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Cord blood transplant joy for young boy

A 4 year old boy with a rare disease, Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS) that is characterised by eczema, low platelet count and immune deficiency has been successfully treated with an unrelated cord blood transplant and 14 months post-transplant he is now free of eczema and bleeding episodes. This case suggests that unrelated cord blood transplants may […]

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Autism clinical trial

The latest clinical trial to explore the therapeutic potential of cord blood launched this month with a focus on autism. In recent years the number of children with autism has been rising, and no one knows why. A few months ago the Center for Disease Control and Prevention upgraded the prevalence of autism in children […]

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Stem Cells Show Promise in Stroke Recovery

In a pilot study at Imperial College London, stem cells taken from the bone marrow of five people who had recently had a stroke, were then infuse directly into damaged sections of the brain. Four out of the five patients suffered particularly severe strokes resulting in the loss of speech and paralysis down one side. […]

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Why you shouldn’t store whole blood even if it is a cheaper process

It is well known that freezing whole blood is a cheaper and simpler option for tissue banks when it comes to processing umbilical cord samples for stem cell storage. So why does everyone not store whole blood? The majority of tissue and cell storage banks remove the red blood cells from each umbilical cord sample […]

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Cord blood stem cells used to treat lung disease in premature babies

Premature babies have an increased risk of developing bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a serious lung disease, which is a major cause of death and lifelong complications. Researchers have conducted a Phase I clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of stem cell therapies in premature babies to prevent or treat BPD. The results showed an reduction […]

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Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for Patients with Active Rheumatoid Arthritis

A paper that has recently been published looks into the safety and efficacy of treating patients with active rheumatoid arthritis with umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs). 172 patients were divided into 2 groups. One group received disease-modifying drugs plus medium without UC-MSCs and the other received disease-modifying drugs plus UC-MSCs. The trial indicated that […]

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Expectant grandparents – how to help safeguard your grandchild’s future health

Since we were born, technology has developed in an unbelievable way! Who would have thought twenty years ago that today a newborn baby’s umbilical cord blood might be saved as a sort of cellular insurance policy? When we were born the umbilical cord was just thrown away as useless. Since then it has been discovered […]

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Listen to mother: time to change NHS practice on umbilical cord-cutting

A recent article published in the Guardian raises the issue of early clamping and how the National Childbirth Trust,The Royal College of Midwives and the World Health Organisation as does The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists all think that the cord should be left for 2-5 minutes before clamping (unless the mother is at risk). […]

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Pioneering Research To Manufacture Cells From Umbilical Cord Blood

The University’s School of Mechanical and Manufacturing  Engineering has been awarded a £1.3 million research fellowship by the  Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop tools for the manufacture of large quantities of medically valuable cells from umbilical cord blood. Research Dr. Thomas, a Senior Lecturer in Biomanufacturing, who has been awarded the […]

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