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Could stem cells cure Parkinson’s disease?

Around one in 500 people are affected by Parkinson’s disease, which means there are an estimated 127,000 people in the UK with the condition. Most people with Parkinson’s start to develop symptoms when they are over 50, although one in 20 people with the condition first experience symptoms when they are under 40. Men are […]

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Why Our Babies Need Us To Take Umbilical Cord Blood More Seriously

Babies are born with a life-line that we in the UK throw away all too easily. Here are three good reasons to give umbilical cord blood banking some serious thought: 1: It could save their life Umbilical cord blood transplantation can cure 82 diseases – and that number is going up and up. The list […]

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Biovault Family Become the World’s First CellPlan Excel Bank

CellPlan launched this summer with a mission to make world-leading stem cell transplantation available to every family. Stem cell treatments can be expensive, especially when travel and accommodation are required to access the best care. CellPlan insurance covers up to £1 million in medical and travel expenses and offers its members consultations with leading medical specialists. Biovault Family […]

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Save the Cord Founder and Executive Director Charis Ober Introduces World Cord Blood Day 2017

Charis hadn’t heard of #cordblood until her son was born. She was so inspired that she set up @SaveTheCord  #WCBD17

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Leukaemia and cord blood transplantation

Keegan’s story Keegan Doheney was just 2 years old when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. Fortunately, Keegan’s doctors were able to get the leukaemia into remission, but his parents knew that there was always a chance of a relapse. Keegan’s mum, Wendy, found out about cord blood banking when she was pregnant with her second […]

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Can I Delay Cord Clamping and Bank Umbilical Cord Blood?

Delayed cord clamping has been linked to health benefits for both mother and baby. But what does this mean for umbilical cord blood collection and transplantation? Is it possible to enjoy the best of both worlds? Stem Cell Scientists from Biovault and University College London, as well as the Parents’ Guide to Cord Blood Foundation, believe that it is. Here […]

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Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle Cell Disease Sickle cell disease is the name for a group of conditions that affect red blood cells. The most serious of these conditions is called sickle cell anaemia. Healthy red blood cells are disc-shaped, but in sickle cell disease, these cells have a crescent or “sickle” shape. Sickle-shaped cells are prone to clumping and […]

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Cord blood stem cell trial finds improvements in autism symptoms

Parents of 25 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) report that their children showed reduced signs of ASD after a recent stem cell treatment. The children received infusions of their own stem cells from banked umbilical cord blood as part of a clinical trial. ASD-related behaviour reduction The children (aged between two and five years)  had no apparent lasting adverse effects […]

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UF Health diabetes researchers discover a way to expand potent regulatory cells

For parents, storing their newborn baby’s umbilical cord blood is a way to preserve potentially lifesaving cells. Now, a group of University of Florida Health researchers has found a way to expand and preserve certain cord-blood cells as a potential treatment for Type 1 diabetes. The findings involve thymic regulatory T cells, a type of […]

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