemia

“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 a rare blood disorder called TPI, or […]

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Child safety and risky play

Child safety: a tricky balance Second only to cancer, accidental injuries are one of the UK’s biggest threats to children’s lives. “Accidents can be prevented” is the message of the organisers of this week’s Child Safety Week, “but there’s a balance to be struck. Children need to experiment, play and take risks.”(1) In fact there is […]

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Chronic 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, sickle cell and lymphoma. Cord blood […]

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Childhood Memories, Shared by Biovault Family Readers

We have been totally overwhelmed by the positive response to our competition to win one of ten pairs of tickets to The Baby Show this May 2018 at Birmingham’s NEC and are thrilled to have the Biovault Bear announce the winners on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today. Hundreds of you have put your hands up […]

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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 leukaemia and neuroblastoma. HSCs can cure […]

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