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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 T cells, which keep the immune […]

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How to care for baby’s umbilical cord stump

Taking care of your newborn baby’s umbilical cord stump is one of the first challenges of parenthood and can be a nerve-wracking experience. Here are 5 simple steps to help you keep your little one’s budding belly-button healthy and happy. Shortly after your baby’s birth, her umbilical cord will be clamped and cut 2-3 cm […]

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Watershed Moment for Autism and Cerebral Palsy Treatment

World Cord Blood Day 2017 could not have begun better, as news emerged that a successful clinical trial using privately stored cord blood stem cells to treat acquired neurological disorders has opened the door for many more children suffering from Autism and Cerebral Palsy. Duke University Medical Center has received permission to offer cord blood […]

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Cord blood treatments for 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 Kenan, and passionate campaigner for newborn […]

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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 stem cell scientists at Duke University, […]

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10 cord blood facts every new parent should know

As more and more parents discover the healing properties of cord blood, delayed cord clamping and placenta encapsulation have become hot topics, sometimes eclipsing the important message that cord blood stem cells save lives. So what should you know about umbilical cord blood? 10 cord blood facts every new parent should know: Cord blood is a […]

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Cord blood banking matters to me: Georgina, Ashley and Charley

Georgina Russell knew that the blood in her baby’s placenta and umbilical cord were 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 a rare, slow-growing form of the […]

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Welcome to Our World: World Cord Blood Day 2017

Biovault Family will open its laboratory doors to celebrate World Cord Blood Day We will be welcoming visitors to our Plymouth laboratories this November to celebrate the inaugural World Cord Blood Day. On 15th November events will be taking place all over the world, from Geneva to Jerusalem, Singapore to Seattle, to promote awareness of […]

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Neutropenia

This study could be life-changing for cancer survivors. Cord blood stem cells have now been shown to reduce neutropenia after chemotherapy, lowering the risk of infection in patients receiving chemo. WHAT IS NEUTROPENIA? Sufferers of neutropenia have low levels of neutrophils. These are a type of white blood cell that fights infection by destroying harmful […]

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